We have been busy over the summer getting all our math club and summer math camp curricula ready for fall. In addition to making the curriculum pages look all purdy and such, we have also been through an exhaustive (and exhausting!) review of our lessons and activities. Our Mathematicians-in-Residence burned the midnight oil to compare our club and camp kits to the national Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. Zeno’s 2013 editions are now completely annotated; every activity has a note and a key as to how it pertains to those Standards. Yeah, we’re feeling pretty good about it.
Of course, our curricula and our focus as an organization is about fun, not necessarily about the alphabet soup of educational acronyms, standards, or high-stakes testing. It is about having kids – every kid, really – seeing themselves as math-powered. But it is also important to have street cred with the educators who are doing the heavy-lifting in our schools everyday with kids. And that’s why it is handy to have that information literally at their fingertips.
Learn more about Common Core here.
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