ISTE and State Standards

As a teacher, there are certain guidelines for what I teach my students in the classroom. There are ISTE standards that all teachers have to follow. These standards are to teach students about technology regardless of their age. Some of these standards include students knowing how to properly research for a project or students must know how to be a good citizen online. For any one who wants to further read up on these specific standards, here is the link.

On the other hand, I have standards that apply directly to my curriculum as I teach Algebra II. These standards are set forth by the state. The standards I must follow include how I teach expressions and making sure that all students know how to solve inequalities and graph them. If you would like to read up on these standards, click here.

Even though at first glance these standards do not seem to be related, I will be tackling them simultaneously. There are overlaps where as a teacher I can apply two different standards within one lesson. Here are some examples of how I plan on doing this:

  1. Common Core standard A-REI states students should understand solving equations as a process of reasoning and explain the reasoning. This is a very similar standard to the ISTE 5a, which talks about students needing to know how to formulate problem definitions. A way I could combine them is to show students how to solve equations and then give them a real life situation when they might need this in technology.
  2. Common Core standard A-CED states that students should be able to represent constraints by equations or inequalities and be able to model them with a real life problem. This relates to ISTE standard 7d. 7d talks about students learning to look at local and global problems and trying to solve the problem. A way I could make sure that students are looking at real life problems is making them do a project where they pick a problem, such as immigration, and show how they would fix the problem using math and technology.

Standards can be confusing at times. Some standards are not applicable for every class, but there are some ISTE standards that I can and will apply into my math lessons. Here is a Venn Diagram to show how these standards are similar and different to help clear things up.

iste-standards-vs-common-core

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