Against Answer-getting

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Planning Chapters, Not Lessons

These define the content of a student's mathematical character.
- Phil Daro

Phil Daro Mathematics Common Core State Standards

Phil Daro speaks to principles that he and the other Common Core State Standards authors established when forming the standards. He also discusses the intention of the standards and their vision. Daro talks about the potential that the CCSS-M have to effect change in education in the United States.

Formative Principles of the Common Core State Standards
(recorded in 2014)

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Formative Principles

Against "Answer-getting"
(recorded in 2014)

Phil Daro goes on to describe answer-getting, which is a problematic student practice that the Common Core State Standards address.

Correct answers are essential... but they're part of the process, they're not the product. The product is the math the kids walk away with in their heads...
- Phil Daro

Planning Chapters, Not Lessons
(recorded in 2014)

There's a lot of value to getting it just about right, and a lot of cost to getting it wrong, and what we discovered is that mathematics does not break down into lesson-sized pieces.
- Phil Daro

Phil Daro explains that planning individual lessons in isolation does not support thinking about mathematical concepts as well as chapter or unit planning does. He explains that “grain size" is a critical issue in mathematics instruction.