NASHVILLE — Parents and educators voiced their support for Tennessee’s new Common Core State Standards for public education today in advance of a state Senate Education Committee hearing on the issue later this afternoon.
Nearly every teacher in the U.S. now knows about the Common Core State Standards, and 73 percent of math, English, science, and social studies teachers in states that have adopted them say they are enthusiastic about their implementation, according...
Press-Register file photo By Thomas Rains, Jr.and Becky Vansant No parent wants his or her child underestimated or shortchanged. No matter their income-level, race or political ideology, parents want their children held to high standards.
Practices that are helping to create an environment conducive to a successful transition to the new standards.
What all three approaches have in common, according to the report, is an emphasis on making the teacher the center of the transformation by:
First ensuring that the significance of the changeover to Common Core State Standards is understood by teachers in terms of the need for dramatic changes to teaching styles, from drill to exploration;Ensuring that "teachers are at the front of the movement and working together to lead their own improvement toward shared, ambitious goals"; andMaking certain teachers are provided with adequate "structures, time, and resources required to sustain the many years and many cycles of inquiry and improvement necessary to achieve the new bar for student learning" with the understanding that the process of improvement will take place over many years, not overnight.
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The Common Core Standards identify six instructional shifts necessary for effective implementation of the ELA/Literacy strand. These instructional shifts provide a framework to help us understand the big picture before diving into the specific individual standards.
Use an Essential Question to Fuel the Inquiry
An essential question can be a very effective tool for guiding research and tapping into students' enthusiasm for inquiry and learning. These questions provide students with challenges that allow them to invest in the learning process as they make decisions about their own learning. Since essential questions do not have one correct answer, students can choose flexible learning paths to find success and demonstrate learning.
Feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of dense information out there about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? You're not alone. Here's Edutopia's guide to resources that will help you make sense of it all.
A group of past winners of the teacher of the year award are coming out in support of the new Common Core education standards, and the state says it is asking for a federal testing waiver for the new system.
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