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WATCH: New Common Core Video Series Shows How Kids Today Learn Math a Better Way

April 5, 2016

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Gotta watch: New common core video series from @annelagamayo explains how kids today learn math a better way

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Long before Donald Trump declared Common Core a disaster or comedian Louis C.K. took to Twitter to complain about his child’s Common Core-aligned math homework, parents were asking questions: Why don’t these math lessons look like what I learned 20 years ago? What’s wrong with simply memorizing multiplication? What’s the point of a number line anyway?
(Read The 74 Flaschards: What ‘Common Core’ Is — and What It Isn’t)
It’s true, that schools are now teaching math a new way, and many educators believe it’s a better way – built around deeper understandings of numbers and processes, less tethered to rote memorization. That said, it’s a new approach that not every parent has seen, and not every family understands. So we’re doing our part to simplify and shine a spotlight on the new Common Core approach. Below, watch our new six-part series that aims to explain how Common Core math works, why it was developed the way it was developed, and how it instills in young learners a deeper understanding and appreciation for the way numbers work.
Looking to help your kids with their homework? Then watch — Math 2.0, Common Core Explained: Why Kids Today Learn Math a Better Way. (Edited and Produced by Anne Lagamayo, Additional Editing by Heather Martino, Animated by Mike Cheslik, Narrated by Mark Keierleber)
Part 1 - How We Imagine Numbers

Part 2 - Splitting the Bill, Common Core Style


Part 3 - A New Way to Multiply


Part 4 - The Man Who Reinvented Math


Part 5 - A Teacher’s Perspective


Part 6 - New Math, New Test


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