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How the Common Core Re-Mapped the Way I Teach Writing

Education Week

Drawing comparisons to improved highway systems, James Dittes, a high school English teacher from Tennessee, says with the Common Core he is teaching at higher level, “bypassing unhelpful detours and helping students further along the route to their goals than ever before.” “Now, students are demonstrating knowledge in far deeper ways…[which] also has led to a richer, more vivid understanding of students’ abilities and needs… Students are learning more—they progress faster and with more certainty.” Like Dittes, 21 State Teachers of the Year explain, “Under the Common Core, teachers have greater flexibility to design their classroom lessons—and can, for the first time, take advantage of the best practices from great teachers in other states.”

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