## Understanding Standards

Standards are goals for what students should know and be able to do by the end of the academic year. Standards influence many parts of the educational system as a whole. Think about it. Standards are the basis for standardized testing, developing curriculum, professional development, and so much more. Although they tell us what we should teach, they don't necessarily tell us how to teach. It is up to us (or our district) to decide which curriculum and assessments to implement.

### Why They're Important

There are many benefits of teaching the standards in your classroom:

**Clear and Measurable Goals:**Standards give teachers a clear idea of exactly what should be taught and when. They also serve as a great guide for what teachers and students should be working towards.**Measurable Achievement:**Standards provide an easy way to measure teacher and student achievement.**Planning:**They set the tone for instruction. Once you are familiar with which standards need to be taught, you can easily begin to map out your year.

### How to Use Standards in Your Classroom

This can be a tricky dance. You have to learn the balance of teaching the standards without teaching directly to a standardized test. Here are a few ways to do this:

**Encourage Questioning:**When your students learn to ask questions, great conversations can begin to take place. This is where the magic happens.**Be Flexible and Open:**There is always more than one way to solve a problem. Encourage students to think outside of the box and teach several different methods and strategies in order to meet the needs of all of your students.**Focus on Interest and Engagement:**Figure out how to make the standards fit into what your students want to learn.

### Developing Curriculum That Meets Standards

You are more than capable of creating your own curriculum to meet your content standards. But let's be honest. What teacher actually has time for that? On top of the 200,000 other jobs you need to do, curriculum development might not be at the top of your list. And for good reason.

Good news! There's no reason to reinvent the wheel. I have created a year-long

**Mega Math Practice Bundle**that reviews ALL of the first-grade math standards. Yep! You read that right! All standards are included in this amazing bundle that serves as the perfect spiral review for your kiddos.It includes tons of no-prep print AND digital activities that your students need for the ENTIRE YEAR!

## Mega Math Practice Bundle

Mega Math Practice is a comprehensive math resource that includes every first-grade CCSS math standard in all four strands:

- Numbers and Base Ten
- Operations and Algebraic Thinking
- Geometry
- Measurement and Data

There are over 50 resources including worksheets and digital activities that are sure to have your students

**mastering the standards all year long.**They are no-prep and easy to use, giving tons of options on how to implement them. They are great for:

- Morning Work
- Math Centers
- Small-Group Instruction
- Homework
- Extra Practice
- Distance Learning
- Guided Practice
- Independent Practice
- Intervention

There are almost 2,000 pages of number sense activities that are fun and engaging at the same time. You won't have to worry about a thing for the entire year. All of your student's needs can be met with this

**Mega Math Practice Bundle.**I hope you now have a better grasp of why you should teach the standards in your classroom. I know you and your students will love implementing Mega Math Practice into your daily routines.

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Once you start using Mega Math Practice in your classroom, you will see just how much it will benefit your students. I want you to have the chance to try it out for

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Be sure to pin this image to your favorite spiral review board and be ready to take on the year.

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