This year we will be focusing on the Common Core standards for math8
. If you like to read that kind of thing, its available but pay attention to the last section labled
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model with mathematics.
- Use appropriate tools strategically.
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure.
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
Every year i get asked the question When am I ever going to use this, and lets just be honest, for 95% of my students anything past negative numbers just goes into the ether once they pass high school. So I have to answer them with NEVER. However, having said that I do believe it is still critically important that students continue learning math, and it is for these 8 mathematical principles listed above. These 8 principles I believe get used every day in peoples jobs, in their day to day chores, in the mundane little things that we have to do as humans on this planet. Now how do we teach these 8 principles? By going through all the stuff that they will likely forget as soon as the test has passed. However I will have done my job well, if students can answer YES to the above 8 principles.