Ahhhh, summer! The weather is beautiful. The smell of BBQ is in the air. Family and friends are starting to look familiar again. The time when teachers press reset button for the school year. Hats off. This is your time .
For those of you who need something to read by the pool (kiddie or hotel), I found this article by Matt Larson (NCTM president) wherein he highlights the purpose and development of the Common Core State Standards and the five paradigm shifts that should occur to improve the system of math education. While we did not officially adopt the CCSSM, the principles he talks about are the same and, as he quoted the authors of CCSSM, "the standards are not just promises to our children, but promises we intend to keep."
We have all worked very hard to implement similar changes in our Utah State Core and recognize the benefit from the data gleaned from SAGE. Once you finish perusing the article, consider reaching out to your legislator and inviting them to your class to see how great this approach to the Utah Math Core can be.
To contact a senator: http://senate.utah.gov/contact/index.html.
To contact a representative: http://le.utah.gov/house2/representatives.jsp
As you may remember, Matt Larson is scheduled to be our keynote speaker at UCTM this November. Registration is now automated and quick at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/utah-council-of-teachers-of-mathematics-conference-2016-registration-19496882701.
Have a great summer and don't forget the sunscreen!