On Tuesday August 28th, one of the hottest days of the year, I spent the day in the air-conditioned library at the Florence Rideout Elementary school in Wilton, NH. There, the principal, Tim O’Connell, the Curriculum Coordinator Julie Heon and about twenty-five special-ed, classroom, and Title 1 teachers, focused on the New Hampshire College and Career Ready standards (NHCCRS) for math.
Even though all of the teachers had dissected and unpacked the standards before, on this day we went through some activities that focused on what belongs in their grade and what belongs in another grade. For example, In 3rd grade many of the fraction standards are about understanding what a fraction is. In 4th grade the fraction standards focus on learning procedures and skills. In 5th-grade the application of fractions is required.
We talked about the importance of math fluency with math facts as well as computation. And completed a short activity related to the Standards for Mathematics Practices.
This is a tough time of year to keep teachers motivated to concentrate on anything other than getting ready for the first day of school, but they were all great and stayed focused throughout this hot summer day.