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Don’t Look Now, It's the Common Core!

Whether you work in a private or public school, you have surely heard about the Common Core…but do you understand the controversy surrounding its implementation? Understanding where you stand as an educator is an important step in deciding if the process will work or if we will soon be headed back to the drawing board.
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Don’t Look Now, It's the Common Core!
  • Jen Jeffers says:
    This popular book fairly presents all sides of the opposition to the Common Core and prepares the reader to navigate the waters of this controversial educational issue. The debate is only becoming more heated, making it a valuable read, indeed.
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    edutopia.org

    How Will Common Core Change What We Do?

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    Jen Jeffers says:
    Obviously, there are a fair amount of unanswered questions around this issue, especially because it has not existed very long. The question of how the Common Core will actually compensate for needed learning is often opaque and begs the questions of how it can possibly accomplish that which has always been teacher held?
  • Jen Jeffers says:
    We know the Common Core has been created to ensure quality education for the entire country, despite location or budget. That may be true, but what does it mean for teachers? Have they been considered in the process of change? This is a simple run through of all the changing educational elements we can expect to see in this new age.
  • Jen Jeffers says:
    This exceptional book by the educational maverick, Lucy Caulkins, is a sound bit of research into how teachers are expected to bring these expectations to life in the classroom. The Common Core has clearly set the goal; however, the path to get there is far less obvious.
  • educationworld.com
    educationworld.com

    Common-Core Teaching Tips

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    Jen Jeffers says:
    Do you feel like the Common Core is just an affirmation of the quality teaching you already offer in the classroom? What can we really learn from it when we feel professionally balanced already? Perhaps just finding a few key strategies to strengthen an already strong curriculum is all one really needs.
  • Jen Jeffers says:
    Great, so you need to make some changes now that the Common Core is here to stay. Don't panic…there are some manageable strategies listed here about how you can cope with the transition. Here you will find some pragmatic and effective ways to design your own thinking to accommodate this new approach.
  • teachhub.com
    teachhub.com

    7 Ways Common Core State Standards Will Change Your Classroom

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    Jen Jeffers says:
    I like this article because it speaks directly to what is likely to change in your classroom as a result of the Common Core. Assessing how much of a shift is necessary is important, as educators will need to design their curriculums accordingly. Here is a helpful quick list that emphasizes the main changes you will see.
  • huffingtonpost.com
    huffingtonpost.com

    Wait, Tell Me Again What Common Core Is?

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    Jen Jeffers says:
    It's important to start at the beginning. What is the Common Core and what does it hope to achieve? This short but enlightening piece will help you understand the goals of these standards and why they were invented.
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BloomBoard Asks:What exactly is at the heart of the fervent debate around the Common Core?
Lolita RicoMay 09, 2016
The Common Core debate has turned into such a heated and aggressive topic that it is sometimes regarded as a taboo family dinner topic; right up there next to politics and religion. Having worked closely with the common core for years in my grade level, I feel that the heart of the fervent debate is fear of change, loss of control, and misunderstanding with misinterpretation. The purpose of the common core was to create a national standard so that all children had the opportunity to reach the same goals to participate in college and higher education across any state in the country. Parents, teachers, administrators, and politicians often lose sight of the purpose and fear the change and teachers feel like they are being told how to teach. Teachers still have control over their classroom as the common core does not dictate areas such as behavior management, classroom environment, differentiation for all your learners, etc. There are areas where a teacher can still allow his/her creativity, ingenuity, and passion to shine through. The common core definitely has room for improvement, but the purpose is hopeful.