Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Workshop adds up


Teachers learn to incorporate math

Teachers in Webster Parish are developing professionally so they can develop successful mathematicians of the youngest of students.

Forty-six kindergarten and first grade teachers from the parish recently attended a workshop that will help them incorporate Mathematics Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

"The common core state standards for math were aligned with the current math GLEs (Grade Level Expectations) being taught by kindergarten and first grade teachers," said Marty Kilgore, Title II Staff Development Facilitator for Webster Parish Schools. "Professional development was provided for teachers to begin bridging the gap in mathematics instruction to what will be required with the common core state standards."

According to CCSS's Web site, the goal of Common Core State Standards is to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Education adopted Common Core State Standards in July of 2010 as part of the federal "Race to the Top" campaign, which awards grant money to participants.

Louisiana plans to implement the standards by the 2013-2014 school year.

Kilgore began working toward implementation of CCSS with kindergarten and first grade teachers during the spring semester of 2011.

"During the Spring 2011 workshop sessions, teachers began reviewing the common core state standards for their grade level," she said. "Hands-on math activities were modeled for teachers to demonstrate how to extend current math instruction to meet the Common Core State Standards."

According to Kilgore, one example of a gap between the current GLEs and the CCSS can be found in the kindergarten math curriculum.

GLE 1 requires kindergarten students to count to 20. The Common Core State Standard (K.CC 1) requires that kindergarten students count to 100 by ones and tens.

"To build a strong foundation of math concepts and skills that will prepare our students for full implementation of the Common Core State Standards in 2014-15, we are implementing a math curriculum that meets the more rigorous standards that will be required," she explained.

Two make-and-take workshop sessions were offered this summer to all parish kindergarten and first grade teachers as a follow-up to the professional development provided in spring 2011.

During the summer workshops, teachers were provided with the opportunity to create math materials to use with their students as they begin bridging to the Common Core State Standards this year.

For more information on Common Core State Standards visit www.corestandards.org or http://www.doe.louisiana.gov/topics/common_core.html for more information about Louisisana's plan for implementation.






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