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Common Core Community

Common Core State Standards means we’re working together to positively impact student outcomes. This community offers free webinars and live chats each month on a new topic surrounding the Mathematical Content and Practice Standards. You’ll have access to recorded webinars and over 1,200 like-minded educators. Join our free professional community today!



What strategies do you use to help kids tackle challenging math problems?

Your teaching idea can earn you valuable cash and resources for your classroom.

When solving tough math problems, it’s important that students learn to never give up. When things get tricky, teach them to look for another way to look at it. If a problem seems too difficult, break it into steps. The Common Core State Standards calls this “making sense of problems and persevering in solving them.” We want to know how you develop problem-solving perseverance in your students.

What are your ideas for:

  • Helping students see the different ways of solving a problem.
  • Teaching students how to reflect on their problem solving.
  • Developing students' confidence as mathematical thinkers.

Contest Details

ETA hand2mind is the sponsor and WeAreTeachers is the official administrator of this program.

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Apply By:
November 13
November 22 - December 13
Winner(s) Announced:
December 17
How It Works
  1. Submit a teaching idea. It takes as little as 5 minutes. Here are some simple tips to get started!
  2. Our teacher panel will choose 10 teaching ideas as merit finalists.
  3. Merit finalists are entered into the final round for voting. You can invite your colleagues, friends and family to vote for your idea.

Prize Package

One grand prize winner ($1,000 value):
  • Hands-On Standards Common Core Edition Classroom Package of their choice ($499)
  • Online subscription to Core PD Understanding the Mathematical Practices Course ($99)
  • VersaTiles Starter Set of their choice ($62.95-$84.95)
  • Home Team Advantage School Year Pack of their choice ($59.95)

All 5 winners:

  • $100 cash grant to fund your project.
  • $100 ETA hand2mind gift card
  • iPod touch with video camera to capture your project idea.
(Note: By commenting here, you are not submitting an application. To apply for this grant, click on the submit button above.)
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