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Introduction to the Common Core State Standards (K-12)

Do you want to understand and learn how to implement the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics? This online course takes teachers on an in-depth tour of the Standards. By the end of this course, teachers will fully understand the scope of the Common Core State Standards and have an in-depth knowledge of what each standard means. Teachers also gain valuable guidance and procedures for implementing the Common Core State Standards in their classrooms.

Learner-Centered Math Instruction Using Manipulatives (3-6)

Do your students seem to flounder in math because they just can't "see it" in their heads? In mathematics, manipulatives provide the perfect segue from the unfamiliar to the familiar. They help students transform their mathematical reasoning so that problems become less confusing and much more clear. This online course is designed for teachers in grades 3-6 who want to learn how to incorporate manipulatives such as fraction strips, algebra tiles, and geoboards into their everyday teaching in order to guide their students to take ownership of their learning so that they can become critical and logical mathematical thinkers. Information on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics is shared together with distinct suggestions for how to incorporate specific manipulatives into your math instruction in order to improve the way students approach math problems.

Math Manipulatives in the Primary Classroom (K-2)

Do you want to use manipulatives to help your students understand math concepts more concretely? This online course is designed for teachers in grades K-2 who want to learn how to incorporate manipulatives such as pattern blocks, rekenreks, and geoboards into their everyday teaching in order to guide their students to become critical and logical mathematical thinkers. Information on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics is shared together with distinct suggestions for how to incorporate specific manipulatives into your math instruction in order to improve the way students approach complex mathematical topics. An overview of how to create a math workshop is also included in this course.

Math Problem-Solving Strategies for Grades 3-6 (3-6*)*

Why do students seem to have such a difficult time with the mathematical problem-solving process? The recent advent of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics has shifted the focus from teaching problem solving to teaching *via* problem solving. This online course is designed for teachers in grades 3-6 who want to help their students become critical and logical mathematical thinkers. Specific strategies are introduced that improve the way students approach math problems. Information on the problem-solving process is shared together with distinct suggestions for incorporating specific problem-solving strategies such as finding a pattern, working backwards, and logical reasoning.

Math Solutions: Implementing the Kindergarten Common Core Math Standards (K)

Do you need effective strategies for implementing the kindergarten Common Core Standards for Mathematics? This online course helps teachers understand and implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics at the kindergarten level, including both content and practice standards. By the end of this course, teachers have an in-depth knowledge of the standards as well as strategies and activities to support the standards at the kindergarten level. Teachers also gain information to assist in preparing students for the new Common Core assessments.

Math Solutions: Implementing the First Grade Common Core Math Standards (1)

Do you need effective strategies for implementing the first grade Common Core Standards for Mathematics? This online course helps teachers understand and implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics at the first grade level, including both content and practice standards. By the end of this course, teachers have an in-depth knowledge of the standards as well as strategies and activities to support the standards at the first grade level. Teachers also gain information to assist in preparing students for the new Common Core assessments.

Math Solutions: Implementing the Second Grade Common Core Math Standards (2)

Do you need effective strategies for implementing the second grade Common Core Standards for Mathematics? This online course helps teachers understand and implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics at the second grade level, including both content and practice standards. By the end of this course, teachers have an in-depth knowledge of the standards as well as strategies and activities to support the standards at the second grade level. Teachers also gain information to assist in preparing students for the new Common Core assessments.

Math Solutions: Implementing the Third Grade Common Core Math Standards (3)

Do you need effective strategies for implementing the third grade Common Core Standards for Mathematics? This online course helps teachers understand and implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics at the third grade level, including both content and practice standards. By the end of this course, teachers have an in-depth knowledge of the standards as well as strategies and activities to support the standards at the third grade level. Teachers also gain information to assist in preparing students for the new Common Core assessments.

Math Solutions: Implementing the Fourth Grade Common Core Math Standards (4)

Do you need effective strategies for implementing the fourth grade Common Core Standards for Mathematics? This online course helps teachers understand and implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics at the fourth grade level, including both content and practice standards. By the end of this course, teachers have an in-depth knowledge of the standards as well as strategies and activities to support the standards at the fourth grade level. Teachers also gain information to assist in preparing students for the new Common Core assessments.

Math Solutions: Implementing the Fifth Grade Common Core Math Standards (5)

Do you need effective strategies for implementing the fifth grade Common Core Standards for Mathematics? This online course helps teachers understand and implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics at the fifth grade level, including both content and practice standards. By the end of this course, teachers have an in-depth knowledge of the standards as well as strategies and activities to support the standards at the fifth grade level. Teachers also gain information to assist in preparing students for the new Common Core assessments.

Math Solutions: Implementing the Sixth Grade Common Core Math Standards (6)

Do the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics at the sixth grade level seem overwhelming? Do you have any idea of how to begin to implement these standards in your own practice? This course is designed for teachers who want to understand and implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, including both content and practice standards, at the sixth grade level. By the end of this course, teachers will fully understand the scope of the Common Core Standards and have an in-depth knowledge of the specific standards as well as strategies and activities specific to supporting the standards at the sixth grade level. Teachers will also gain valuable recommended resources that support implementation of the standards in the classroom. Teachers will be prepared to immediately begin effectively teaching the standards and preparing students for assessment.

Middle School Math Problem Solving (6-8)

Have you ever wondered why some of your students excel in math but seem to falter when it comes to solving problems? This online course is designed for teachers in grades 6-8 who want to help their students become critical and logical mathematical thinkers. Information on the problem-solving process is shared together with distinct suggestions for incorporating specific problem-solving strategies such as thinking logically, predicting and estimating, using a model or diagram, creating a table to find a pattern, and using an algorithm or formula. Teachers will gain valuable classroom ideas including using manipulatives, developing real-world problems, checking and explaining solutions, how to differentiate within the math classroom, as well as how to appropriately assess students in the problem-solving process.

Preparing Students for the Common Core Assessments (K-12)

Are you ready to administer the new Common Core assessments in your classroom? This online course helps teachers understand the impact of the Common Core Assessments and how they influence teaching strategies, curriculum design, and non-summative assessment methods. The course also provides detailed information on important shifts from standardized testing to the new assessments that impact the way lessons are developed and taught. Teachers also gain important strategies for helping students prepare for the Common Core Assessments, including study and test-taking tips. A multitude of resources, including sample test items, are included as well to ensure the teacher has the tools and information necessary to prepare for the Common Core Assessments.

Teaching Primary Grade Math Problem-Solving Skills (K-2*)*

Do you have students who excel at math computation but get lost when it is time to problem solve with word problems? This online course is designed for teachers in grades K-2 who want to help their students become critical and logical mathematical thinkers. Specific strategies are introduced that improve the way students approach math problems. By the end of this course, teachers will more fully understand how to best help students apply their logic and reasoning to real-world mathematical examples, and will have gained valuable classroom ideas including using manipulatives, grouping strategies, student-centered teaching, quality literature, as well as how to appropriately assess students in the problem-solving process.