As the new Common Core State Standards are being implemented in math classrooms around the U.S., middle school educators are facing two challenges:
1. Keeping middle school students interested in learning
2. Meeting the rigor of the new standards
Here’s a little hope for math teachers: A recent survey of middle school students by Raytheon Co., indicates 7 out of 10 students like math! The survey also indicated that Math is the third most popular subject just behind gym and art. That’s good news. Another finding in the survey sheds light on how students prefer to learn new subjects. 48% of students prefer hands-on learning, while 37% of students report preferring to learn with computers. Dead last in order of preference is lecture from a textbook.
Fortunately, the Quantile Framework for Mathematics provides teachers easy access to hands-on, computer based, free resources to help spark student interest in learning mathematics. These resources are aligned with Common Core State Standards, and all 50 state curriculums and are available in the Math Skill Database and Quantile Teacher Assistant.
Additionally, these easy to use tools offered at no cost to educators allow for differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students without the difficulty of navigating through endless math websites. Dr. Malbert Smith and Jason Turner, in a recent white paper wrote, “As the rigorous Common Core State Standards in Mathematics move from the adoption stage into the implementation stage, it is imperative that classroom educators be given the tools and resources that will allow them to move beyond whole-class instruction and begin to differentiate for math students at every level.” The Quantile website simplifies teacher efforts to locate and utilize relevant materials because these resources are attached to each Common Core standard.
As the implementation of the Common Core standards becomes a reality the Quantile website can be a vital tool in the classroom. In addition to the tools mentioned for the teacher, the free tools offer a meaningful way to differentiate math instruction for all learners and to link students to resources in a way that can be engaging and fun.