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5th Grade Math Problems: Common Core Alignment

Posted by The LearnBop Team

Jun 30, 2015 8:36:00 AM

The Common Core is a set of academic standards in mathematics and ELA, English language arts/literacy. These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. To date, the majority of U.S. states have adopted or are beginning to adopt these standards in the classroom. (Check out this map to see where exactly the CCSS has been adopted.)

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources

Show Me the Money: 6 Steps to Help Teachers Advocate for an EdTech Purchase

Posted by Chris Brida

Jun 29, 2015 10:11:51 AM

It’s that time of the year—budget time! Well, actually it’s not that time of the year because budgets are frozen, but it’s the time of year to start thinking about what you might want for your classroom next year. And I’m not talking about pencils and paper, I’m talking about technology.

You’ve gone to all the tradeshows, your colleagues have told you what’s good, and now you just need to convince your principal to make an investment in you and your classroom. I’m very purposeful about my use of “investment” here, because that’s what EdTech is. You aren’t just throwing money into a wishing well and hoping for something good. Instead, you’re going through a very deliberate process and asking your principal to make an investment in the success of your classroom.

So now what? You want it, but how do you get it? There’s a process that I think is tried and true (I’ve tried it once, and it worked!) that I want to share with you about going through the procurement process with your principal.

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

How to Engage Math Students in Essay Writing: Six Approaches to Get Students Thinking Differently about Mathematics

Posted by Jessica Mills - Guest Author

Jun 26, 2015 10:50:21 AM

As you know, mathematics is a very complex subject. Learning it requires more than just memorizing sets of facts and examples. If students are not able to process their ideas before, during, and after learning has taken place, they will have trouble really improving their conceptual framework.

This processing can take place orally, through discussion; mentally, through thinking back over the work and learning done; or in writing, by explaining in a narrative form the process they just went through. Ideally, all of these modes are used by a teacher, so that students have multiple opportunities to cement new knowledge, and also so that students who learn in different ways can have their unique learning styles supported.

This might sound funny, but mathematicians don’t just scribble mathematical notations on chalkboards until arriving at a profound new theorem, or answer to a problem. In addition to doing math, mathematicians are also required to write clearly and effectively. How else could they explain their ideas to people who don’t have their specific skill sets—or, in some cases, even to those who do?

In addition to these considerations, mathematicians also need to keep a complete record of their ideas and work, and be in a position where they can communicate their findings to the world. The list below takes a look at some of the strategies that can be used to engage math students in essay writing.


This is a writing strategy that a teacher uses throughout or at the end of a lesson to engage students to develop big and better concepts and ideas. In mathematics, you can use these strategies to foster this kind of engagement.

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Topics: Resources, Teaching & Learning

Five Things You Didn't Know About the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP)

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 25, 2015 7:00:00 AM

In alignment with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which Missouri adopted in 2010, and the Missouri Show Me Standards, the MAP exams are intended to bring data-driven instruction to classrooms and increased accountability to the state's public education system.  

Given that the MAP tests are an integral part of schooling in Missouri, we wanted to share this list of five things you might not already know about the assessments.

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News

Five Things You Didn't Know About North Carolina's End-of-Grade Tests

Posted by David Moadel

Jun 24, 2015 12:50:00 PM

North Carolina's State Board of Education has never backed down from the challenge of measuring student proficiency, and the state willingly raised its academic standards when it adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2010 to work in conjunction with its own set of rigorous benchmarks. 

In developing standardized assessments with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, North Carolina became proactive in evaluating the academic progress of its K-12 public school students so that instruction could be adjusted and accountability maintained. The result is a suite of assessments known as the North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests, and these tests are like nothing North Carolina has seen before. 

We can examine—or perhaps re-examine—how the state chooses to assess its students with the following five facts pertaining to the North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests.

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Topics: Implementing the Common Core, Resources, State News