Here is a 3 minute video, developed by the Council of the Great City Schools: Common Core Works, provides basic information for those who need to explain to others how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels to get them to graduation and beyond.
What do you think of this explanation?
Great video. Thank you Great City Schools again for your balanced approach to a controversial topic. Having Common Standards is a no-brainer for a number of reasons, and global competition is just one of them. Think about the families who are mobile and even though very sincere about finding the best schools in various states to offer a good education, often end up at the end of the "stairs" because of the inconsistencies.
Another argument for the CCSS is that everyone is now learning that the middle class is becoming extinct in the U.S. Adopting these standards will help eliminate that problem also as it allows all students to become competitive and qualified in the skills now lacking.
This video should be circulated widely. It tells the story in 3 minutes.
The video addresses the problems to be solved such as the global competition and the numerous different standards that existed in various states. I would prefer to see more of what the changes are that will allow United States students to better compete in the global market and to prepare for the types of jobs expected in the future. The Common Core makes the standards common for most of the states. Common Core will be compare to standards in other countries and those states that did not adopt Common Core. .
Very good point!
One of the Pros for Common Core Standards is "The Common Core Standards are internationally bench-marked. This means that our standards will compare favorably to standards of other countries. This is positive in that the United States has dropped considerably in educational rankings over the last few decades. By having standards that are internationally bench-marked that ranking should begin to improve." contained in What are some Pros and Cons of the Common Core Standards by Derrick Meador.
What a great way of explaining why the Common Core Standards are important! I teach a graduate level course and teachers could really benefit from this 3 minute video. Many teachers are still unaware that there are Common Core Standards or they aren’t exactly sure why we have them. I try my best to explain them but I am nowhere close to explaining it as clearly as this video. I will for sure post this video in all my university classes. I do find that the Common Core Standards have a resemblance to the Australian Curriculum . As mentioned in this Common Core video, the philosophy of building stepping stones early on and making sure the students understand 2 +2 before they move onto 2 x 2 is also a philosophy in with the Australian Curriculum. For example, to teach students Language Arts the teachers builds on key concepts, skills and processes developed in earlier years, and teachers will revisit, strengthen and develop these as needed. I think it is great if we have common language about what our students and children need to learn at different milestones.
The video does do an excellent job of presenting what problems Common Core is trying to address. Since I am aware of the problems, I view the video of a better way of presenting problems I already know about.
I want to know what changes are being put in place to solve the problems. I prefer to see videos such as From the Page to the Classroom : Implementing the Common Core State Standards - English Language Arts and Literacy. From the Page to the Classroom: Implementing the Common Core State Standards - English Language Arts and Literacy on Vim…The video explains how such changes such as using more information readings rather than the fiction readings, requiring student to write based on text information rather than their opinions, earlier introduction of vocabulary, and read aloud are being implemented to help student prepare for tasks later in their life.
Thanks for the "What are some Pros and Cons of the Common Core Standards" link. There are a number of Common Core articles at that location.
From the Page to the Classroom: Implementing the Common Core State Standards - English Language Arts and Literacy on Vim… , another well done instructional video by Council of the Great City Schools, is a great video for those who have moved from unpacking the Common Core Standards to implementing those standards.
Thank you for sharing it here, Joe.
How has the implementation of the Common Core Standards changed your teaching practices? Do you think we will be able to assess which students are truly winning the race?
Your questions seem to suggest that you think I am a teacher in a classroom. However, I am approaching this discussion from a completely different viewpoint. My degree is in Electronic Engineering. Normally, my teaching done at the beginning of the school year is for the teachers and would include software training and teacher resources on the Internet. This year, I skipped software training and teacher resources because I did not know what Common Core was bringing.
In California, the state has mandated that Common Core be implemented. The decision has been made so I do not worry about whether or not the Common Core should be accepted. The cons like listed in the link provided now become problems to solve. The biggest problem listed in the link given What are some Pros and Cons of the Common Core Standards is Con # 5 The Common Core Standards assessment will not have an equivalency test for students with special needs. Carousel School www.carouselschool.com is for students with special needs. Taking the first pass at your last question, I do not expect most students with special needs to be “truly winning the race” because of their limitations.
I do worry about how the students will be accessed as I see the disadvantage if students with special needs are accessed the same way as normal students. I have not heard how California will handle the students with special needs assessments. I heard California is requiring Common Core for 2014 and would apply to students with special needs. The problem becomes what modifications such as MTSS (Common Core State Standards and Diverse Students: Using Multi-Tiered Systems of Support found at www.commoncoreworks.org under Publications) will be required to allow the students to achieve their full potential
Taking a broader picture, I wonder that will not total change in what is taught and how the assessment is made create significant score differences compare to scores from earlier years. If the scores are lower will people take into consideration that we are comparing something completely different?
I can not answer the “How has the implementation of the Common Core Standards changed your teaching practices?” because I believe the question is directed to those in the classroom.
Instead, I am working on the problem of what changes to the network infrastructure do I need to support Common Cause. I immediately see three problems: 1. Significant increase in use of Xerox copiers. 2. Increase need of Internet bandwidth. 3. Increased hardware needs.
The Xerox copiers selected were based on a certain page output. The Xerox contract was for 5 years and we are not near the 5 year mark. I see Common Core significantly increasing the use of the Xerox copiers. I will come back to this one.
The From the Page to the Classroom: Implementing the Common Core State Standards - English Language Arts and Literacy http://vimeo.com/44521437 talks about having the student source their answers from the text books. However, most current information is going to be on the Internet. The students need to know how to find information on the Internet. Obtaining information on the Internet will require more Internet bandwidth and more Xerox copier use. I am in the process of increasing the Internet bandwidth.
To support more Internet access, there will need to be more hardware such as computers.
Because of the trend to replace text books with Internet sources, more hardware is needed. The problem becomes what hardware is needed to support that change? On N2Y website, they have a video showing their software product with a number of smart boards. At K-12 decisions is another description of smart boards in all classrooms http://www.k-12techdecisions.com/papers/how_to_ensure_technology_gets_used_in_your_school/collaboration My concern is if the hardware is obtained whether for Internet access or/and for Internet text book replacement will the teachers use the hardware enough to justify the cost of obtaining that hardware. At LAUSD, they are providing ipads for all the students. This is a similar problem in that the teachers need to be trained so the ipads are put to the best use. I like to know what training the LAUSD teachers are getting so the ipads will be used to their fullest potential.
You've made many excellent points! I'm a retired educator and technology specialist. We were also concerned about the need for more hardware, especially for testing. We incorporated the use of document cameras and SMART boards over the past three years. This actually reduced the use of paper in the classrooms. Our school district increased the bandwidth. Teacher training on the use of the technology is an ongoing process. Those teachers willing to spend time on their own to investigate new strategies, techniques, get new ideas and actually attempt to implement them are ahead of the game. There are still educators who feel the school districts have not provided enough training. Add in Common Core and new approaches to differentiated instruction and you have educators who are stressed over how teaching has changed. The focus on data collection, analysis, and change in instruction continues to 'stir the pot'. I've heard the lament, "why can't I just teach?".