The latest “Common Core” worksheet

Give it a chance, people. Not everyone learns the same and understanding is something that is lacking in a majority of students right now. It’s not their fault. It’s one of the byproducts of a rush to cover 135 standards in a year for math (yes, really). But, we NEED to get back to THINKING and UNDERSTANDING in the classroom.

Overthinking my teaching

You have seen this on Facebook.

Original (Click to enlarge)

Ugh what a mess.

Please share the annotated version widely.

I’ll say what I have to say (comments closed) and move on. If you wish to discuss further, hit me up on Twitter or pingback to the blog. Want to talk in private? Click the About/Contact link up top.

Also, Justin Aion—middle school teacher extraordinaire—wrote up his views on the matter. You can read them over in his house.

Here goes…

The intended answer

Dear Jack,

You only subtracted 306 from 427, not 316. You need to subtract another 10 to get the correct answer of 111.

Sincerely,

Helpful student

The purpose of this task

I cannot say whether this was the right task for this child at this time because I do not know the child, the teacher or the classroom.

I can say the following:

  • Analyzing errors is a useful way…

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