As states begin to implement the Common Core Standards, they are the main topic of conversation in schools across the country. Lesson plans, text books, assessments and more must be aligned to these standards and teachers panic as they wonder if their tried and true materials are up to par. Before beginning to panic about beginning a new school year with the new standards, it may help to understand them a little better. You may find out that they’re not as daunting as they seem.
- If your students are already thinking critically, they’re OK. The Common Core Standards are designed to introduce students to a more rigorous curriculum that causes them to think critically. If you’re reaching the higher levels of Bloom’s, you’re OK.
- Your students will read more non-fiction than literature. When people read in real-life, it’s usually work-related or to gain information. The Common Core Standards are designed to help students develop real-life reading skills and understand the complexities on non-fiction texts.
- No matter what subject you teach, your students will be writing. Writing helps students organize thoughts and ideas and gives them a place to think critically, reflect and be creative. By writing in different subjects, students will become more proficient writers and be able to write for multiple purposes.
- No matter what subject you teach, your students will be reading. Often students who do not do well in a subject because they cannot understand the material, not because they don’t like it. The Common Core Standards introduce students to a variety of texts in every subject area to help them learn, gain more access to information and learn subject-specific vocabulary.