When we talk about how our education system is failing our students, there are a lot of different options presented on how to ‘fix’ it. Everyone has an answer, a promising new way of thinking, a potential magic bullet. Inevitably, we also examine school systems that are working as a part of investigating what to do …
"David Liben, who was involved in the creation of the Common Core and is now Senior Content Specialist at Student Achievement Partners, provides this simple explanation of evidence under the new standards: “It means asking children two questions:
‘What is your evidence?''How did you figure that out?’
The point is to ask students to answer not just based on their thoughts or opinions, but on evidence in the text.”
"writing may help students develop their critical-thinking skills, but writing does not necessarily teach critical thinking" "The best way to help students learn critical thinking may be to actually teach it."
If you are having trouble understanding the Common Core Standards, and how to begin teaching with it, check this presentation out. Sarah Brown Wessling explains the Common Core Standards in a way that makes it more approachable for teachers to transfer to the classroom.