Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Recently Released Draft Model Curriculum Units (Prototypes)

The DESE Center for Curriculum and Instruction's mission is to:

"help schools, districts, and organizational partners build capacity to engage all students in learning to meet rigorous expectations" 

In order to support schools implementation of the new curriculum frameworks they have released a protoype/draft model curriculum units. The mathematics unit is: Grade 6 Ratios and Rates which I have included here and can be found on-line as well (with units for ELA, Social Studies and Science) and other DESE resources at

Released: 4 Draft Model Curriculum Units (Prototypes)
Through the Race to the Top Initiative, teams of educators from across the state will develop more than 100 pre-k to grade 12 model curriculum units in English language arts and literacy, history/social science, mathematics, and science and technology/engineering. Four of these draft model curriculum units are now released to the public and all districts for try-out and feedback, they include:

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

MCAS Transitions Webinar REPEAT DATE Wednesday January 23, 2013 11am-12pm EST


January 23th,  2013, 11:00am - 12:00 pm

Transitions in Mathematics MCAS 2013
Offered in conjunction with the ESE Commissioner’s District Math Network

In 2013, the MCAS mathematics tests will be assessing the new 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Mathematics. There are many changes and challenges ahead. The transition plans and assessable standards lists are posted on the ESE assessment website, but you might like further information to understand how the MCAS tests are changing for grades 3-8 and how the Grade 10 test is essentially remaining unchanged.

Topics in this DSAC webinar include:
Challenges inherent in transitioning the Grade 10 MCAS mathematics test
Differences in the transition plan for the MCAS mathematics tests in grades 3-8
Details on how the “assessable standards” lists were determined
Understanding what “assessable” means

If you would like to attend this webinar please contact me, Norma Gordon, via email:       


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Resource sharing and Mathematics UDL

Blogger, Twitter, Scoop-it, Pinterest, Tumblr. Which are you following? Using? I intend to selectively share resources related to GB DSAC districts' initiatives. My twitter feed (see link to the right) will include these and other resources "as I find them".

This week's resources align to the three principals of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) the foundation for supporting robust tier 1 instruction used in many GB DSAC schools and districts.
Provide Multiple Means of Representation

Use to represent (mathematics) vocabulary. Here is an example for "equation"
source: "equation" in

Provide Multiple Means of Action and Expression

Consider offering student assignment "menus"with directions such as, "Choose a variety of activities from the menu below. The activities must total at least ____ points. Place a checkmark next to each box to show which activities you will complete". Examples can be found here,

Provide Multiple Means of Engagement 

Use the TED talks (beta) site for education. Mathematics lessons are at I recommend this engaging Ted-Ed on estimation using powers of 10. Make sure you follow the lesson links for assessing (Think) and extending (Dig Deeper).