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Common Core Math


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What is procedural fluency, and how is it emphasized in the Common Core State Standards? Where do verbal skills fit in the Common Core math framework? How can understanding content clusters help your students build knowledge between grades?

Get the most out of your Common Core training with this scaffolded professional development course and interactive workshop. This course will help you optimize your existing math lesson plans to meet the Common Core math standards. You’ll learn how the Common Core shifts the focus of math instruction and how to break down domains into teachable chunks and clusters. Finally, our hands-on workshop will guide you through creating a new lesson plan that you can use immediately.

Product Description

This course reviews the basics of teaching mathematics under the Common Core State Standards. Math teachers in Common Core states will find this session useful, but it is relevant to any math teachers who want their students to engage deeply with math content.

The course begins by analyzing the major shifts in math instruction with the Common Core. After reviewing the shifts, the course continues with a brief lesson explaining how PARCC tests assess math standards. Next, the course offers instruction on how to integrate the new Common Core practices into your current teaching plan. Finally, the course moves into a hands-on workshop format. Teachers use our instruction, guidance, and downloadable resources to begin a new lesson plan that is centered on teaching the Common Core Math Standards. Teachers continue to work with this lesson plan throughout the workshop, identifying math standards that are addressed or could be addressed, linking content math standards with Mathematical Practice Standards, and integrating CCSS practices into their teaching. See the Table of Contents tab for more detailed information.

Throughout the course, participants will have access to useful downloadable resources that they can refer as often as needed, even after the course is complete. Teachers will gain a new outlook on teaching math in the Common Core classroom. Participants will also leave the course with a new lesson plan made as part of our hands-on workshop. Upon upload of that finished lesson plan, we will issue a certificate that can be submitted to administrators as proof of completed professional development hours.

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Designed with K-8 teachers in mind but useful for all math instructors.

This course takes 1-3 hours to complete. Upon uploading a completed lesson plan, you will receive a certificate that can be submitted to your administrator as proof of time spent.

For Illinois teachers, ISBE clock hours will be provided upon request. Contact us for more details.

See our Professional Development page for information on our other online and in-person professional development offerings.


Introduction and opening video
Lesson 1: Highlight Three Key Shifts in CCSS Math Instruction.
    Shift 1: Teach Critical Concepts
    Shift 2: Increase Depth of Learning with Mathematical Practice Standards
    Shift 3: Link and Build Skills Across Grades
        Engage: Use the grade-level math skills checklist to track skills in an existing lesson plan

Lesson 2: Understand How PARCC Assesses Math Standards.
        Engage: Outline or review a math unit with performance tasks that link content and practice standards

Lesson 3: Integrate CCSS Math Practices into Your Teaching.
    Shift 1: Teach Critical Concepts
    Shift 2: Increase Depth of Learning with Mathematical Practice Standards
    Shift 3: Link and Build Skills Across Grades

Hands-On Language Workshop
    Review and Finalize Your Lesson Plan
    Upload Your Lesson Plan
    Reflect on Your Lesson and Make Improvements for Next Time

    Grades K–2 Math Skills Checklist
    Grades 3–5 Math Skills Checklist
    Grades 6–8 Math Skills Checklist
    Math Unit Planning Template
    Grade K Model Unit Plan
    Grade 3 Model Unit Plan
    Grade 8 Model Unit Plan