Award-Winning Teachers Share Thoughts on Common Core

National Network of State Teachers of the Year

Rigor of communication, problem-solving skills, collaboration and “putting foreheads together” to reach an answer–skills emphasized by Common Core State Standards—prepare students to succeed in a diverse world, says Mohsen Ghaffari, Utah’s 2015 Teacher of the Year, in the first of a series of videos released by the National Network of State Teachers of the Year. “Rigorous standards for kids will help them develop perseverance and not just settle for a very superficial answer to a problem,” Ghaffari says. “The rigor of Common Core is preparing kids…to approach a content area from a deeper point of view.” Like Ghaffari, 21 State Teachers of the Year wrote, “The Common Core gives educators the flexibility to adjust to students’ multiple learning styles while allowing those same students to progress at their own pace.”

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