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Common Core--Improved Learning Comes through Improved Teaching

April 11, 2014

This quote from the article got me thinking...

‘‘The Common Core rests on a view of teaching as complex decision making, as opposed to something more routine or drill-based… I don’t know now how to say this nicely—well, not all teachers have been prepared to teach in this way.’’

CHARLOTTE DANIELSON, EDUCATION CONSULTANT AND TEACHER EFFECTIVENESS EXPERT

We are fortunate that our staff has worked very hard to learn how to teach students to understanding. They are continually reading, studying, and improving their methods to meet the needs of all their students. When you see how the United States was being outperformed internationally year after year on the NAEP assessment (the one assessment we can use to compare with other countries), you can see why as a country we needed to address how we were teaching and improve our craft.  

John Dewey said, "If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow." If you really think about that, I hope you would expect your teachers to keep learning and improving. With all the techology and changes in our world, we need to prepare students for a future that is very different than what we as children were being prepared for. There are so many new jobs that didn't exists a few years ago. There are other jobs disappearing. This can make it challenging for you as parents. Sometimes it is hard to understand changes in education. It can make it more difficult to help your child when it wasn't the way you were taught. It isn't too late to learn more! If you don't understand something, contact your child's teacher and you might learn something new also. They are always willing to help.

The following article can share more about this topic:

Common Core-The Missing Link

 

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