MTE 533 Current Trends Paper

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Current Trends Paper
Melissa Scholtes
MTE/533
February 9, 2015
Antoinette Gravely

Current Trends Paper
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have affected the teaching of mathematics and science in several ways. In transitioning from No Child Left Behind to CCSS there have been two main changes that are responsible for affecting how teachers deliver mathematics and science instruction. With these new standards, there has been a shift in curriculum focus and a shift in the types of assessments used. These changes have greatly affected the lessons and teaching techniques used at all grade levels. The CCSS provide a clear set of shared goals and expectations for the knowledge and skills that students need at each grade level; however, they don’t dictate how teachers should actually teach the content (Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2015). This means that teachers can interact with students, evaluate as students’ progress through the content, and tailor lessons as necessary to meet the needs of individual students. The standards now stress conceptual understanding of big concepts and require the use of integration to draw connections. Additionally, in requiring students to understand a concept in a relational manner compared to an instrumental manner, teachers will need to begin to ask students to justify, explain, and apply their knowledge to evaluate whether or not it was understood. This has led to a fundamental change in teaching mathematics and science. Teachers now need to incorporate literacy, and intentionally use it in math and science lessons. This is done by scaffolding literacy skills from reading and writing standards into lessons; it requires a balance between literacy instruction and traditional math and science activities (Miller, 2013). An approach like this allows for students to use a mixture of literacy, problem-solving, and reasoning skills to study a concept in more depth. Additionally,...
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