2Transitioning to Math in Focus Why Math in Focus?The Common Core Math Standards call for a new level of rigor, depth, and coherence that will prepare our students to compete successfully in college and in the modern workforce.
3Transitioning to Math in Focus Why Math in Focus?After careful review, Dunlap teachers and administrators felt the Math in Focus series was the resource needed for our students to achieve the curriculum as set forth by the Common Core Math Standards.
4Math in Focus Research A Comparison of the United States and Singapore Trends In Math and Science Study (TIMSS)
5Did You Know?A student’s attitude and belief he or she can do the math is as important as actual ability.
7Benefits of Math in Focus Students will learn the ‘why’ behind the math concept before they learn the ‘how’.This allows teachers to teach to mastery.
8Concrete Pictorial Abstract Visualization Math as thinking Key StrategiesConcrete Pictorial Abstract Visualization Math as thinking
9Unit Format Chapter Pre test Lessons Chapter Post test Assessments (pre and post tests) are designed to meet the rigor of the Common Core State Standards. Therefore routine and non routine problems are included.
10Pre Tests in Math in Focus Pre tests in the Math in Focus program are philosophically different. In Math in Focus, students doing well on the pretest means that they are READY to learn the topics covered in that chapter. It does not mean the child already knows the material.
11Each lesson follows this format : Direct InstructionGuided PracticeHands-On ActivityLet’s PracticeIndependent PracticeOne important note: Lessons in Math in Focus require multiple days to ensure mastery is being achieved. No longer will there be a new lesson every day.
12Direct InstructionDirect instruction revolves around conversations and visualizations of the skill being taught in the lesson.Through conversations between teacher and students, a solid foundation is established.Direct instruction occurs several times during a lesson.
13What Direct Instruction Looks Like… Students will not see the picture. Rather, the teacher uses the picture to guide the conversation.
14Guided Practice Includes: Manipulatives Teacher questioning Cooperative groupingThis occurs several times throughout the lesson.
16Hands-On ActivityAllows the students to demonstrate their understanding of a skill.Allows the teacher to assess students’ understanding and correct errors
17Hands on Activity:Students applying what they know
18Let’s Practice Last step before independent practice Allows the students to demonstrate their understanding of a skill independently in classAllows the teacher to assess students’ understanding and correct errors
20Independent Practicea.k.a. ‘Homework’Students will move to independent practice when understanding has been demonstrated in the classroom.Although some independent practice will take place at home, most will be done in school.
21Math in Focus SequenceThe concepts and skills are intentional, designed to prepare students for success in more advanced mathematics.
22Spiraling in Math in Focus Based on the work of Jerome BrunerA curriculum as it develops should revisit basic ideas repeatedly.Each time a concept is revisited in Math in Focus, it is also extended.Students are not just repeating skills, rather practicing the same skill at a higher level.
23Differentiation in Math in Focus: On Level Learners have experiences that will solidify their learning.Struggling Learners spend more of their experience in the concrete phase, with manipulatives and visuals to aid their learning.Advanced Learners have experiences of varying complexity to extend their learning.
24Final ThoughtsIn order to change the way a student learns, teachers must change the way they teach.As the nation transfers to the new expectations of the Common Core State Standards, what is taught and how it is taught will evolve to meet those guidelines.
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