Project 8- Week 5

New York has implemented the common core in mathematics for grade level K-12. The common core learning standards are focus,coherence and rigor. These principles requires for students and teachers to focus on their time and energy on fewer topics, in order to form deeper understanding and to apply what is learned. Common core mathematics is designed to understand concepts and not just memorize answers but to solve real- world problems, while demonstrating why the method they chose is accurate.

The exception of common core is to improve a student’s learning and to have a better understanding of concepts. According to the article “Too Much Soon” by Laura Fricke Main,  “The standards alone are not sufficient for appropriate implementation”. In order to have an effective learning standards and implementation it will require better classroom practices, teaching strategies that connects the interest and abilities of children and promote their development and learning. It is argued that in order to implement coherent for students, there will be a need for cooperation and collaboration, It seems that there is more work to do and discussion that needs to occur for common core. The standards alone do not determine how well each state performs because those with high standards do no better than those who are identified as having low standards.

There is work that has to be done for Common Core, in order for students to enhance their learning. If the Common Core is not well implemented than students achievement will be low. There needs to be more practices for students: based on their abilities and interest.  There also has to be new teaching strategies for teachers to use for their lessons plans. I believe creating an educational game may improve a child’s learning. Many children are attracted by games. There is a lot of games in the industry that may have been created for children to improve in math. But there has not been a game that relates to questions that may be in a math common core exam. A game that can help them stay engaged and motivated may allow children to use critical thinking, and help improve on memory. I want to see if a digital Math Common Core game can help improve a student’s achievement and memory?, Will the game help a child critical thinking?, Are they using their memory to learn?.

There are different types of learners and we have to based this upon a child interest and ability. The world of technology is growing rapidly. Using virtual games may engage a child to learn and stay engage, teachers will be able to interact with them and collaborate together.  Gives students a chance to improve on critical thinking and staying focus because of their interest.

Many students have low scores in common core math, there should be an improvement on strategies.


Main, L. F. (2012). Too much too soon? Common core math standards in the early years. Early Childhood Education Journal, 40(2), 73-77. doi:10.1007/s10643-011-0484-7

Bush, Sarah. and Karens. “Prerequisite algebra skills and associated misconceptions of Middle Grade Students: A Review”. The Journal of Mathematical Behavior 32.3 (2013) Psycinfo.web. 24.Feb. 2016.

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About Robert O. Duncan

I'm an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences at City University of New York, with joint appointments in Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroscience. I also have an appointment as a Visiting Scholar at New York University. My research interests include cognitive neuroscience, functional magnetic resonance imaging, glaucoma, neurodegenerative disorders, attention, learning, memory, educational technology, pedagogy, and developing games for education.

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