The changes that the Common Core are bringing to math education have to start at the elementary school. These changes are not just curriculum but also instruction. The best way to prepare our students for life after their school years is to start as early as possible!
Imagine if all students in math class could achieve at high levels? Students need to be shown that there is no need for a bell curve and that all students are capable of learning and understanding math.
As the higher expectations of math get pushed down from the high school to middle school, they don't stop until the elementary school. One of the problems with raising the expectations at the elementary level is that there need to be engaged, knowledgable teachers ready to teach it.
Curricular changes should have a huge impact on instruction. When it is time to teach something new, there is probably also a new way to teach it. Teachers today are given a great opportunity to learn new instructional practices to math the new curriculum.
There are somethings in education that high school teachers have known for a while. There are changes in college expectations and in career expectations. It is time to share these ideas with elementary teachers to let the true changes begin.