Debunking 5 Common Core Myths

Let's Chat Core Series

You’ve heard the adage: one step forward, two steps back. Sometimes I think that’s how we all feel when confronted with change, especially the kind of change that quickly gets swept up by debate, speculation, and confusion. Even though the Common Core State Standards have been met with a great deal of support and enthusiasm, there are still many myths that, unaccounted for, can skew our understanding. So, in order to keep our conversations focused and our collective purpose aligned: here are a few myths – debunked.

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Teaching Others to Embrace Common Core

Early this fall Teaching Channel began an extended commitment to bring you new resources to help make sense of the Common Core State Standards. Now that we’ve been at it for a few months, we thought it would be helpful to remind you of the resources we have as well as some that you can look forward to.

And as a special “extra” I’m sharing a very thoughtful response to our inaugural piece from the series, “A View from 30,000 Feet.” I’ve been having an ongoing and invigorating conversation with Anne Ostholthoff who does The Ignite Show, about the Common Core State Standards. Not only does her response to the webinar add some external research to the conversation, she also gives an enthusiastic voice to how our larger education community sees the standards.

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5 Questions to Ask about Core Resources

Finding Sources You Can Trust

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been noticing that almost every catalog that is sent to you, conference you want to attend, or email you open has the moniker of “Common Core State Standards” attached to it. And rightly so. These standards have and will continue to have a definitive impact on our schools and in our classrooms. Yet, with seemingly everything proclaiming that it will “help you meet CCSS” it’s tough to discern what you should trust and turn to in times of uncertainty and accountability.

While I’m not going to offer a comprehensive list of available resources, I will offer some caveats I keep in mind while I’m looking at CCSS resources to decide whether or not they will work for me. I hope these five questions will help you navigate all of those resources with more confidence.

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Let’s Chat Core: Simplifying Text Complexity

A Teacher’s “Working Definition”

As I meet and talk to teachers about the Common Core State Standards, I consistently hear the question: “What is all this text complexity? Am I supposed to be giving kids harder things to read?” This question underscores some of the truth and a lot of the misconceptions about text complexity, its role as part of the Core and how it functions in the classroom.

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Let’s Chat Core: A Go-To Toolbox for Teachers

Turning Standards into Manageable Lessons

After we launched our Let’s Chat Core series, Tch member Katherine Hurst posed a great question: “Do you have any ideas on how to have a ‘go-to toolbox’ of objectives for the new standards?” Katherine is asking a crucial question: how is it that we move from these overarching, complex standards to a manageable lesson? Here’s one way to think about it.

One of my favorite movies is Searching for Bobby Fischer, about a young kid who happens to also be a chess prodigy. There’s this great scene in there where one of his teachers tells him not to make a move until he can see the outcome, until he can see 13 steps ahead. This is how it works in the classroom too – we move when we see the end game that informs our next step. But figuring out that next step can be tricky.

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Let’s Chat Core: Unpacking the Standards

Ongoing Series Answers Your Questions

Zooming out. Zooming in. Implementing something as significant as the Common Core State Standards can’t be achieved by only purchasing a new set of materials or by having someone else translate the language and give it to you.

It’s a much slower, much murkier process than the kind of assembly-line efficiency we’re often used to. Rather, making sense of the Core means wrestling with it – using both the broadest strokes and the finest points.

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PodcastPodcastImplementing the Core: Where to Begin?

Let's Chat Core Q & A

Where do I start? It can feel like being on a hilltop, overlooking this vast landscape before you and being so overwhelmed that all you want to do is sit down instead of taking a step. But taking that first step is what we all must do and these two questions from members of our community target just how to make a first move.

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