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Teaching is the Core (of Common Core)

Missouri is one of 45 states nationwide that has adopted Common Core State Standards, providing a clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in school.

Common Core State Standards were created by an independent, bipartisan group of leaders who wanted to provide a set of common standards across all states that would ensure that students are ready for college and career.

Both Missouri and New York adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010, and New York has since put together this video, explaining how Common Core Standards put teaching at the core of learning.

Teaching is the Core from EngageNY on Vimeo.

The teachers interviewed in the video emphasize the positive interaction of students with the materials they’re learning, and with one another through Common Core.

One teacher commented that she sees fewer “passive learners” than before, and Peter Mesh, a 5th grade teacher in Wynantskill New York, says, “ “When we have a lesson that’s focused on the Common Core instructional shifts, the students are much more engaged with each other.”

Students in the video call Common Core work more difficult than their schoolwork before Common Core:

“It’s a lot harder. You have to work hard; you have to stay on top of your work”, says a 12th grade student named Bridget from Unadilia, New York.

Lorie Ostrander, a Network Team Member Curriculum Coordinator at Boards of Cooperative Educational Services in New York says, “The bars have been raised. College and career readiness is different than it used to be.”

The Common Core State Standards “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn”, and are “designed to be robust and relevant to the real world.”

After watching the New York State Common Core video, do you think that students are engaged by Common Core learning? Do you think that Common Core has pushed New York’s teachers and administrators to hold their students to higher standards of learning? Leave a comment today on the blog!

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