Common Core: Elementary School
Lesson Objective: See how teaching to the Common Core affects classroom practice
Grades K-5 / ELA / Math / Common Core

Thought starters

  1. How will open-ended problem solving prepare students for future math classes?
  2. How will the addition of speaking and listening standards shape classroom activities?
  3. How does analyzing lessons for Common Core alignment help this group of teachers with their own practice?
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It was a fine video, I suppose. Nothing really stood out to me. I had to watch it for my educaiton class. I felt like I didn't really learn much that I didn't already know. It was just more busy work.

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I love the idea of common core because common core is an attempt to make elementary education the same across the country. I’m theory it can help students think on their own but personally it is not developed enough for the country to all be on the same page.
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Our county started common core a few years ago and we were hesitant at first. It took a lot of time to plan and rethink how we prepared our lessons. As we tackled the challenge, we realized that we were already doing many of the techniques and strategies provided by the new curriculum. We also realized that we had more opportunities for differentiation. Since more focus is on students delving deeper into the content, we have more time to develop foundational skills for all students. Those who need the chance to learn new strategies that could work best for their learning style, now could be successful too. Our continued challenge is to access more technology to build on the resources and be able to present this information in digital formats.
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I think implementing the common core at an early will prepare children the next stage of their educational career.
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I agree with Benjamin Jones' comment below, particularly with regard to our students demanding "instant gratification" in their problem solving. I have seen students in my class be satisfied with a 25% chance of guessing correctly by choosing A, B, C, or D. Utilizing CC practices daily from Kindergarten on will help students become comfortable and proficient in solving a problem through discussion with peers, but more importantly, a requirement to explain the problem and support a solution with specific evidence which must be presented orally. I am excited about this change and have set specific goals for myself to strengthen my teaching of these skills. The video showed Ms. Bradford working with a group of K or 1st graders. She read a math problem about the number of buttons required to make a dress, and the number of buttons a person collected from several events. This problem could have simply required students to indicate the total number of buttons the person had.....but instead the challenge was, "Does she have enough buttons to make the dress? Why do you think so? Explain your decision to me while showing me your evidence (table showing buttons received). This allows the students to deeply consider the "why", to strengthen their speaking skills, and to expand their ability to support their decisions with evidence. Kim Molino had her students engage in an author study activity wherein they had to "become" a character and be interviewed in a talk show. Each responded to questions presented by the "talk show host" about him/herself. This required the students to read their text closely, and to answer questions orally based on what they learned from the text, ultimately resulting in deeper comprehension of the reading. At the end of the video, Common Core Specialist Ben Grossman said that good teachers should not fear common core practices as 90% of what the standards require is already being done. The remainder represents an addition of valuable practices and becoming intentional in what we often do simply out of the understanding of good teaching practice. Great video !
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