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Math Today
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Teaching elementary school math just got trickier, or at least deeper.
The new Common Core State Standards (MAFS) require students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of math concepts, which means teachers will have to change how they teach those concepts too.
"Most people think math is computation at the elementary level – drilling them in the skills,” said Jeanie Behrend, an education professor focused on math education at California State University, Fresno. “Math is really about application and problem solving.”
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Let me break it down to simpler terms:

Higher Academic Standards: While there have been multiple movements in education over the past hundred years to change academic requirements, the most recent push, which has taken the form of the Common Core State Standards, asks students to meet benchmarks at younger ages and to develop a deeper understanding of what they are learning. The idea is that the higher academic standards will ensure students are adequately prepared for college and the careers of the 21st century.

Emphasis on the 'why' and the 'how':While many of us spent our time in math classrooms memorizing formula after formula, today, just as much emphasis is put on the “why” as the “how.” Students are expected to not only study and master specific math skills, but also to understand the concepts behind them. Today’s math classrooms are flipping the old adage “a mile wide and an inch deep” on its head.

Allows for exploration One of the most notable changes in math education has been a shift in views as to how students learn. It used to be that children were asked to repeat math concepts until their responses were automatic – remember the endless pages of multiplication tables? Now students are encouraged to explore ideas and experiment with different avenues of inquiry. Learning is dynamic, rather than static.

Realworld Application: Math has made the shift from an abstract concept filled with formulas and theorems to a concrete example of skills that can be applied in the real world. Educators now make a point of showing students how what they’re learning can be used outside of school. Math is no longer a list of things to memorize and then promptly forget after you’ve taken the test – it’s a tool to be used beyond K12 education.