I really appreciate the ability to share personal immigration stories with young people to help them make the connection to what they’re hearing in the news each day. I think that this content with some great discussion and reflection questions would make for a great free Classkick assignment for teachers. Would you be open to collaborating on creating one that teachers can use?

Thanks!

Laura Litton (laura@classkick.com)

Director of Teacher Happiness

Classkick

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That may sound strange; especially with adults, the mode and clarity of communication is as important, or perhaps more important than the content.

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Parents just want their kids to memorize the addition and multiplication tables because that’s how they did it. But the Common Core methodology stresses explaining kids reasoning, including coming up with more than 1 way to do simple addition.

For example, to compute 7+15, my kid had to explain that you can [1] start with 15 and count 7 spots up or [2] start with 15 and “move” 5 from the 7 to make 20 then include the remaining 2 or [3] group the 5 and 7 together to make a 10 group and 2 remainder, then the 2 tens make 20 with the additional 2 for 22. When I was growing up, all we did was count up. We had to eventually figure out broader understanding and not everyone figured this out.

So, my point is, your complaint about Common Core taking up too much time seems to miss that the extra time is spent on what you want math teachers to teach: a deeper understanding of math.

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