Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Common Core State Standards--Where should I start?

Last week, a group of teachers and principals asked me this question.  There is so much material on the CCSS, and so many unanswered questions.  So my answer was simple; start at the beginning.  First, read and unpack the standards for your subject/grade level. There are resources available for this; check yesterday's post for some examples.  Pay particular attention to the verbs (thanks @blairteach for that tip).   Next, compare the new standards with your current standards.  Look for gaps--concepts you aren't teaching now that will be expected in the new standards.  That will be important as students move to the next grade; especially if the standards will be introduced in multiple grades at the same time.  Finally, begin to create lessons and formative assessments for the new standards.  And remember, it can be overwhelming, so work through the process with other teachers.

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