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Peer Reviewed


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Scholarship of Discovery; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) represent the beginning of a new era in American education. For the first time, a majority of states are sharing expectations for student knowledge in mathematics. While standards cannot change education, the means by which these standards are implemented contribute to the mathematical achievement of students. For instance, the CCSSM incorporate separate content and practice standards for students. Content standards are familiar to most educators, but the expectation of developing mathematical skills highlighted in the practice standards will require changes to lesson preparation and teaching.

In an effort to provide pre-service and in-service teachers a model for implementing the CCSSM in the classroom, the following project used a descriptive lesson study involving content and practice standard pairings. The lesson study was conducted in a geometry classroom at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School (Bradley, IL) during the spring of 2013. After examining the development of standards in modern education, a rationale and methodology is developed to implement standard pairings. The lessons and reflections on teaching are included to provide evidence of the possibilities and challenges of implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Finally, a discussion of the lesson study is provided with suggestions for further research.


Honors Capstone Project completed in 2014 for Olivet Nazarene University.