The Common Core State Standards provide an opportunity to realize systemic change and ensure that American students are held to the same high expectations in mathematics and literacy as their global peers — regardless of state or zip code.
A preview of a new survey finds school districts placing a high priority on revising curriculum, instruction, and materials for the common core. Organizations are springing up to help with those projects.
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"I have heard too many accounts of young people who progress through school believing that they are receiving an education that will prepare them to pursue their dream,s only to find out how woefully short their true course of study has left them. And there are others who know the work they are currently focused on is not rigorous enough to accomplish their professional and personal goals. In both instances, the standards guiding these students and their teachers’ efforts did not represent true preparation for success in college, career, and life."
Mel Riddile's insight:
The "standards represent what today’s students need to know to be successful in postsecondary study, they also represent a serious stretch for students and schools in every state."
You can’t teach to the Smarter Balanced so we’re doing what we’ve always done which is to provide good quality instruction,” Cromwell Superintendent Dr. Paula Talty said.
From March 18 to June 6, schools will conduct the Smarter Balanced field test — a trial run to help ensure they are ready and to address testing issues, such as making sure schools are equipped with enough computers to implement the test, which is taken on a keyboard instead of with the familiar No. 2 pencil.
"The Literature Task plays an important role in honing students’ ability to read complex text closely, a skill that research reveals as the most significant factor differentiating college-ready from non-college-ready readers. This task will ask students to carefully consider literature worthy of close study and compose an analytic essay."
"These young citizens are learning how to engage effectively in collaborative discussions. They are posing questions, responding to questions, making clarifications and providing comments that contribute to the discussion. Most importantly, they are thinking before speaking and writing. They are thriving in a student-centered environment. They are addressing real life subjects, solving problems, answering complex questions and investigating global issues. They are immersed in a passionate, compassionate and animated classroom. Common Core State Standards are helping teachers create a learning environment in which these experiences are happening daily. Teachers are inspired by their students' eagerness and new-found curiosity for learning."
"For many years, intelligence was thought to be static (fixed) and could not be altered. Informal research has shown this to be particularly true when it comes to students thinking about their mathematics intelligence."
Mel Riddile's insight:
Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset
Brain scientists define learning as a process that will modify a subsequent behavior, and memory as the record left by a learning process. However, learning and memory are dependent on each other, as illustrated below.
Nationwide, teachers and students are rising to the challenge of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), setting the course for student success in college, career, and in life.
The National Network of State Teachers of the Year and The Hunt Institute, in partnership with the AFT, NEA, and National PTA®, have worked with The Ignite Show to develop four special episodes highlighting the effective implementation of CCSS in the classroom.
Join The Ignite Show on a cross-country journey with four State Teachers of the Year and their students as they raise teaching and learning to exciting new levels through the Common Core State Standards.
The implementation of the Common Core State Standards has been a mess and has put these standards at risk of survival.
"I am a supporter of the Common Core State Standards. It is important that a student in California gain the same basic knowledge and skills as a student in Arkansas. We live in a global and mobile community; we owe it to future generations to prepare them for this new world. Plus, many of my teacher friends say these standards are strong and provide new challenges for excellence for their students. I trust their judgment."