Our shift to College and Career Readiness standards and the need for our students to be able to think, strategize, and attack problems in math might seem too lofty. The key will be all of the stakeholders in our students' lives (parents, teachers, kids) to teach kids how to solve the NEXT problem they encounter not just the one in front of them.
As we continue our implementation of the new Indiana Academic Standards, you may notice some changes to instruction and testing. If students meet these new, rigorous high standards, they will have better career choices in their lives, and the nation will be more competitive in today's global economy. Parents are an essential partner in the education of your child and your support is appreciated.
A New Emphasis For students, one of the standards’ most important new requirements is that correct answers alone will not be enough. Correct answers are very important, but along with them there is a new set of “mathematical practices” that teachers will expect from students. This is part of their preparation for 21st century jobs. This letter is about these mathematical practices.
Mathematical Practices In today’s environment, there are “habits of mind” that students need to develop and use when they employ math strategies, talk about the math they are learning, and solve problems. These practices help them learn the content and describe how students should be able to use the mathematics they learn in the world. These skills are important to employers who want to hire people who can solve problems and make sense of things. These are the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice.
Parent support: Encourage your child to think back to what has been learned. Did he/she solve similar problems before? Urge your student to keep trying, to consult a classmate, or to look for help online to make sense of the problem.