The new Common Core State Standards, which are being phased in by school districts in most states, are designed to reflect the skills and knowledge that will be most critical to success beyond high school. The benchmarks focus on developing skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language, and media and technology.
As these goals are incorporated into mainstream educational practices, teachers will need to stretch beyond proven lesson plans to develop learning environments and projects that meet the Common Core Standards and keep students motivated and focused. Ask any teacher and chances are he or she will tell you that successfully maintaining such a balance takes creativity and commitment.
The good news is that excellent Internet resources are available for teachers looking for new ideas to help them think outside the box.
Via Deb Gardner