nctm - 1 2 Curriculum Focal Points PK-8 A Quest for...

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3 Curriculum Focal Points PK-8— A Quest for Coherence Released September 12, 2006
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4 The Problem: Two Major Issues to Address Long lists of mathematics learning expectations at the state level with little consistency across states Emphasis on breadth resulting in lack of depth, i.e. “mile wide, inch deep” curricula in mathematics
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5 State Year Level Objectives AZ 2003 4 86 CA 2005 4 56 FL 1996 3-5 33 MD 2004 4 90 MI 2004 4 56 MO 2004 4 33 NC 2003 4 30 NY 2005 3-4 40/133 NJ 2002 4 86 TX 2005 4 35 WA 2004 4 163 Data from the C enter for the S tudy of M ath C urriculum
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6 The Rationale: How to Address the Issues Identify key mathematical ideas across preK-8 that prepare students for future mathematics, particularly algebra Identify the mathematics that should be the focus of instruction and student learning at each grade level, preK-8
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7 Process Standards Problem Solving Reasoning Communication Connections Representation Principles Equity Curriculum Curriculum Teaching Learning Assessment Technology Content Standards Number/Operations Algebra Geometry Measurement Data/Probability
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8 NCTM Curriculum Principle A curriculum is more than a collection of activities. It must be: coherent focused on important mathematics well articulated across the grades Principles and Standards for School Mathematics p. 14
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