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Implementing the Common Core through Mathematical Problem Solving

New NCTM Book Is First of New Series 

Implementing Common CoreNCTM has released a new book, Implementing the Common Core State Standards through Mathematical Problem Solving: High School, by Theresa Gurl, Alice Artzt, and Alan Sultan. This book is the first volume in a series of four, edited by Frances Curcio. Mathematics educators have long recognized the importance of helping students to develop problem-solving skills. More recently, they have searched for the best ways to provide their students with the knowledge encompassed in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This series from NCTM is designed to equip classroom teachers with targeted, highly effective problems for achieving both goals at once.

This book offers 44 problems and tasks for students, organized by the major areas of the high school mathematics addressed by the Standards for Mathematical Content in the Common Core: algebra, functions, geometry, statistics and probability, and number and quantity. Examples of modeling, the other main area of high school mathematics identified by CCSS, are incorporated throughout. Every domain that is required of all high school mathematics students is thus represented.

For each task, teachers will find a rich, engaging problem or set of problems to use as a lesson’s starting point. An accompanying discussion ties these tasks to the specific Common Core domains and clusters that they help to explore. Follow-up sections highlight the relevant CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice that students will engage in as they work on these problems.

This book provides high school mathematics teachers with dozens of problems that they can use as is, adapt for their classrooms, or be inspired by while creating related problems on other topics. For every mathematics educator, the books in this series will help to illuminate a crucial link between problem solving and the Common Core State Standards.


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