How will you review the most essential foundational content and knowledge for each grade level and the next grade level? How will you streamline the curriculum to focus on the most essential concepts so that students can gain strong foundations?
In the online sessions, we will focus on the question, “What strategies support using the “math critical areas” to fill learning gaps and deepen student mathematical understanding?”
Focusing on critical areas does not mean deemphasizing some standards. To deemphasize standards that seem beyond these critical areas abandons parts of the curriculum that are essential for deep conceptual learning. Each standard is not a new event, but an extension of previous learning. Mathematics is not a list of disconnected topics, tricks, or mnemonics; it is a coherent body of knowledge made up of interconnected concepts.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Critical Areas for each grade level brings focus and coherence to the curriculum and guide instruction of ALL standards. This session will focus on using these critical areas to address learning gaps and deepen mathematical understanding of foundational learnings.
While planning for the diverse needs of students is not new, the complexity and uncertainty of the current educational landscape requires action. Develop an intentional plan now, and make a world of difference to student mathematical learning for the next school year and beyond.
Examine the critical areas and major clusters across grade levels to discover both the connection and progression of related standards.
Explore how a focus on the critical areas allows depth in learning, which is carried out through the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
Identify resources to assist with assessing student progression toward mastery within the Critical Areas of Focus.