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Common Core Standards Workshop

Hello Everybody!

Last week I went to a Common Core Standards workshop and got a better grasp on how Math classes across the country are going to be changing next school year. I went to a workshop held by Vacaville Unified School District that was intended for any teacher who teaches Math from 6th to 8th grade to attend. Starting in the 13-14 school year all schools in the nation will be following the recently purposed Common Core Standards. These standards will focus more on explanation and reasoning over the actual correct answer. For example, explaining why x=5 is more important than the actual answer that x=5. So what does this all mean? From what I have gathered, teaching styles will change dramatically starting next year. Students will have a major adjustment to make and it will probably take a couple years to get use to. THE GOOD NEWS: our students will have a better future in the long run and will receive better teaching because of these new standards. Standardized testing will change and so will overall knowledge of subject matter. Thank you for reading my post. There will be more to come! :)

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A lot of teachers use it with a groan.. I am a paraprofessional, I see it all. I think the language used on student assessments is way to high for young children, but you have to be very careful in trying to not change anything when describing a word, because they think the kids should know these terms. If you can look over the assessments ahead of time and introduce the words and use them a lot, that will help.
I completely agree. Testing is a hard way to assess how a student is doing. A student could completely understand a problem and the work involved, but then not understand the wording on the test. Also, anxiety before a test can cause confusion during the test. I think many teachers stress kids out with how they talk about tests. I remember teachers telling me in high school how important a certain test is and that if I did not perform well then I personally would be affecting my future and the school's future. I think this is a lot of stress to place on someone and it is not fair. It will be interesting to see where things end up within the next few years.