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 Core State Standards by 2015. The CCSS have opened the door for educators to share ideas and collaborate on the same topic, and many resources for teachers can even be found online. Teachers who share advice and expertise on a specific topic will not only educate other teachers but will create a powerful community of individuals with a common goal:  implementing the CCSS in the most effective way possible.

2. Expecting a solve-all kit

The Common Core State Standards are complex and detailed, including the many specific standards and course requirements varying from the previous standards. Although many resources claim to be “aligned with the Common Core,” it is important to remember that while some tools may match certain standards, there is no single simple solution in implementing the CCSS. Teachers should search out useful materials to apply to their teaching styles in collaboration with their own strategies on flipping to Common Core, and keep in mind that the implementation is an ongoing process. It is important to modify continuously a teaching curriculum and assessment in order to implement effectively the CCSS in the classroom.

3. Closing communication with parents

Since the primary discussions of the Common Core began, there have been controversial debates over the implementation and effects to follow. By allowing two-way communication between teachers and parents, it will be easier and more comfortable for all parties to understand the differences and the changes that come with the CCSS. The shift of focus from memorization to problem solving will only be beneficial with the support of teachers and parents alike.

4. Relying on technology

Anyone who has read the CCSS has undoubtedly recognized the emphasis on technology in the new-age of teaching. In order to leverage technology and its usefulness in the classroom, it must be merged into lesson plans as a tool to create unified exercises. A student using technology without meaningful instruction and collaboration with a lesson plan will not benefit from technology alone.

5. Ignoring professional development

Valuable professional development courses are the best and most powerful ways to transition into the CCSS. With the guidance of course work designed to educate a teacher on the differences between the new and old standards, teachers who engage in professional development will have a deeper understanding of the CCSS and can ensure that their modified teaching methods will comply with the Common Core State Standards. If the Common Core Standard is new to you or if you need to learn to unpack the Common Core Standard for your classroom, please visit the courses page and look around at the Commo


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