Thursday, April 18, 2013

Common Core--Math and Modeling

The Common Core Standards are only for Math and Language Arts because these are the subjects upon which other subjects are built.

Math standards have been written for Grades 1-8 and the following math content areas for hish school: number and quantity, algebra, functions, modeling, geometry, statistics.

Everyone is familiar with most of these math content areas. One--modeling--might puzzle many educators. Just what is modeling?

Modeling is using data from observations to make decisions about a wide range of subjects, including students' daily decisions.

Modeling problems involve a number of math content areas. It could be a process used to figure out how to feed and provide water a a city of 1 million after a natural disaster. Or it can be used to analyze the changes in each area of Greenland where the ice sheet has disappeared and predicting what will happen to these areas in the future.