Common Core Standards – 3 Key Ideas for Parents
The Common Core emphasizes critical thinking. It requires students to analyze more, discuss more, evaluate more, justify more and explain their thinking & understanding deeply, especially in writing.
Really thinking deeply is hard. Let it BE hard, help them talk it out.
The Common Core emphasizes learning across disciplines (reading with math & social studies standards combined into one task). Students spend more time working together with different settings, structures & tools.
Take-Away: Problems & solutions happen everyday in the real world.
Showing How They Know
The Common Core emphasizes proof & evidence. Long gone are the days of worksheets, fact memorizations and skill & drill. Students are not taught this way and they are not assessed this way.
The new tests will require students to explain how they know.
Supporting The Common Core at Home
- Ask *why* when children tell you they want something or want to do or not do something.
- Use the word *because* after “No”or “Not tonightâ€¦”
- Give reasons–you to them and them to you.
- Encourage questions & explore answers (especially questions whose answers are not yes or no.)
- Explain & discuss issues or problems in your house, neighborhood, & community. Brainstorm solutions.
- Compare how things are alike and different-videos, movies, food.
- Look for patterns
- Describe & categorize stuff.
- Tell your children what you value & why.
- Encourage & celebrate opinions