I like the Common Core Standards. There. I said it.
It seems as though every time I’ve turned around this week there has been a new post condemning the switch of so many states to the Common Core and the fact that it is being pushed through in a highly centralized, top down approach. While I cannot argue many of the points in the well thought out posts from education bloggers such as Diane Ravitch and Carol Burris, I can see positive changes happening between the walls of our school that will benefit our students due to the Common Core Standards. Although I would ultimately like our school to do well on standardized tests including the looming PARCC as much as any other principal, that is not ultimately what motivates me or any other educator I know… The simple test for your Common Core implementation and any effort within your school is, “Is this good for kids?” In our school, with our students, I would answer “Yes!”
Educators around the country are exploring innovative ways to teach the new common-core literacy standards, and some are calling attention to an approach they say is working well: cross-subject thematic units.
Many teachers are being called to teach these skills, and don't know how to. I've done many workshops with teachers to arm them with these skills. However, there is one issue that seems to be a roadblock for true implementation: assessment.
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Our common core standards checklists are just what you need to help you keep track of the standards taught in your classroom. Use these to make sure you are addressing all that you need to teach throughout the course of the school year.
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