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Common Core State Standards & Differentiated Classrooms

The common core standard's purpose is to provide a framework of clear instructions and guidelines. The question is can CCSS be effective?

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Common Core State Standards and Differentiated Classrooms

In today's society, we see some of our children struggle in school with what they learned, and some don't care about learning new things. Technology is a vital part of learning today because it expands our ideas, helps students do their research, and is fun.

Common Core State Standards Initiative is an excellent process for mathematics and English Language Arts. In my opinion, I strongly believe in the CCSS because it prepares students for college and working in professional organizations, and also it assists people with their everyday lives. In this sense, it doesn't look at where a student comes from, so it is not biased against people from low-income areas. Is the system perfect? It's not, but it does prepare students with the help of the innovation of teachers to be able to go to college and be able to keep up with the coursework. It is a guideline that teaches using the reliable and comprehensive direction in what students are required to learn, and it helps teachers foresee what they need to do to ensure that students succeed. The CCSS prepares students for 21st-century learning, which provides that our students are competitive enough to compete globally. The goal is to ensure that students attend college and have the learning capability and experience to ensure that they can graduate. Basic skills like reading and writing need to improve over time along with math because these are the foundation for learning and being able to think critically. The main focus of the Common Core State Standards in higher education will add value for students regardless of their financial status, background or culture.

According to Core standards, "For more than a decade, research studies of mathematics education in high-performing countries have concluded that mathematics education in the United States must become substantially more focused and coherent to improve mathematics achievement in this country. To deliver on this promise, the mathematics standards are designed to address the problem of a curriculum that is "a mile wide and an inch deep." Core standards allow you to know what the students should be able to learn and what they should study in mathematics according to their grade level. These mathematic standards build on the best high-quality standards from various states. According to corestandards.org, "The math standards provide clarity and specificity rather than broad general statements. They endeavor to follow the design envisioned by William Schmidt and Richard Houang (2002) by stressing conceptual understanding of key ideas and continually returning to organizing principles such as place value and the laws of arithmetic to structure those ideas."

Corestandards.org also states, "Therefore, the development of the standards began with research-based learning progressions detailing what is known today about how students' mathematical knowledge, skill, and understanding develop over time. Students' knowledge and skills to be prepared for mathematics in college, career, and life are woven throughout the mathematics standards. They do not include separate Anchor Standards like those used in the ELA/literacy standards."

English language arts are the foundation of learning and are extremely important in education. The ability to read, write, speak and listen and understand. ELA is as important as mathematics because, in life, these are important for critical thinking, learning, and advancement in education. The K-12 grade-specific standards define end-of-year expectations and a cumulative progression designed to enable students to meet college and career readiness expectations no later than the end of high school. The CCR and high school (grades 9-12) standards work in tandem to define the college and career readiness line—the former providing broad standards, the latter providing additional specificity. Hence, both should be considered when developing college and career readiness assessments.

The standards emphasize that instruction in English language arts (ELA) is a shared responsibility across all subject areas and that all teachers must teach reading and writing. The lesson, writing, speaking, listening standards, and language are anchored by College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards (CCR). This standard is not only concerned with the students being successful in their class, but it also builds their readiness to go to college, have a career, and be successful in their everyday lives.

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The common core standard's purpose is to provide a framework of clear instructions and guidelines. As we allow our students to learn and think critically, we prepare them for college and careers. These standards have been adopted by states so that each student can obtain a valued education to be ready when they go out in the real world.

The Common Core Standards provide the guidelines and plans of learning instructions and the quality of our students’ work. It will help our students learn and prepare them for college and their future goals, whether they are careers or starting their own business. The state-led effort to develop the Common Core State Standards was launched in 2009 by state leaders, including governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia, through their membership in the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). State school chiefs and governors recognized the value of consistent, real-world learning goals. They launched this effort to ensure that all students graduate high school and prepare for college, career, and life regardless of where they live.

Discuss how differentiated instruction is an essential strategy for the CCSS Differentiated instruction is vital because it works and helps to bring together the Common Core Standards. Differential means effective teaching, which allows different students to learn many things, or content will learn the same thing in a classroom. It contains creative thinking, assessments, and data collected and looked over by the teachers. The teachers can use different methods for the students to learn, make sure the environment is safe and comfortable for all the students, and ensure that there is exclusive use for the Computers, Pads, websites, and anything else needed.

It differentiated strategies, tools, or activities that will support teachers in implementing the CCSS for mathematics.

  1. Games (ex. Duck, duck, goose for the younger kids, and
  2. Puzzles
  3. Memory & Matching
  4. Identify and support students who have a disability and may need more help.
  5. Hands-on activities will help the students get involved in creative thinking & problem solving the math, as the different types of pictures they see and know. The tools that can align with the CCS are puzzles, math activities, and anything else the teacher needs.

Differentiated strategies, tools, or activities will support teachers' implementation of the CCSS for the English language.

Teachers can have the students take turns reading aloud and pronounce the words correctly so that the other students will understand as much as they can if they are not proficient in English. Teachers can choose what they want to talk about

with the students. Then have them write a summary of what they just heard and discuss it within the group. They both build different skills like speaking and language skills for the students. The teachers can also build word skills to have the students repeat the word or sound it out. Also, have the spell the word, which is a skill for spelling the words.

Many different techniques can be used to teach but in the end, what works is a well-defined lesson plan that is tested, evaluated, and then improved.

© 2022 Dr Arthur Burton

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