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.
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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