Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine

Managing the workload

  • 14 Jan 2013 7:54 AM
    Message # 1179268
    Deleted user
    Steven Leinwand has suggested that "There are only about thirty to forty standards..at each grade level,resulting in a far more manageable work load than the forty to sixty objectives per year that many of us now face." 
    Common core has said that it lays out the core. I am finding 40-60 objectives plus all the pre-requisite work to still be a daunting task, not a 'core'. To follow the mathematical practices allowing for time to discuss, reason, make sense, persevere and construct viable arguments and still do a good job on the 30-40 standards requires more or different time than the time we now have for instruction. If we are attempting to keep up with schools that have 220 school days, I am not sure we can do it in the 180 days we have (140 if you take out for assemblies, field trips and special events). How to fund possible longer days or years is another troubling question.
  • 18 Jan 2013 10:43 AM
    Reply # 1182955 on 1179268
    Bill Shardlow
    Hi Mary!,
    Long time, no see, hope you and family are well.   Well said on the workload, but guess we will have to figure out a way to do all things for all people all the time.  :-)  Seriously, it does appear a overwhelming task, but I am sure that if we all put our heads together, we can find a way to make it at least more attainable and manageable.  At least I hope so, or I'll have more gray hair than I have now!  Look forward to talking with you,
    Bill
  • 19 Jan 2013 4:59 AM
    Reply # 1183529 on 1179268
    Sally Bennett
    Mary, I totally agree with you.  There simply is no time.  And, looking at the situation through the lens of student learning adds yet another wrinkle as every child learns at a different pace and with a different depth of understanding.  This is something I can try to facilitate, but, in the end, I cannot control. One step at a time, right? Otherwise, the whole process seems futile.
  • 22 Jan 2013 11:46 AM
    Reply # 1185917 on 1179268
    Donna Longley
    Time is a big factor. I have 2 other teachers that teach math at my grade level (4th) and we meet once a week for 45 min to an hour with our math coach. We meet before school (our choice) and share thoughts, lesson ideas, homework, centers, etc. This way I also don't feel like I am in it alone.
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