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Get Common Core Ready

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Common Core Knowledge. Apple core is being used as the O in core.
 
 
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Instruction Based on CCSS

Instruction Based on CCSS iconInstruction Based on CCSStitle

  • Language Development Across the Curriculum
  • Rigor and Text Complexity
  • Increased Focus on Listening and Speaker
  • Emphasis on Collaboration, Inquiry, and Teamwork
 

Common Core

3 Key Ideas for Parents about the Common Core

3 Key Ideas for Parents about the Common Core icon3 Key Ideas for Parents about the Common Coretitle

Thinking Deeply
The Common Core emphasizes critical thinking. It requires students to analyze more, discuss more, evaluate more, justify more and explain their thinking & understanding deeply, especially in writing. Take-Away: Really thinking deeply is hard. Let it BE hard, help them talk it out. 
 
Integrating Learning
The Common Core emphasizes learning across disciplines (reading with math & social studies standards combined into one task). Students spend more time working together with different settings, structures & tools. Take-Away: Problems & solutions happen everyday in the real world. 
 
Showing How They Know
The Common Core emphasizes proof & evidence. Long gone are the days of worksheets, fact memorizations and skill & drill. Students are not taught this way and they are not assessed this way. Take-Away: The new tests will require students to explain how they know. 
 
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Supporting the Common Core at Home

Supporting the Common Core at Home iconSupporting the Common Core at Hometitle

  • Ask *why* when children tell you they want something or want to do or not do something.
  • Use the word *because* after “No” or “Not tonight…”
  • Give reasons--you to them and them to you.
  • Encourage questions & explore answers (especially questions whose answers are not yes or no.)
  • Explain & discuss issues or problems in your house, neighborhood, & community. Brainstorm solutions.
  • Compare how things are alike and different-videos, movies, food.
  • Look for patterns 8 Describe & categorize stuff.
  • Tell your children what you value & why.
  • Encourage & celebrate opinions.