The Education Revolution Named Common Core State Standards
The initiation of implementation of Common Core State Standards marks a new dawn for absolute new era of education. This revolutionized phase of education is about to change everything from, what to teach to, how to teach, and even how to learn and master the topics. The schools, teachers, parents as well as the students, all need to participate in making it entirely beneficial and successful. After all, it is about success, career, and fate of our students.
With near-nationwide acceptance of Common Core State Standards, the teachers will have to brace themselves as learning facilitators. The new student is an active learner with many more questions and many more doubts since the CCSS empowers the student to master the basic concepts to the core. Availability of some good tutorial technology has made the challenge a bit easy, yet the teachers will need to shift entire paradigm of teaching to comply with the CCSS.
On one hand where the parents, education critiques, and administrations gave a standing ovation to the new set of changes, the final implementers of the applauded changes i.e. the teachers are evolving to be the mentor to involved learners.
Here is a closer look at what is going on in some of the best and the unique educational programs across the country:
Clear you Concepts
As per CCSS a through, deep and clear understanding of the concepts is inevitable. Thus, entire subject material must be clarified through basic concepts. There is no more mere touch and go on understanding the idea or any particular concept. The students must understand the concept from its basic working to how does it become a part of the larger picture.
Of course, the teachers until now have been teaching too many things and the learning has merely been an inch deep. Now, as the new hub of knowledge, each teacher will need to learn and revise each concept in depth.
The vice president of academic affairs of William Peace University, NC, Ann Denlinger, PhD says, “We shifted our approach so that the teachers recognize that the new learning methodology is about application and not just knowing the concept. They understand that when they are presented with any set of information they must recognize the issue and figure out how the information is to be applied to sort the issue.”
Technology Comes to Your Rescue
Oh, Yes! Not only teaching technology is throughout the curriculum is mandatory, it has also become the best rescue aid for the teachers.
“Gone are the days when technology was merely and extension for education and taking just a single class in software education would suffice. Today, how we learn and how we teach is being inspired by technology, it is no more an allied aspect but an essential tool”, says Emily Lyman, a faculty at WesternGovernorsUniversity.
Not just Read it, comprehend too!
Yes, the meaning of “To learn” is about to be implemented in its crude format, all thanks to the CCSS. Comprehension of literature is no more sole responsibility of the language teachers. To read, to write, and be able to comprehend is not just about literature. In fact, CCSS has taken it further, after comprehending the information; the student must associate it with its use, application, or productivity too. Thus, teaching literature (literally) is a shared responsibility of all the educators.
While during the implementation of the old state standards the teachers had to follow instructions received on how should the reading be taught, as per CCSS the game is entirely different. That is how big the new change is.
AdelphiUniversity decided to adapt to the new teaching standards through dummy classes. The students go through the CCSS and conduct method classes in accordance with the same. The language arts and math classes have helped the teachers understand the massive shift that is required, declared assistant professor of science education, Emily Kang, PhD from Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, Adelphi University, NY.
Will they Put Knowledge to Practical Test?
Believe it or not, it is true! The students will have to come prepared. They will have to associate with the latest research work. Not only they will have to research information and put it to use, they also will have to develop and justify the new answers.
Breaking the barriers between math, literacy, social studies, and science to promote students to prepare cross-curricular lessons is a must as CCSS thrives on interdisciplinary education.
Students will no longer be able to suffice their knowledge by listening to the classroom lectures. They will have to work in groups and resolve problems. The new tutorial and learning software are a massive aid to them. Dr. Denlinger says, “Our teacher education program is experience-based and student-centered, because that’s how classroom will be in the future.”