I’ve been at a conference all weekend and went to a couple of common core workshops that gave a general overview of our new common core standards.
Here are some highlights from the sessions:
1. There are GAPS in the standards where certain standards have been moved to other grade levels. It is the teacher’s responsibility to find these gaps and teach them. Yeah, that’s going to be a doozy! 🙂
2. The common core calls for more rigor. This translates into the kids not just knowing or memorizing the content but being able to EXPLAIN verbally and in writing how they arrived at the answer or why they know it. They will have to APPLY their knowledge.
3. The new standards are a NEW WAY OF TEACHING. Students will have to be able to communicate effectively so this means lots of partner talk, group discussions, and writing about their learning.
4. Then of course there are the 8 mathematical practice standards which are basically “habits of mind” and the 10 literacy strands that are to be implemented in all core subjects.
Here’s the common core website:
Here’s a great website that the Alabama State Department has created with the standards, resources, etc. on it. Sort of a central go to place.
What kind of training have you been to for these new and rigorous national standards???