Common Core State Standards
We facilitated a workshop at a school in the Southwest and we asked, “What is your purpose as a teacher?” Those teachers shared responses listed below:
- *to help students build their identity
- *to establish students to become lifelong learners and become independent learners
- *to build college career skills
- *to grow academically with students
- *to have students flourish in education
- *to have students understand the whole perspective of societal contributions
- *for students to have a love of music
Here is a fact, society and circumstances change. If we do the same thing for 40-years we are not giving the best opportunities for our students. A teacher raved about her teaching methodology that she did for 40 years. She stated trends come then go and she was set on one teaching methodology, but she didn’t pick up on the flaw in her philosophy. Let’s think about this, she was a teacher for just 1 year. Personally as teachers, we should build upon our goals and purpose frequently. What are your thoughts on what was shared by our teacher peers above? As you continue reading, think about your own statement of purpose as a teacher.
If your understanding of our infographic on the right is still a bit fuzzy, then let’s refer to another infographic titled 5 Degrees to Becoming a Common Core Ninja and let’s break down the CCSS concept so we as educators can help ourselves and other stakeholders. First, let’s look at ourselves. Do you have a routine for getting to work? Have you taken a different route lately? What strengths can you identify in your own memory skills? What conscious stimulations have you been doing to keep your cognitive abilities sharp? The point is we need to become learners again. Yes, we need to continuously refine our skills in every level of cognition.
Second, want to breakdown the CCSS approach? It’s huge! There are so many perspectives from administration, community, educator, parent, student AND it’s messing with their money. Well, if you break down the CCSS, it’s the statements of purpose you have and what our teaching peers made earlier. Surprised? It’s nothing bigger than that.
Literacy is the biggest component in CCSS. If you don’t know how to read or write how are you going to be successful in other subjects? Here’s a story: I had students come in from the resource department and those students stated their teachers watered down their lessons. I challenged them in their curricula throughout their time with me. Later, in secondary school they stated they received an A in English and said they learned how to write when with me. Upon reflection, I remember they experienced journal writing, reading text, completed argumentative papers.
We as teachers are the experts. Let’s identify what methodology you need to teach and reach the goal of your stated teacher purpose. We’ve all heard CCSS leads to college and career-readiness. Yes, our learners need to be independent researchers and if you’re a parent reading this, we as parents need to grow with them too.
As a teacher, have you tried to research these core standards? Did you find from discussions the effects of making a methodology harder? Close reading and knowing how to read complex text, for example, is supporting the learners how to process these standards. When you break the standards down you understand how they are achieving this. You can spend an entire year to be analytical. You can break down this standard further throughout the year. You can keep focusing on the main goal to structure your scope and sequence. Look at your grade level standards now. The main goals in reading are the 10 anchor standards. These same 10 anchor standards are the same in every grade. How you facilitate learning is up to you as an educator within the grade you teach. Every teacher is contributing to the 10 anchor standards as the learner progresses through their academic years.
Below is more information on understanding the CCSS. As you continue reading, reflect back and identify why you became a teacher and strive to reach those goals again.
About Education Standards
Educational standards are the learning goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. Educational standards help teachers ensure their students have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful, while also helping parents understand what is expected of their children.
High standards that are consistent across states provide teachers, parents, and students with a set of clear expectations to ensure that all students have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life upon graduation from high school, regardless of where they live. These standards are aligned to the expectations of colleges, workforce training programs, and employers. The standards promote equity by ensuring all students are well prepared to collaborate and compete with their peers in the United States and abroad.
- 1. Teachable and learnable
- 2. Measurable
- 3. Coherent
- 4. Grade by grade standards
Goals of Learning Using the CCSS
- read analytically
- academic and technical writing skills
- think critically
- collaborating online and face-to-face
- working knowledge of online tools
- promote creativity and imagination
- evaluate situations and solve problems
- synthesize information from various sources and produce new ideas
- communicate effectively across academic and professional communities
Modify the Process of Learning
Move from rote, memorization, regurgitating to learning that is engaging, interactive, celebratory.
Design of the Standards in the Common Core
Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are prepared for success after graduation, the Common Core establishes a set of clear, consistent guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level in math and English language arts.