As a math teacher with about a decade of practice, I have encountered many challenges in teaching the Common Core Math Standards to my middle school students. Upon reflection, my two greatest challenges when planning and approaching my grade level math instruction are:
Instead of implementing the Common Core standards at Kindergarten and working our way up through the years:
The second challenge has been finding high quality teaching resources, problem sets, and activities that are actually engaging and worthwhile. We use to have textbooks and curriculum resources available to our district but over the past couple of years we have phased these out due to financial constraints.
Some of my colleagues have used and recommend Engage NY and Eureka Math to help fill in deficiencies in our curriculum resources. While very strong and useful, I have found difficulties implementing these problem sets and resources into my own classroom teaching style. The programs are well intentioned and as I said, very useful, but I found that I need to modify nearly every aspect of the lessons to make them accessible for my students and that in it of itself is about an hour of work time minimum.
I’d be better off allocating that time to just creating my own lesson plans. Which, myself and some colleagues decided to do. We recognized that we would be better off collaborating and creating learning activities and experiences for our students rather than looking outward for those resources. We know our students’ needs and learning styles more so than anyone else. Therefore, we decided to create lessons and units that we use in our own classrooms and share those with other teachers using our Teachers Pay Teachers store.
We know how time intensive and difficult it is to create high quality lesson plans and we figured we could help out our colleagues by offering our own completed resources with great value at a very affordable price. Check out some of our newest units below:
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