Jason Zimba: The Common Core and Different Instructional Approaches
Jason Zimba, one of the lead writers of the Common Core and co-founder of SAP, has written a blog post entitled: When the Standard Algorithm Is the Only Algorithm Taught. The blog addresses the relationship between the Common Core and pedagogy, specifically looking at the way in which the Standards allow for different instructional approaches. He corrects the common misconception that the standards demand that teachers introduce multiple algorithms to solve problems, and instead demonstrates how a teacher may choose to meet the standards by only teaching the standard algorithm. He illustrates his point in this table, by annotating the progression of standards that leads to the standard algorithm with specific instructional decisions.