Give the Common Core Modules a Shot
- Author: Anonymous, Teacher
- Date: December 3 at 12:25 am ET
I was approached by a student in my school building who was more than excited to tell me about his new writing assignment. “I can’t wait to read you my story about my adventure to the Great Wall of China!” This second grade student has not recently visited China, but he has been learning about Asian Civilization in his second grade classroom. He is a struggling reader but that doesn’t affect his excitement for learning new things.
Many parents, teachers, and members of the community have expressed their concerns with the new Common Core Curriculum, and more specifically the Modules. Many have argued that that they aren’t age appropriate and the students are “never going to understand”. Before the new curriculum is rejected, while parents and teachers tell their children it isn’t important or it doesn’t matter, consider what would happen if it was alternatively embraced. If the standards are embraced by teachers and parents, if students are told positives instead of negatives, the results may surprise you.
With any new curriculum, there is always a risk of judging or putting too much confidence towards the initial research findings. Before getting discouraged, consider that the information will help students in their future. Students learn best when they are motivated, interested, and enjoy what they are doing with teachers who show the same enthusiasm. The curriculum requires more commitment from teachers and parents, but by bashing the content, especially in front of the students, you are implying that school, learning, and reading doesn’t matter!