Category Archives: Common Core

What is the Common Core, Anyway?

The Common Core State Standards is a U.S. education initiative seeking to align the varied curricula between states. Established in 2009 by the National Governors Association, the new initiatives for standards in literacy and mathematics was developed as a solution to high school graduates not being adequately prepared for what adult-life requires. The new standards […]

Hate Common Core? Why Blaming the CCSS is Misdirected.

The Common Core State Standards have been a hot topic ever since the initial launch into the American school system, sparking debate from parents, teachers, and even celebrities. It’s thought of as “the next new math,” coming to rattle and destroy society’s primary way of doing multiplication, division, and the like, and many are questioning […]

Breaking down the Common Core’s 8 mathematical practice standards

The Common Core mathematical practice standards are the foundation for mathematical thinking and practice for students as well as guidance that helps teachers modify their classrooms to approach teaching in a way that develops a more advanced mathematical understanding. Think of these standards as a guide to creating a more complex and absorbing learning experience […]

Common Core Resources “Common Core Standards for Kindergarten through 12th grade serve as a map assisting teachers with planning instruction, crafting their own lessons and linking their plans with the standards. CorePlanner enables you to check and document Common Core Standards for Math and English as they apply to each lesson plan.” “Amazing teachers, amazing Common Core […]

How to Prepare for the Common Core State Standards in 3 Steps

With a majority of U.S. states on track to fully implementing the Common Core State Standards during this year, many around the nation are left with questions about the changes in education and how the implementation will happen. Whether you’re a fan of the new standards or not, field testing has already started in 36 […]

Attention Teachers: SAT changes to reflect Common Core by 2016

The College Board recently announced proposed changes to the SAT, the most influential and critical college-admissions exam. The reshaping of the SAT test is said to change the penalty for incorrect guesses, the vocabulary words, and creating an optional essay, with the goal of creating an exam that better reflects the new Common Core standards. […]

Implementing the Common Core? Avoid These 5 Big Mistakes

1. Trying to do it alone As the saying goes, “two heads are better than one.” Teachers helping teachers is essential to the success and outcome of the Common Core State Standards. After being adopted by more than 40 states, at least 85% of state curricula is expected to be based around the new Common […]