As we are diving right into the Common Core Standards in our district I often find myself struggling to see the deeper meaning in the standards. The standards seem vague and don't offer much support to spark my teaching or understanding. I am not clear where we are going and I find my teaching is not as intentional as I know it should be.
Recently, Patrick Allen of All-en-A Day's work posted an interview with Debbie Miller discussing her motivation in revising her book, Reading With Meaning.Toward the end of the interview Patrick asked Debbie about what positives she sees in the Common Core Standards. Debbie's words gave me a new perspective and permission to follow what I believe about good teaching.
Debbie: … —now higher-level comprehension work is emphasized for all children, even our youngest readers. Reading, in the common core, is all about making meaning! And thankfully, it focuses on results, rather than means, leaving room for teachers to determine how these goals should be reached and what additional strategies might be addressed.
I read Debbie's words over and over working to make sure I understood her message and not just what I want to believe. I want to believe I have permission to follow my kids and take teaching and learning at their pace, in a way that allows the kids to think deeper and develop skills of life long learners. (In a previous post I shared my belief statements in detail)
With this mindset I went to the Key Considerations section of the Common Core. (In Patrick Allen's interview Debbie promises reading this will make you feel better). These words gave me the permission to follow what I believe about good teaching.
...there are multiple ways to teach these standards, and therefore, there will be multiple approaches that could help students accomplish the goals set out in the standards.I am beginning to see I can follow what I believe about best practice and the Common Core. Thank you @coloreader and Debbie Miller for helping me to find perspective.
I would love to hear your perspective on the common core and best practice, please share your thoughts!