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Curriculum Reform and the Common Core

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Kerry Dube

on 1 October 2013

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Transcript of Curriculum Reform and the Common Core

Please view the following TED videos and article. In your post, comment on what you think schools need to change in order to make students successful. Do you agree with the need to change the curriculum to fit the needs of our current workforce, and if this were an ideal world...what would your ideal reform movement include? Explain.

Post due Thursday. Respond to 2 peers by Friday :)

Computer-based testing (Performance based)
Funding for new technology
Time needed for testing
More intense teacher grading
Improved classroom management
Students time off task
For CA, money spent on teacher training/resources
Meeting needs of diverse learners (students with special needs such as autism, ELLs, gifted, etc.)
By: Natalie D., Christine K., & Kerry D.
Common Core State Standards
Why reform?
Students need better knowledge and tools to prepare for the future (www.cde.gov).
There are still achievement gaps that exist throughout our nation.
With the collaboration of states, standards were designed to be clear, consistent, rigorous, and relevant.
A common set of standards enures that all students, no matter where they live, will be focused on graduating from high school prepared for post secondary education and careers (www.cnusd.k12.ca.us).
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provides deeper and more focused content for students that encourages critical thinking and problem-solving.
CCSS will facilitate conversation among parents, teachers, and children about high-level academic learning goals.
Classroom Implications
How to implement Common Core Standards in your classroom

The following article provides a teacher's experience implementing the new CCSS to her teaching and provides additional strategies and resources to help with your classroom:

Curriculum Reform
As we have learned from our class text, the definition of curriculum has many meanings. According to Ornstein and Hunkins (2013), curriculum can be viewed as a plan for setting goals, a way of dealing with learners’ experiences in and outside of the classroom, a way of managing people and content, a theoretical field of study on its own, and the subject matter or content to be taught by teachers and learned by learners at certain grade levels.
In Chapter 3, we explored the many types of curricular and educational reform our country has experienced since the beginning of our nation. Curriculum reform seeks to change curriculum in the current practice of that time to improve the education offered to students.
Today, the curriculum reform we are undergoing is the adoption and recent implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Please explore the rest of our Prezi to learn about the CCSS and the implications it has on our teaching and our students’ learning.

Please view the video below about how teaching with the CCSS affects the classroom.

Students are to critically think and collaborate with others for common goals.
Students are expected to learn through exploration and discovery.
Students respond to rigorous, high level thinking questions
It's about the process, not the product
More time means students can learn the skills they need in order to build a stronger academic foundation.
Blooms Taxonomy
CCSS requires students to evaluate and synthesize information.
The Road to Curriculum Reform and the Common Core State Standards
Below in a video introducing the CCSS and how and why they were designed:
College and career readiness
Use of critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Individual and collaborative assignments
Student driven
Hands-on experiences
Less, more in depth standards
Why do we reform?
Discussion Post #1
Discussion Question 2
Having read the articles and watched the videos on how the CCSS is being implemented in classrooms, do you think the CCSS will be what American schools need in order to meet the needs of our current and future generations? Use examples from the resources provided to support your response.

Also, revisit your first post (regarding your ideal school reform), does the CCSS have a strand for what you felt to be most important for your classroom?
Post & Respond to 2 peers by Sunday :)

Allow discussions within all subject areas
Integrate subject areas and allow students to make connections across the curriculum
Provide many opportunities for students' reflections on their learning
Provide problem-solving, multiple step activities
Encourage students to explain their reasoning/thinking
Use lots of informational text
Provide group activities where students can agree/disagree with their peers
Provide text that students where students can connect and synthesize information
Collaborate with other teachers for grade level planning
View this piece about why it's the perfect time to be a part of this change.
Work Cited
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