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Idaho youngsters face typing trial for Common Core - The Idaho Statesman

Idaho youngsters face typing trial for Common Core - The Idaho Statesman | Common Core | Scoop.it
The Idaho Statesman Idaho youngsters face typing trial for Common Core The Idaho Statesman It's a question now because Idaho elementary school students as young as 8 will be typing essay-style answers on the new Common Core achievement test next...
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Common Core obviously has positives and negatives.  I feel a positive of Common Core is that they implement new technology into the curricula, this is important because these days’ students are surrounded by technology.  In Idaho elementary school students are now being taught to answer questions in essay format, as part of Common Core achievement testing.  The students are going to be tested on typing, solving problems, answering questions, and practicing for hours.  These exams could take 7 to 8 and half hours, which is absurd.  This isn’t good for the children.  They are in elementary school and will be so stressed and consumed with testing over the span of the eight-week testing period.  It is definitely important for young children to be able to answer questions effectively and be able to use a computer.  Eight and nine year olds do not need to be master typists.  It is not necessary for such young children to master these skills, it is taking away time from important learning.  Students need to be able to enjoy learning and have fun doing so.  Student’s need to have many skills to make them well rounded, however Common Core needs to realize what concepts should be stressed and which should not.  Typing and testing is not something that should be stressed.  Making sure students understand and enjoy what they are learning is more important than standardized tests.    

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What the Common Core means in Howard County - Baltimore Sun

What the Common Core means in Howard County - Baltimore Sun | Common Core | Scoop.it
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What the Common Core means in Howard County
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Fourth-grader Ryan Pickus works on a computer in Mrs. Johnson's fourth-grade classroom at Clarksville Elementary School where Common Core standards are being implemented.
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I really liked the quote in this article that said, “Teachers are no longer the sage on the stage, but rather the guide on the side.”  The coordinator of elementary language arts for the Howard County Public School System said this and it is so true.  As a result of Common Core Standards teachers no longer have all the control in the classroom.  The teacher is not able to make his or her own lesson plans or expectations for their students, the Federal government now makes these decisions.  But, the Federal government does not know the students in these classrooms, so why should they make the standards for all elementary schools?  The point of Common Core is to help students become better critical thinkers, but throughout a lesson plan there are so many different expectations put into one lesson plan, so how are students supposed to be knowledgeable about everything.  Most states agree to switch to Common Core standards because their school systems are promised such large grants.  Moreover,  the way students are learning isn’t bad, it just takes time for these new changes to take place and be effective, the federal government is not inside the classroom, therefore they do not understand this, and Common Core is not as successful as it could be.       

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Common Core Standards Changing Report Cards - WHAG

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Common Core Standards Changing Report Cards
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Lead teacher at Emma K. Doub Elementary School, Jesse Orth said, "We do have the numbering which is based on the standards based reporting, which are those common core standards.
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As a result of Common Core standards being implemented in the state of Maryland, there are now new report cards being issued to families.  In Hagerstown, Maryland they are using this new system and the old system.  The new system gives number grades, 1-4.  A 1 meaning that the student is not progressing toward the standard and a 4 meaning that the student is exceeding the standards.  The new report cards use the number system and it is matched up with the letters from the old system.  Some parents think that the new grading method is actually more effective because it shows them that their child is succeeding at and what they are not.  This gives parents a better idea of what is going on inside the classroom.  This new grading system could be beneficial to parents, teachers, and most importantly the students.  It is so important that parents know how their children are doing in school.  They need to know what they are succeeding at and what they are not in order to help them at home.  Education does not stop when students leave the classroom, so parents need to be fully aware of how their child is doing in order to help them be successful academically.  This new Common Core grading system may be one of the best things Common Core implemented.   

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Common Core education standards offer challenges in training, funding

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As school districts install Wi-Fi and beef up their computer inventories to meet the technology needs of the Common Core standards, officials are also debating what instructional programs to buy and how to train teachers to use them.Making good...
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Forty-five states have adopted the Common Core standards to promote critical thinking and deeper learning.  New products are being bought throughout school districts to help adopt these Common Core standards.  There are new textbooks, curriculum, teacher-training workshops, software, laptops, iPads, nonfiction magazines, and games.  All of these new products are to help develop new skills such as; evidence based writing and mastering fractions.  An educator from Maryland stated, “There just is not enough direction for educators to choose what’s best.”  There are so many different new sources to help students learn, but the teachers need to go through training in order to benefit from all these new learning sources.  It is hard for teachers who have been in the education system for years to all of a sudden have to change what they teach and how they do teach it.  Common Core could be a good thing because it helps challenge students, however it could be very bad for other students who need extra time and help to learn about topics.  Moreover, it is a huge challenge for teachers and school systems because they have to change everything they have been doing for years.  Common Core is not beneficial, there is too much that needs to be changed in order to make Common Core successful.  

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The Truth About Common Core - YouTube

You may have heard about Common Core standards that are being implemented in public schools. This video is a brief explanation of some parts of Common Core. ...
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This video is speaking about Common Core in public schools and how the Federal Government should stay out of the public school system.  The speaker spoke about “No Child Left Behind” and how that policy essentially left everybody behind.  This is unfortunately true, more children are getting let back now because of “No Child Left Behind” and Common Core.  It is hard to make all students across the country on the same grade level and know all the same information in the same time span if they didn’t start at the same starting point.  There are databases monitoring students test scores and personal information about the student.  This is not necessary to the learning system.  There are permanent records for children now, which is absurd.  Teachers and local schools should have control over what the children in their classroom are learning.  Every student is different and every classroom has a different dynamic.  It is illogical to try and make schools have uniform curricula, because that is virtually impossible while trying to benefit all students. 

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Common Core Reading Survey Shows Slow Start To Teaching Shift - Huffington Post

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Fresno Bee Common Core Reading Survey Shows Slow Start To Teaching Shift Huffington Post Common Core standards, which aim to standardize curricula from state to state, require that each school day include more informational text, and that students...
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As a result of Common Core standards New York City educators will now have to relearn the current way they teach children to read.  Common Core aims to standardize curricula all across the United States, and want to include more informational text rather than materialized based text.  I don’t agree with this and neither do a lot of teachers.  One teacher who sat in on this presentation stated, “Students always rely on personal connections first.  What are your thoughts on making it more meaningful?”  This is true, in order for a student to be fully engaged in something they need to be able to make a connection to the story.  If students are strictly reading informational text, they will become uninterested and bored.  True, Common Core is not looking to abandon all these books completely; they are just trying to adopt new types of text for students to engage in as well.  I cannot stress enough that every student is different, and that every classroom has a different dynamic.  Common Core is not going to work for everyone.  It is hard to think that all students across the United States are going to be able to learn the same way and the same information in the same forum.   It’s not logical and doesn’t make sense.

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Common Core Statistics

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My Piktochart with some Common Core statistics!

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How Common Core is Slowly Changing My Child

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A Letter to Commissioner King and the New York State Education Department:I have played your game for the past two years.  As an educator, I have created my teaching portfolio with enough evidence ...
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Every child learns differently, common core is not always effective! #EDCI280KS

 

This is a letter to Commissioner King adn the New York State Education Department.  Not only is the woman writing this letter a teacher, but she is a mother.  She sees how Common Core effects her students negatively, and additionally she sees her own son calling himself dumb and suffering as a result of Common Core.  One of her sons is still doing fine after Common Core was implemented, but her younger one is really struggling.  This mother shows her passion for education and how she strongly disagrees with the concept of Common Core.  I feel that Common Core is very negative for students.  It is so hard for some students to keep up with course work in the first place, nevermind being forced to get ahead.  Every student learns differently and Common Core isn't going to be effective for every student.  I understand that it is important for there to be some sort of conformity between states and what students are learning, but to force all teachers in different states to teach the same is nearly impossible.  All states are on different levels of learning so it is hard to just pick up the school year having everyone being taught the same thing. 

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