Educators in 46 states and DC are deep in the process of implementing new “common core” standards into their classrooms. But an emerging anti-core backlash may render their efforts moot in several states. For readers who may not know, the common core state standards are intended to define the knowledge and skills in English language
The short answer: no and maybe. Now to the long answer. As a new teacher, one of the first concepts you learn is “scaffolding.” Like the scaffolds beside a building, scaffolding in teaching is about building a supportive structure piece by piece so a student can get somewhere he or she couldn’t get by themselves.
The Carnegie Corporation has given us a new phrase to describe the biggest challenge facing high schools as they move to implement the Common Core and Next Generation Science standards. We already know that by aiming to make every student a college-career ready high school grad, states and school districts will need to ratchet up
Maybe it’s because schools are now taking a hard look at them, maybe it’s because the countdown to common core test day looms large, but it feels like the common core standards just can’t get any love anymore. In a strange alliance of purpose, critics from both the right and the left are calling on
Recently, my husband and I were invited over to a friend’s house for dinner. They had prepared an unbelievable spread, and when it came time for dessert, they offered not one, but two choices—ice cream or cake. Without blinking an eye, my husband declared, “Both please.” We all laughed out loud, acknowledging the universally accepted