This is week 2 of our Common Core 101 series. Last week, I hope you got a chance to watch the 3 minute video clip summarizing the CCSS and began to explore more about the Common Core from the link I attached. The posts from this series will always be posted on this site if you ever need to go back.
As a quick review remember the common core state standards:
Are aligned with college and work expectations
Are clear, understandable and consistent
· Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills
· Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards
· Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society
Are evidence based
Before we move into the assessment piece of the Common core, I feel it was important to dispel 3 myths that keep being brought up in discussions I have with others. We will go into assessment at a later date. Here are the top 3 myths:
Myth #1: Adopting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will dumb down Rockwood curriculum.
Fact: No state has lowered its standards. In order for students to be college and career ready and compete with the graduates from other countries, 21st century skills need to be learned (problem solving, analyzing, communication, critical thinking and more)
Myth #2: The CCSS will not address content and our students need to know content
Fact: The standards recognized both content and skills. Students will systematically gain content knowledge through reading, writing, speaking and listening skills at a much deeper level than before. Teachers will approach how they teach differently than before with these new standards. The standards will demand students understand the material and apply it rather than simply memorizing the content.
Myth #3: Teachers besides Language Arts teachers will be asked to teach reading
Fact: College and Career readiness means being able to understand complex texts outside of literature. CCSS ensure that students can read, write and research across all content areas. Thus teachers of subjects besides LA will continue to use their subject material to build knowledge through reading and writing.
Tune in next week as we continue to explore the Common Core State Standards.