__Written For Tutors__

In all my years of tutoring (20+) I have yet to go through one full year without a major issue arising, in mathematics education, that tutors have to face. This year (and over the past few years) that issue has been * Common Core State Standards (CCSS)*. Many tutors want to know how to help their students when standards have changed, or become more uniform across states. These changes have resulted in the development of mathematics curriculum and use of new texts in many school districts. However, although many states have adopted the CCSS, the standards do not require a specific curriculum or text. (

*This leaves the door wide open for companies to sell their products claiming to be aligned with the standards.*) To make matters more confusing, many districts can make their own decisions about what materials to use to teach their students. This creates a struggle for many tutors: the materials changed suddenly, the expectations are higher for students, and parents can’t begin to explain why their child struggles with the content.

In light of this, I have good news… ** for tutors**! The standards are for teachers to worry about; your concern is helping your students learn the material being taught. Below I listed a few tips/strategies for helping your students during the CCSS era. Many of the tips here are not original or new, but may be more relevant to the expectations placed upon students as a result of the CCSS.

*So, let’s get going…*Please feel free to add to these or modify them to accommodate your students’ needs. I hope this is helpful and will alleviate some stress!

- Help students think critically and analytically –
is an expectation**higher order thinking** - The
to use during instruction – no need to feel compelled to include them in your instruction**standards are for teachers** so you can help your students – know what your students are expected to do and understand**Know and understand the standards**you had before CCSS adoptions – students will trust you more if they feel you are confident**Tutor with the same confidence**- Get your students accustomed to
– if your students can justify their answers, then, most likely, they understand the concept taught**justifying their answers** - Change the format of the problems so you can
– students should understand the concept behind the problem rather than just the procedure for solving it**check for understanding** used in the standards – encourage your students to use and know it as well**Know the language**instead of negatively about the standards – if you resist the change, so will your students, but they will hurt in the end**Speak positively**– or your students will panic as well**Don’t panic**- Relax – so
**your students can relax and learn**

__Resources:__

- Common Core State Standards
- Common Core Math Standards
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
- National Research Council’s “Adding it Up”
- EdReports.org