Exemplars K-12: The Common Core State Standards – Mathematics is divided into two parts: Content Standards, and Standards for Mathematical Practice. A major focus of the Standards for Mathematical Practice is on using problem solving to reinforce important concepts and skills and to demonstrate a student’s mathematical understanding.
To fully prepare for the implementation of the Common Core, teachers must have an understanding of what problem solving is, why it is important and how to go about implementing it.
"At the end of the day, the disagreement is philosophical rather than empirical—it is about the desirability of teaching. If you think it is better for kids to figure things out with minimal scaffolding, then it makes sense to control the degree of challenge; too much difficulty would only lead to failure and frustration. However, if, on the other hand, you think it is okay to provide students with as much support as they might need to engage successfully in a particular task, then limiting difficulty too much would reduce the opportunity to learn.
In general, I think the common core approach is the right one – it puts greater emphasis on teaching and long range learning goals than on text placement.
The success of the common core depends not just on the use of more challenging texts (that’s the easy part), but on whether teachers will have the patience and foresight to provide sufficient and appropriate scaffolding that will help the students to figure out the meaning of a challenging text without being told what it says."
Achive the Core.org is an outfit created by the architects of the new Common Core standards: David Coleman, Jason Zimba, and Susan Pimental.
These flexible, ready-to-use modules intend to support educators in the understanding and effective implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
The modules are intended for use directly by individual educators, in professional learning communities, or for preparing to lead the professional development in a school or district setting. The time required for each module can be customized, suitable for a variety of applications, by expanding the amount of time spent on the activities and in discussion.
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One of the critically mentioned components of the Common Core is the complex text.
"In the Common Core document, texts are also suggested for grade level. These can be used as a guide, but only just as such. As our students come to us with different reading abilities, grade levels and cultural backgrounds, we must differentiate instruction through the texts we pick as well. As the Common Core is implemented more and in more in districts and schools, we as educators need to understand what the "complex text" is both in terms of what is good for our students and what the Common Core might dictate. We must not only carefully choose what they read, but also carefully choose what we are asking in terms of tasks and objectives when students read."
A twelve-year teaching veteran and a California regional Teacher of the Year, Heather Wolpert-Gawron's musings on educational policy, curriculum design, and daily school life.
I believe very strongly in teacher differentiation. However, that doesn't mean a teacher can turn away from using technology altogether. Instead, we must help to bring those teachers into this new era of education by giving them the choice of what technology to use with their students. Not every classroom needs to be the same, but every classroom in this country, in every discipline, core or otherwise, from ELA to PE, must reflect some kind of 21st century tool.
Are you looking for a resource with great tools to help you with the Common Core Standards? You may want to check out achievethecore.org. They provide "free, high-quality resources to educators now doing the hard work of implementing these higher standards."
This link goes directly to a page called "Steal These Tools" with additional information also available on the website
Free resources and tips to help educators and administrators use Exemplars' assessments and lesson plans in the classroom effectively. (These are samples--ordering and downloading exemplars have links on this site.)
As an administrator in an early adoption state of CCSS, I found myself having to learn very quickly the basics of a major educational “shift.” I say “shift” in quotes only because the Common Core is not that radically different. With that in mind, there are some critical lessons I learned during our first year of fully implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
"Start with the end, a veteran teacher told me my first year teaching. In my young, inexperienced teacher mind, that meant "fun project." And though there's not a thing wrong with fun, the end assessment needs to be about the learning and not about the product. Starting with the end means we need to put the skills, knowledge, and concepts students will learn first, then the product second."
"The grading system is unfair and doesn't motivate either kid! The teacher creates a new race. Now, the fast student only gets an "A" when she beats her previous best time. Same with the slow student. Now, each student always runs as hard as possible!
Super Improver Wall motivates students to improve from where they are--it's self-differentiating!
"My new role as the Supervisor of Instructional Technology within my district will have me walking through classrooms twice a week in order to see how teachers are teaching within our district and to give feedback on ways that we are using 21st-century skills well and ways we are aligning our teaching to the Common Core Standards. Part of what we have been asked to do is to ensure that teacher lesson books have lesson plans in them that align to these standards. As I have always done, I have begun to ask myself: how can we make this job easier for our teachers?"
Limperis shares some digital resources to assist teachers. Links available to listed sources.
I had a really great conversation with a colleague yesterday discussing what the role of the Media Specialist was in the wake of the Common Core rollout. She was concerned that she might be peripheral to the changes and she really wanted to know more about what was going on.
I assured her that she was not peripheral in the least.
“In fact,” I told her, “you are the cornerstone.” She was a little taken aback, but I explained.
I told her that every teacher was now a teacher of literacy, that there were reading and writing components explicit in everyone’s practice now, that there were instructional shifts toward informational text, deep reading and analysis, building domain specific vocabulary, and rigorous researching skills. I told her that she had never been more important than she was right at this moment.
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