tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.comments2014-09-02T10:06:58.515-04:00CCSSI MathematicsFive Trianglesnoreply@blogger.comBlogger111125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-1538088444774364002014-09-02T10:06:58.515-04:002014-09-02T10:06:58.515-04:00Here is a well-documented article about who was on...Here is a well-documented article about who was on the CC math work groups....http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/those-24-common-core-2009-work-group-members/comment-page-1/#comment-9743...A couple of college level mathematicians, a few high school teachers long out of the classroom, NO one with ANY elementary teaching experience, NO one with ANY specialty in early elementary "math education" (a much needed component to the writing of standards for elementary students, I would say) or even middle school math teachers or math educators, some English teachers turned corporate "education experts", and a few mystery people with apparently no background in anything!Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-52297311824463680932014-09-02T09:12:57.059-04:002014-09-02T09:12:57.059-04:00I would still question if he really understands fr...I would still question if he really understands fractions and is able to answer more thought-provoking and abstract questions than the straightforward "problems" that he is undoubtedly very good at computing. There is a world of difference between being able to "multiply across" to get the right answer, and being able to show or explain or justify why when you multiply whole numbers the answer gets bigger, but with fractions the answers get smaller.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-48833676731599776432014-08-19T21:22:13.133-04:002014-08-19T21:22:13.133-04:00The analytical, situated-learning approach would h...The analytical, situated-learning approach would have been to ask the students in a free-response question, "What is the error in thinking common to both students' approaches?" Oops. Free response = human grader = $aquaversehttp://aquaverse.wordpress.com/noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-64754737887316200772014-08-19T21:19:03.297-04:002014-08-19T21:19:03.297-04:00Awesome, to use common third-grade parlance. The c...Awesome, to use common third-grade parlance. The column did its job.aquaversehttp://aquaverse.wordpress.com/noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-91948169734705065902014-08-18T03:15:40.765-04:002014-08-18T03:15:40.765-04:00Before giving SAT MATH test you must clear your ma...Before giving SAT MATH test you must clear your math concepts it is very big issue and can create problem for student so must solve this in start. If you don’t know how to prepare this then arrange s tutor. How we can increase points in SAT MATH.sat prep boca ratonhttp://prodigypreptutoring.com/sat-prep-boca-raton/noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-11501152555085087952014-08-11T21:42:09.790-04:002014-08-11T21:42:09.790-04:00This is what I have seen also...these computer tes...This is what I have seen also...these computer tests are nothing more than glorified bubble tests...definitely not worth the millions of dollars needed to get a district up and running for them.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-60382902365110541672014-08-11T21:32:29.970-04:002014-08-11T21:32:29.970-04:00Totally agree with Anonymous27Jan...if Gates is fe...Totally agree with Anonymous27Jan...if Gates is feeling so philanthropic and his philanthropy truly has nothing to do with turning a profit, why not donate computers and the infrastructure to run them, to every school in the country?Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-56622459920736453822014-06-12T19:33:33.649-04:002014-06-12T19:33:33.649-04:00I stumbled upon your site while trying to find the...I stumbled upon your site while trying to find the standard for circle graphs in the Common Core standards. I was unsuccessful, so I just googled it. I am amazed that this standard has just poofed from existence. This bothers me to some degree as a math teacher. I think students should learn all about all types of graphs, because that is one area that they will encounter after they leave the classroom. I actually saved a pile of Times Magazines with amazing graphs in them over the years to use in my classroom. Now to see that those magazines can't be used?!?! Wow...Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-40211137028369583332014-05-05T09:21:47.304-04:002014-05-05T09:21:47.304-04:00Hi, sorry to be off topic, but I don't know an...Hi, sorry to be off topic, but I don't know any other way of getting in touch with you. I have following your other blog (Five Triangles) for some time, and really like some of the problems you put up there. I would like to talk to you about the possibility of publishing some of them on Illustrative Mathematics (with attribution, of course). Could you get in touch with me at william.mccallum@gmail.com?Bill McCallumhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09647093331377576865noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-72788177035019372082014-04-22T19:02:38.372-04:002014-04-22T19:02:38.372-04:00I hate these tests their just so stressful its jus...I hate these tests their just so stressful its just a waste of time with these tests even my teacher is stressed outAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-89556730309606565762014-04-07T17:38:26.356-04:002014-04-07T17:38:26.356-04:00They're asking the little pre-kindergarteners ...They're asking the little pre-kindergarteners to explain their thinking in words, they cant even write their names!Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-1461821397040491052014-04-07T17:36:50.614-04:002014-04-07T17:36:50.614-04:00I am a student taking these tests. There's so ...I am a student taking these tests. There's so much stress on me and school-mates during this time of year just because of these tests. It's difficult and honestly... stupid. I believe that the state should just use the normal "old-fashioned" teaching. The type of educational system my parents received at my age. Even with english, it saddens me when I see people at my age or older than me who can't spell. When our school was taking the test I saw a page of another student who had spelled it "hapend". But anyway, the tests are ridiculously hard and should be saved for high school where it is traditionally taught. The math just puts so much stress on everyone, including myself I'm afraid of not being promoted. If only the state could just look inside the average N.Y classroom...Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-21320510552515269942014-03-19T22:17:20.888-04:002014-03-19T22:17:20.888-04:00Thank you for the great detail. I so appreciate th...Thank you for the great detail. I so appreciate this for future discussions with my children's principal, administrators, and teachers.I am a parent and not an educator. You did a fine job explaining in great detail your objections to each problem that was easy to understand for those that do not have great math minds. Thank you for your work. How do I get on your e-mail list?Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-38629967494604659282014-03-14T06:57:47.552-04:002014-03-14T06:57:47.552-04:00I believe this way of thinking will greatly increa...I believe this way of thinking will greatly increase the math ability of our youth. Sorry. We have an epic disaster on our hands now, perhaps caused by people who don't really "get" math designing things. Trained as an engineer, I can tell you this will help kids actually understand how things work, instead of the memorization we all grew up with. I believe people don't like this because they don't like math. I am not an educator, but a business owner, saddened by the lack of ability to understand how to use numbers in the people I employ. It allows them to make financial mistakes, etc., and is a real life problem. If you are not good at manipulating numbers and math concepts, please don't chime in about how this is not good; it's not helpful.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-65903513725639578122014-03-13T21:01:21.439-04:002014-03-13T21:01:21.439-04:00I'm so glad I went to school in the 50s and 60...I'm so glad I went to school in the 50s and 60s this has my head hurting ...God help these kidsAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-49517533587748588692014-02-19T11:10:22.729-05:002014-02-19T11:10:22.729-05:00In grade 3, part C, the interactive version has th...In grade 3, part C, the interactive version has the students use a ? rather than <em>R</em>. But the item asks for a multiplication equation that Andy <em>could</em> have written using ? for the # of rows. From that instruction, this is acceptable: ? x 1 = ? And so is <em>y</em> x ? = 56 <br />I doubt that is what the item writers want, but that is in the range of what they asked for.C.L. Ballhttp://skepticismiscertain.orgnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-13907574756872114562014-01-31T17:44:24.466-05:002014-01-31T17:44:24.466-05:00I've been teaching my third grade son about fr...I've been teaching my third grade son about fractions recently.<br /><br />And I guess I'm just a big ol' dummy because I showed him that a whole number such as 3 could be represented as 3/1 and that he could multiply any fraction by 1 and get the same fraction with a different denominator multiplying by 1 , where 1=n/n.<br /><br />Of course, he speaks Mandarin, but I've been teaching him in English, so maybe I'll switch to fenzi and fenmu to see if it helps.<br /><br />But so far he seems to understand. All it takes is some practice.<br /><br />Seriously, we set the bar way too low for our kids. <br /><br />BTW, he's already scoring at a 5th grade level on his math tests, so maybe I'm doing something right after all...<br /><br />Gawd knows the crap they're teaching him in the school is a bunch of worthless, wordy BS.<br /><br />Giving the kids examples, diagrams, pictures, etc. and practice help a lot. <br /><br />All the fancy words just get in the way.<br /><br />I throw something at him and if it sticks, great, if not, then we try again later.<br /><br />3rd grade "progression" be damned.Shamashhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06886687970259841873noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-34598921795479174502014-01-27T00:12:56.143-05:002014-01-27T00:12:56.143-05:00I would not use the term "precise" in co...I would not use the term "precise" in context of the math standard.<br /><br />Precise:<br />marked by exactness and accuracy of expression or detail.<br /><br />synonyms: exact, accurate, correct, specific, detailed, explicit, unambiguous, definite <br />Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-72530775822346464912014-01-14T21:17:52.637-05:002014-01-14T21:17:52.637-05:00I found a counterargument to every one of the auth...I found a counterargument to every one of the author's complaints here with a 2 minute perusal of the actual CC standards. The much-ballyhooed first question says "as a fraction of the whole" which implies a scale of 0 to 1. The whole point of a graphical representation with equal scales is to be able to eyeball data and estimate. Subtracting 2 1/3 from 7 is the same as subtracting from both sides -- and one can answer that question WITHOUT actually doing any equation solving as the incorrect answer involves subtracting something outside the parenthesis from something inside the parentheses when, even if using something like PEMDAS, you know you can't do. Students are introduced to the cartesian plane as "distance" and "direction" from the origin in 4th grade, so the negative axis should not confuse. Whether the student does 1/3 x 108 or 108 x 1/3 doesn't matter for this question so it is CC appropriate, etc. etc. etc. Brian Boughtonhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05710559212858722496noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-72903177950153971662013-11-19T12:02:26.734-05:002013-11-19T12:02:26.734-05:00Why didn't Gates just give all schools in the ...Why didn't Gates just give all schools in the US new computers for every student in every classroom and the infrastructure to actually use them? Easy, clean, needed. done.<br />Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-48063594023425712402013-11-14T21:09:05.542-05:002013-11-14T21:09:05.542-05:00The part I love is that PARCC expects students to ...The part I love is that PARCC expects students to type explanations, when most third graders (for example) have had no formal keyboarding training. How's that gonna work?? How are schools going to be expected to administer PARCC exams to various grade levels, when most have one computer lab...that's supposed to be available to students for learning activities. How long will the labs be unavailable due to testing?Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-89752685083063079612013-11-14T05:35:52.607-05:002013-11-14T05:35:52.607-05:00The two number lines in the 3rd grade item are mea...The two number lines in the 3rd grade item are meant to uncover a typical misconception, that 3/2 is somewhere around 3 and 2 and 5/6 is between 5 and 6. The presentation almost seems to lead students into this typical error and to question their own understanding. Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-40728236900263386782013-11-12T22:50:47.351-05:002013-11-12T22:50:47.351-05:00Oops, yeah.Oops, yeah.CCSSI Mathematicshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12318317536740240935noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-71900312647352900682013-11-12T22:45:51.284-05:002013-11-12T22:45:51.284-05:00"The problem never delves into the true high ..."The problem never delves into the true high school caliber mathematics; that is, if a student actually forms the equation 1–x=(0.11/x²) and solves it, there’s a quadratic involved, which explains the two solutions for x."<br /><br />It's uglier than that. If you form the equation, it isn't quadratic. It's cubic, meaning that there ought to be three solutions. The third, of course, is negative, thus falling outside of the specified domain and outside of the graph.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6172532982347376290.post-9814565664991341172013-11-12T13:24:10.840-05:002013-11-12T13:24:10.840-05:00The item for 3rd grade on the PARCC website has ch...The item for 3rd grade on the PARCC website has changed cards to tiles in Part A.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com