Common Core standards are certainly in the front of professional development for many school districts this upcoming year as we begin to realign our curriculum areas to meet this switch.
In what ways do you see the Intel courses preparing teachers to implement common core standards? Which specific Intel courses or activities bring light to this topic?
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I have taken the Project-Based Instruction and Assessments courses. Standards are critical elements in both courses, and are a main topic throughout our teacher inservice. I had not seen any of the Common Core Standards until today on Intel Engage. When I hear "standards" I immediately think of the TEKS (Texas Standards) because these are the standards engrained in my brain. As I mentioned in another post, there is overlap between the CCS and the TEKS. There are fewer Common Core Standards, at least in math (the subject I looked at carefully), and some of the expectations are different from the TEKS.
As far as implementing the CCS, I do not see that happening in Texas for now because the TEKS are "where it's at."
I am also curious how the Texas and Alaska standards compare to the Common Core. Do you think pressure will be put on those two states to adopt the common core? Is the pressure most likely to come from the US Dept. of Education - or parents of tranferring students?
I know Texas purchases enough textbooks to have an edition designed specifically for them. How challenging will it be for Alaska to obtain a textbook aligned to their core - if they are not aligned to the common core?
In case you cannot tell, my concern is for transferring students. I was one of those students. I moved 16 times by the time I left for college. Several years, I switched schools mid-year. It was challenging to begin a "different core" and feel like I did not know what was being taught. I'm hopeful someone will think of students FIRST!
In Iowa we have just adopted the Common Core. Our Iowa Core now includes the Common Core for Reading and Math. I took the Thinking with Technology course this summer to become a Master Teacher. The tools are so valuable to our teachers, but I think the lessons and discussions that took place about moving our students into higher order thinking skills is what is really going to help our teachers move to the Common Core. We need to look at what kinds of questions and activities we are asking of our students. Making those more complex and thought provoking will definitely get us moving in the right direction.
Missouri is on the journey toward Common Core Standards. Schools are beginning to compare the Missouri Standards to Common Core and making adjustments in their curriculum. We will be moving toward Common Core testing in 2013.
The project-based learning approach incorporated into the Intel materials really helps students become engaged, obtain the ability to attack problems, and think at those higher levels all classrooms should strive for. These skills are right in line with the Common Core and those all important 21st Century skills.
The Assessment course is one of the best resources I have seen to help teachers build assessments, especially those formative assessment that help inform their instruction. Having these tools are essential to ensuring teachers are helping students meet any standards their state is choosing to adopt.
I see the act of moving to the Common Core standards as being a freeing experience for teachers--a do-over! When I am training we always relate what we are doing to "the standards". Often, I fear that teachers will return to the classroom and go back to what they were already doing. Now, we make sure that newly developed lessons address the Common Core standards. That means teachers have the opportunity to throw out the old, and create newer, better lessons using what they are learning with me! If they have bits and pieces of old lessons that are too good to let go, they can re-weave them into their new curriculum where they fit. Now that they are more knowledgeable about PBL, assessment, and collaboration, those new lessons will be AWESOME and aligned to the Common Core! Even better, all the states that do adopt the Common Core will be able to collaborate with an even wider group of colleagues.
I agree with you on how engaging and effective the Elements: Assessment course is. I've noticed a disturbing trend with some teachers. It appears some experienced teachers are only willing to attend workshops they are paid for. Several of the teachers I have heard about become "reluctant learners" in these workshops. I've heard of some workshops where these teachers provide a negative influence for those who desire to learn. I've wondered if this is because such teachers resist change and hope the Common Core Standards will go away. How do you think we can encourage such teachers to engage in professional development? I'm hoping for good suggestions as this impacts students!
I'm with you on this Dyane, I think the Elements courses are right-on for preparing teachers to use the Common Core Standards. You mentioned Assessments course. I went into Project Based Approaches and pulled a out few of the glossary's key words then searched those words in the Common Core State Standards for English Language arts. Here's some of the "hits" I came up with: the word project comes up - 18 times, collaborate/collaboration - 23 times, reasoning - 46 times, reflect/reflection 81 times, digital - 44 times. When I ask why more teachers in NYS aren't taking Elements courses the answer is usually "their too busy with Common Core". Yes, and exactly why they should be encouraged to take Elements Courses.
I think Intel courses really support the Common Core Standards. I don't know that much about Common Core Standards, but it seems like it deals a lot with presentation/communication skills as well as technology. Intel courses are all about those things. It has been very helpful for me to be a part of eMINTS which changes the way I teach.