Thursday, July 12, 2012
Common Core Myths
I have been reading an article on myths surrounding Common Core (CCSS). The one that I found most interesting was pointing out that the push for integrating the content areas does not mean that traditional Language Arts classes will be taken over by content specific informational text. CCSS emphasizes an equal balance between literary and informational text. Additionally, CCSS is not just a new name for the same old stuff. It is TOTALLY different! The topics and content are still fairly similar, but the instructional strategies and level of rigor will change drastically. This includes a new common language of instruction based on common themes, evidence-based argument, cognitive demand, text complexity, and modeling (think-alouds).