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Best 8 Things About Common Core ~ Jessica Moore

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Jessica Moore is an elementary teacher in Colorado. She is also a member of the PARCC Educator Leadership Cadre.
<span “font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:calibri;=”” mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin”=””>1.       <span “font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:=”” tahoma”=””>The standards enable me to be creative in my approach and implementation of student learning.
They do not limit me to low level, skill based instruction, but rather encourage dynamic and comprehensive exploration of quality content and material.

<span “font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:calibri;=”” mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin”=””>2.       <span “font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:=”” tahoma”=””>Common Core is realistic about the time that it takes to bring students to mastery on a given standard.
There are fewer, more focused standards enabling me to go to greater depth versus teaching with a coverage mentality.

<span “font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:calibri;=”” mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin”=””>3.       <span “font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:=”” tahoma”=””>The standards do not limit the kind of material(s) that I use, but demand that I give focus and attention to selecting high quality, sufficiently complex material that my students can grapple with over time.

<span “font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:calibri;=”” mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin”=””>4.       <span “font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:=”” tahoma”=””>The standards promote a sense of productive struggle for all students, with opportunity to use higher order thinking skills and build connections between content areas.

<span “font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:calibri;=”” mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin”=””>5.       <span “font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:=”” tahoma”=””>Common Core was developed through a diverse partnership between K-12, Higher Ed and the professions’s most respected researchers. This was not a disjointed effort, but rather a commitment to raising achievement for all students through a collaborative development process. Teachers helped shape these standards instead of just policy makers.

<span “font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:calibri;=”” mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin”=””>6.       <span “font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:=”” tahoma”=””>The standards ensure equity in education for all students, regardless of their background or socio-economic status. The standards are truly based on the idea that ALL students deserve choice about their future, and their education should not be the limiting factor in pursuing their dreams, wherever those may take them.

<span “font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:calibri;=”” mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin”=””>7.       <span “font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:=”” tahoma”=””>The Common Core is a nuanced set of expectations about student learning. Understanding how they are unique, provides clarity on why they are as asset to the educational landscape across the country.

<span “font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:calibri;=”” mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin”=””>8.       <span “font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:=”” tahoma”=””>The Common Core represents a change in an out-dated educational system that has not been meeting the needs of students or teachers. It represents a changing paradigm shift in the field, that encourages all students to learn and think at a deeper, more conceptual level. This is out of the box thinking which is exactly what we need in 2014 and beyond<span “font-size:6.0pt;=”” line-height:115%;font-family:”tahoma”,”sans-serif””=””>.