Getting to the “Core” of the Common Core Standards

March 21, 2015
CJ Cannizzaro
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The Facts All Parents and Teachers Need to Know on Common Core Standards

common-coreWith a focus on college and career readiness they were designed to replace state-specific (and often inconsistent) existing guidelines. The standards mandate what students should learn from kindergarten through high school, as well as how teaching and learning should happen in the classroom.  Use this link to view a 3-minute video on education technology and the Common Core Standards.

Myth vs. Fact

Myth: The Common Core Standards are essentially a national curriculum for our schools.

Fact: The Common Core Standards Math and Common Core Standards ELA  is not a curriculum. It is a clear set of shared goals and expectations for the knowledge and skills that will help our students succeed in the 21st century. Teachers, principals, and superintendents at the local/district level will decide how the standards are to be implemented. Teachers will continue to create appropriate lesson plans and design instruction to meet the individual needs of all students in their classrooms.

Parents…

The Common Core Standards are designed to ensure that your children are prepared for today’s entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses, and workforce training programs. They focus on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills needed to be successful. The new standards also provide a more comprehensive method for teachers to assess student progress throughout the school year and enables them to refocus students on a successful path in their academic endeavors. A strong connection between home and school will continue provide the foundation for maintaining the best possible learning experience for your children.

Teachers…

The standards do not tell teachers how to teach. The Common Core Standards establish what students need to learn but do not dictate how teachers should teach. Teachers — you are the experts! You know best what works in your classroom with your students. School districts, schools, curriculum specialists, and teachers need to work collaboratively to decide how best to implement the strategies necessary for students to master these standards. These implementation models will most certainly involve the use of technology in every classroom. There are no specific standards Common Core Standards for technology – since it is not a subject – however technology is embedded throughout the standards as a tool to enhance the delivery of instruction.

According to the National Technology Education Plan (2010):

  • “Technology-based learning and assessment systems will be pivotal in improving student learning and generating data that can be used to continuously improve the education system at all levels.”
  • “Technology will help us execute collaborative teaching strategies combined with professional learning that better prepare and enhance educators’ competencies and expertise over the course of their careers.”

Common Core Standards Summary

Much has been written about the Common Core Standards since their inception in 2009. The initiative to develop a consistent, real-world framework of learning goals for students was launched to ensure all students, regardless of where they live, graduate high school prepared for college, career, and life.

Most importantly, the Common Core Standards not only support the use of appropriate technology for mastery in reading, language arts and mathematics – they specifically align critical thinking and problem solving skills with those strategies that integrate educational technology resources and tools.

CJ is a certified professional educator with a MS in Instructional Technology. With over 25 years in education she is a consultant  to educational textbook publishers, school districts and corporations. As a professional development and training specialist  she was a major contributor to the CPALMS project, as well as a designer and facilitator for the Florida PROMiSE Grant Initiative.  She has written professional development courses to integrate technology in the classroom and collaborated with school districts  on Common Core for Math grades K-8. Originally a NJ native, she now resides in Florida where she continues to share her teaching strategies and educational technology ideas.
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