I recently joined a conversation on Twitter about pathways through the Common Core State Standards and potentially-shifting opportunities for advanced students. It seems I’m not alone in wondering how a transition to the CCSSM will play out in our actual classrooms and departments.
I teach in a very small math department (two members for the entire 7-12 program), so I am particularly curious to know how debates are unfolding and plans are taking shape in other school districts (like yours!).
For districts both large and small, I imagine it would be helpful to know the questions others are grappling with, as well as the solutions they’re proposing to the many challenges that will arise as we make this transition. If you’re interested in adding your voice to the conversation, drop a line in the comments describing as many of the following as you please:
- Your district’s intended approach (traditional vs. integrated)
- Timeline (and other relevant details) for your transition
- A link to a course sequence/pathway (if you have one), or a list of the options students have at each grade level
- Plans for acceleration (i.e., what to do with/for your students who want/need/deserve to be challenged)
- Plans for remediation (i.e., what to do with/for your students who struggle to the point of failure in one or more classes)
- Concerns and challenges
- Other random insights
- Lingering questions
- Whatever else comes to mind
Since I’m not interested in highlighting our approach as anything worthy of emulation, I’ll share my school’s plans, questions, and so forth, in the comments.
Thanks in advance to all who chime in!