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How can we distinguish products that truly fit the CCSS?

Sep 16, 2013 10:34pm

With the Common Core State Standards almost completely rolled out, all kinds of education corporations are rolling every kind of product under the sun that supposedly "supports," "was designed for," or "implements" the standards. It seems that everyone is getting Common Core fever, and everyone is using the standards to support their pet projects or products that are now "designed" for the Common Core. First, as educators, what are some ways we can distinguish curriculum material or educational products that are truly aligned with Common Core? What features will these products have and what skills or knowledge will be emphasized or not emphasized? Second, what suggestions do you have for ways that classroom teachers can advocate for truly Common Core aligned strategies, methods, materials, and resources when challenged by the onslaught of "CCSS" branded stuff out there? Thanks!

  • English Language Arts
  • Pre K-12
  • Assessment / Common Core / Planning


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    • Sep 22, 2013 8:27am

      I look at it differently. Try not to view thew Common Core as a product, but rather a process. If one of the standards is "citing textual evidence to support a claim," then I have the ultimate responsibility and authority to make sure that students can successful cite textual evidence to support a claim regardless of the materials we use. As an ELA teacher, we should be able to do that with a poem, story, novel, play or just about anything else we need to make sure the standard is achieved.

      I plan lessons to standards, regardless of the materials we have.