Eye on Education

The Common Core is a “180″ From How Teachers Were Taught

Ohio is one of 45 states that fully adopted the Common Core, a new set of standards for what students should know and be able to do in English and math.

Our StateImpact colleagues report that one of the biggest changes the new standards will bring is an emphasis on teaching students underlying concepts, not just the formula for how to reach an answer. And that’s going to be a challenge for some teachers.

Teachers said it will be a big change, and one that will require more preparation on their part. They said they’ll have to think on their feet more, too, identifying and choosing students who discovered answers in different ways for class discussions.

“Anything you were comfortable doing as a kid and the procedures that you learned, it’s the complete opposite of that,” [teaching coach Cynthia] Crim said of Common Core’s effect on math. “It’s a 180 from how we were taught.”

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