Welcome to a Year of Magnificent Mathematics!
The basis of the mathematics curriculum is the Georgia mathematics performance tasks. These are real-life problems that ask the students to apply mathematics concepts. Classroom teachers are doing a variety of things to help the students master the concepts, skills, and the tasks. One method is facilitated group work, where the teacher assigns a group of students a problem and they work collaboratively to solve the problem. When students have questions, the teacher is right there to assist by reviewing necessary skills and/or concepts to help them be successful. Another method is direct instruction (used less frequently than before), where the teacher demonstrates/models for the students how to solve the problems. Overall, the presentation of the content is based on the Mathematics Instructional Framework, which includes a thorough opening and/or mini-lesson, a well-defined work session, and a meaningful closing to summarize the concepts learned that day. The transition to the standards-based classroom is a work in progress, and teachers are continuing to hone their skills in order to make the shift to a fully operational standards-based classroom.
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