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I liked this article because it made me think about common core in a different way. It disucssed the implementation of the common core curicculum in a classroom in Delaware and how teachers were adapting and teaching accordingly. This article discussed how the common core curicculum is focusing less on memorization and more on real world application like critical thinking to prepare students for life post high school. “We are asking kids to do more, and to dig deeper,” Grieshober said. “We are teaching them to be lifelong problem solvers.” Hearing about the common core in this light opened my mind to the idea of it more. It's not so much structure and "teach this concept in this way" as I thought it was. It simple sets benchmarks for where students need to be academically by a certain grade level and giving teachers the freedom to teach in a way that they seem fit to get their students to that level... So I think I like the common core now? I'm so torn!?
Another thing this article addressed is the inital drop in test scores that they saw after initially implementing the common core. They said it was expected and it doesn't surprise me. When you've been teaching to a certain standard for so long and you decide to suddenly change it, there's going to be reprocussions initially. The article said scores were expected to increase, though. Maybe is selfish of me, but I read this and thought, "Wow, I'm glad I'll miss that part of it!" Right now it must be so difficult for the teachers adjusting to the common core standards, but by the time I graduate and if I work in a school system that already adopted the common core standards, I'll be teaching to those standards from the start, so there won't be any adjustment period.