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Common Core Standards for Middle School Mathematics: A Quick-Start Guide

Kathleen Dempsey, Amitra Schwols, & John Kendall (Series Editor)

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Smart implementation of the Common Core State Standards requires both an overall understanding of the standards and a grasp of their implications for planning, teaching, and learning. 

This quick-start guide provides a succinct, all-in-one look at

  • The structure, terminology, and emphases of the Common Core mathematics standards for middle school.
  • The meaning of the individual content standards within all six domains—Ratios and Proportional Relationships, the Number System, Expressions and Equations, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability—with an emphasis on areas that represent the most significant changes to business as usual.
  • How the content standards and practice standards connect across grade levels to build on prior learning, deepen conceptual understanding, promote real-world application, and prepare students for high school level mathematics.

Here, middle school mathematics teachers and teacher leaders will find information they need to begin adapting their practices to ensure that all students master the challenging material present in the standards—updated with the new codes/referrals released in September 2012.

A practical lesson planning process to use with the common core, based on Classroom Instruction That Works, 2nd Edition, is included, along with three sample lessons.

Learn the Essentials of the Common Core

The grade-level and subject-specific quick-start guides in the Understanding the Common Core Standards series, edited by John Kendall, are designed to help school leaders and school staffs turn the Common Core standards into coherent, content-rich curriculum and effective, classroom-level lessons.

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"This book is one of the best resources I have encountered as a tool for teachers as they seek to implement these educational changes in their mathematics classrooms. It can and should be viewed as a handbook that every classroom teacher should have as a “go-to” reference on their desk!"

—Kathy Felt, middle school math department chair, Sherrard, Illinois

"On one hand the text provides clear and concise information that can be scanned quickly to affirm a novice teacher’s understanding. At the same time, experienced teachers like myself will find the information thought-provoking as we carefully read the text and apply it to our own personal experiences."

—Rebecca Anderson, learning consultant, Illinois

About the Authors

Kathleen DempseyKATHLEEN DEMPSEY is a principal consultant with McREL. In this role, Ms. Dempsey works to provide services, strategies, and materials to support improvement in mathematics education, curriculum development, formative assessment, and integration of instructional technology. Additionally, Ms. Dempsey currently serves as a primary investigator for two mathematics studies funded by the Institute of Education Sciences.  

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Amitra SchwolsAMITRA SCHWOLS serves as a consultant at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL). As an analyst at McREL, she has reviewed, revised, and developed standards documents for many districts, state agencies, and organizations. She has also reviewed instructional materials, created lesson plans, and conducted research on a wide variety of education topics. Ms. Schwols's work with the Common Core State Standards includes developing gap analysis, crosswalk, and transition documents, as well as facilitating implementation with groups of teacher leaders. 

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John KendallJOHN KENDALL (series editor) is Senior Director in Research at McREL in Denver. Having joined McREL in 1988, Mr. Kendall conducts research and development activities related to academic standards. He directs a technical assistance unit that provides standards-related services to schools, districts, states, and national and international organizations. He is the author of Understanding Common Core State Standards, the senior author of Content Knowledge: A Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for K–12 Education, and the author or coauthor of numerous reports and guides related to standards-based systems. 

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