As Schools Adapt to Common Core, What Should Be Taken Off Teachers' Plates?

As Schools Adapt to Common Core, What Should Be Taken Off Teachers' Plates?

Teachers in many states face a daunting challenge as they work to integrate the Common Core State Standards into their instruction and curricula. The task requires educators to adjust some methodologies, find and incorporate new materials, and adapt to new expectations for how student demonstrate their learning.

What, in your view, could school systems take off your plate to help you focus more on your instructional priorities in connection with the new standards (or other pressing teaching initiatives)? What institutionally entrenched policies or other aspects of your job get in the way? What responsibilities could policymakers or administrators feasibly shift away from teachers during this transition? How could schools create more time for teachers to work together to align instruction and address student learning needs?

While some burdens could be eased off teachers, better time management must be a part of discussing common-core implementation.


Here's a list of ways that policymakers and schools can ease the transition to the common core and make implementation meaningful for children and their teachers.


The common standards are supposed to allow for in-depth teaching, but test pressures keep instruction shallow.


It's no wonder many educators are uneasy about the transition to the Common Core State Standards. In many schools, teachers have been left to cross this divide themselves.


If we respect teachers as masters of their craft, then we should trust them to create their own assessments to measure student learning and progress.


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