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Are the Common Core standards preparing our students to become college and career ready?

Do you believe that the common core standards are a movement in the right direction for our education system?

Will our students really be college and career ready?

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  • May 14 2013: Many states have adopted the Common Core Standards. How do you as teachers successfully implement the Common Core standards in your lessons?
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      May 14 2013: I can only tell you what I did. I would look at the standards and ask myself, am I covering all this stuff and more in my planned curriculum? Yes?

      And then I would go ahead with my plans.

      On a higher level, a district will examine the standards and may publish a curriculum for, say, 7th grade math, that communicates to teachers which books and chapters they should be aiming to cover so as to hit all the core standards.

      Now seventh graders who already know that stuff might be placed in eighth grade math or higher, so the standards are not interpreted as meaning that every seventh grader regardless of what he knows should be doing x, y, and z.,
      • May 15 2013: Thank you for your comments. Working in a school district that has adopted the common core standards, I am interested in how other educators implement these standards into their lesson planning. Through some research about these standards, it is evident to me that the Common Core is a foundation for teachers to have their students become critical thinkers.
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          May 15 2013: That is good to hear, Kristin. I was focused on that in any case, as was the text series we were using, so state standards did not shift that dimension of my teaching.

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