Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Biggest Challenge Posed By The Common Core Standards

In my opinion, the biggest challenge posed by the Common Core Standards, will be having to fill in content gaps. Teachers who have tremendous depth and breadth of content knowledge will not have any problems. However, teachers whose content knowledge is thin are going to struggle. This is because, rather than spell out what needs to be taught, the CCSS outlines what's necessary to meet the standard. For instance, if a standard requires students to prepare an objective summary, students will need to know how to identify a topic, determine the main idea(s) and select key details in order to meet that standard. A teacher who has a solid grasp of content will know what needs to be done, a teacher who does not will need support. Fortunately, there are a number of high quality resources that can help. I will be posting about them in the future.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Michelle,

    I happened to chance upon your blog and found it very interesting!

    We have recently launched a science app that uses augmented reality to enhance classroom teaching. The app has 3D models for kindergarten to grade 12. I thought you might want to check it out and may be review it on your blog, if possible.

    It is a paid app(with a few models free) but in case you are interested in trying it out I will be happy to provide you with a free copy.

    The link to the app is: 



    You can also search for the app on the app store as 'Augmenter'.

    Do let me know if you would be interested. I am really Looking forward to your response.

    happy teaching!