Common Core Math – 3rd Grade
Common Core gets a lot a press these days and most of it results from the fact that it is not ‘what we are used to’. When most adults went to school, math was a series of ‘rules’ and ‘processes’ that we executed in order to ‘solve’ a problem. The premise behind Common Core is that students should develop and understanding of math concepts so that, when faced with problems of a complex nature, they have the mathematical understanding to ‘figure it out’ rather than relying on a series of steps that may not necessarily apply. The ‘rub’ lies in that it makes what seems to be ‘simple math’ into a complex task that makes no sense to the parents at home trying to help with homework. Regardless of your feelings, here’s some information that may help parents understand the standards and provide some insight as to how to ‘help my kid with his homework’.
The standards: Operations and Algebraic Thinking Strand