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New Florida Math Standards

Posted 06-28-2010 at 07:42 AM by Mariely
Updated 07-01-2010 at 09:58 PM by Mariely

I was recently trained in the new Florida Math Standards which we refer to as the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NG SSS) for Math. Basically, elementary grades are no longer going to cover all aspects of Math in each grade level (i.e. Number Sense, Geometry, Measurement, Algebraic Thinking, and Data Analysis/Probability). Instead, each grade level will focus on a few Math concepts which are referred to the Big Ideas.

In fourth grade for example, we will be covering Multiplication/Division, Area, and Decimals. We will also cover three supporting ideas which will help students review previously learned concepts and concepts they will learn in future grades. The state is moving from teaching a mile wide and an inch deep. Long gone are the days when we used to teach Math just to cover a topic without the students understanding it in depth. Now we will cover less but go much more deeper in the topic so students know it inside and out.

With these new standards, we are also getting a new Math textbook. The book is called Go Math! Florida and it's published by Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt. I Googled the book and found a really informative site with video FAQ's with answers provided by the two authors of the textbook. Here's the link:

I would like to hear from other Florida teachers who might be using this book and also what are your thoughts on the new standards. Thanks for stopping by.
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    My entire school totally agrees with this concept. I only wish we could convince our school district the value of teaching deep! Right now, we rush through the book so the end of the year test can be given by a certain day. It is crazy and totally ineffective! Good for you!
    Posted 07-04-2010 at 07:51 AM by twinsister twinsister is offline
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    Teaching Deep

    I totally agree! We have been teaching Math in a way that we just covered topics without stopping to really see if students were understanding it or not. This is why I was behind on our pacing guide all the time. I just didn't want to go to something new until I was sure my students understood most of what we were learning.

    I'm really happy about the new standards and I understand why there is a need for them. I hope that we get the textbook on time for the new school year since we were told that there might be a delay. Hopefully not. Thanks for your comment!
    Posted 07-05-2010 at 09:29 AM by Mariely Mariely is offline

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