There’s been a lot of talk about the common core standards. Rigor. New levels of thinking for our students. Rigor. Getting our students ready for college or a career. Rigor.
I’m putting a new spin on all of this. MAYBE the makers of the common core standards just wanted to shake things up a bit with us teachers!
I mean- think about it. How much have YOU discussed the standards? How many times have you had to REREAD a standard to REALLY understand it?
Maybe this “close reading” of texts begins with a “close reading” of the standards. Maybe they just wanted us to see how students feel during a first reading of a complex text.
For example, look at this 6th grade math standard below!
I may just be speaking for myself here, but without prior knowledge, multiple close readings, and many discussions, along with quite a bit of research, I wouldn’t have any idea what the new math standards say. I still don’t. Teehee. 🙂
So think of how our students must feel sometimes. Especially our struggling ones.
All I’m saying is that I’ve developed a new appreciation for what I expect my students to do each and everyday in my classroom.
And maybe THAT is an underlying theme or goal of what common core is all about.