This week, we wrote about implementing the Common Core. As our Friday Favorite this week, we refer you back to our May 9th post titled A Focus on Results Rather Than Means.
In sending you back to this post, we urge you to think about the Common Core’s statement that this document isn’t meant to tell you how to teach, it’s meant simply to convey what students need to learn. We encourage you to revisit this contradictory idea. In A Focus on Results Rather Than Means, we urged educators to closely read the Common Core document, which we hope you’ve been doing along with us. In this post and subsequent posts, we suggest that in spite of the Common Core’s explicit statement that the standards are “results rather than means” focused, the achievement goals outlined in the standards imply some of what we will need to adjust or change in order to achieve the results set forth by these standards.
Based upon your close readings of the Common Core and your thoughts about results vs. means, what implications do you see for your instruction? Where do you see the Common Core address instruction? What do you think you will do differently this school year? What will you need to know to help your students achieve the goals outlined in these standards?