Common Core State Standards are ushering in some exciting changes for education. The are three key shifts in math: greater focus on fewer topics, a coherent curriculum with links among topics and across grade levels, and an increase in rigor through real-world applications and modeling (representing quantitative data in a visual way). Which do you think will have the greatest impact on instruction? Please comment.
All these changes have implications for education moving forward. Math teachers, who have taught the same basic way for many years, will need to learn new ways of instructing. They will need new materials and new technology. Training, materials, and technology cost money, so a major implication of the switch to Common core State Standards is the financial cost. However, this cost is an investment in our future.
Please comment on the implications you predict for the shift in math standards.