What is "common core teaching"?


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Common core teaching involves adhering to a set of academic standards in English language arts and literacy and mathematics that outline what students should know. The teaching methods with common core standards are designed to ensure students graduate high school with the competency to succeed in careers and college.

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Common core teaching must be clear, understandable and consistent with each lesson and aligned with career and college expectations as outlined by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. Each lesson is based on higher-order thinking skills with hands-on application of knowledge in mathematics and the English language.

Common core teaching relies on evidence and researched-based lessons. For example, instead of focusing solely on writing and reading skills, teachers prompt students to think about the complexity of the readings through analysis in a stair step process that allows students to gain more from what they read and accelerate at their own pace to higher levels of reading comprehension.

When teaching mathematics with common core standards, teachers prompt students to cover concepts through problem solving versus regurgitating and memorizing equations. For example, addition and subtraction is often illustrated through a scenario or problem that applies real-world examples for the students versus a singular math problem.

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