I am not a Common Core guru. I am a mother, teacher, booklover, and believer in every child having access to research based lessons every single day no matter where they live.
- We need positive! As a first grade teacher, I simply do not have time to deal with teacher, education, or standards bashing. I need to spend my valuable time preparing lessons to support the new standards in a way that is meaningful, differentiated, and of course fun!
- A national assessment has been in the works way before the Common Core Standards came to be. The CCS are not to blame. As the middle school student I mentor would say, “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.”
- It was time for a change! If the Common Core Standards can effectively be implemented, the students I receive from other states will on the same page as my class-or at least close. This is great news….not for me, but for the children who make this move!
- It’s broken, so let’s fix it! No one program (Fundations, Singapore Math, etc) will work for every child. Nor do all schools have access to all of these materials even IF (and again the don’t!) they did work for every child. What we do know is that we must find what works for the individual child. Having like standards opens the door for national collaboration about improving student learning.
And most importantly…
"Standards do not teach children. Teachers teach children. Common Core Standards are the WHAT, teachers, schools, and counties create the HOW. The Common Core Standards in no way dictate how we teacher our students."
Lyssa Sahadevan is mommy to an adorable preschooler. She is a first grade teacher in Georgia, wife to a terrific hubby, an education advocate, and Georgia’s 2011 Mom Congress Delegate. She loves all things books and tells all about it at My Mommy Reads.