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Helping Teachers: Coherence and Focus by William McCallum
Helping Teachers: Coherence and Focus
William McCallum, a lead writer of the CCSS, explains how the coherence and focus of the standards were designed to help teachers succeed in the classroom. From the Hunt Institute. 2-min video.
Focus in Mathematics
The Standards call for a greater focus in mathematics. Rather than racing to cover topics in a mile-wide, inch-deep curriculum, the Standards require us to significantly narrow and deepen the way time and energy is spent in the math classroom. We focus deeply on the major work of each grade so that students can gain strong foundations: solid conceptual understanding, a high degree of procedural skill and fluency, and the ability to apply the math they know to solve problems inside and outside the math classroom.
Students should spend the large majority of their time on the major work of the grade (). Supporting work () and, where appropriate, additional work () can engage students in the major work of the grade. Emphases are given at the cluster level. Refer to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics for the specific standards that fall within each cluster.