Knowing Students Deeply and Meeting Higher Standards

Transitioning to the Common Core

Knowing Students Deeply and Meeting Higher Standards

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Darren Burris

Teachers are charged with a To-Do List so long that it takes more than 180 days to accomplish and some of the things on the list might include: ensure that all kids feel safe, learn all multiplication facts up to the 12’s with fluency, write an argument, design a bridge from Popsicle sticks, listen to the ideas of others when working in group, organize notes and belongings, etc.  I have been reminded lately that teaching is the art of doing all of these together creatively, intentionally, and passionately.  Without trying to tackle them all, I have seen teachers weave ways to know their students deeply into their lessons while at the same time meet the nearly 4 year old Massachusetts State Standards (that incorporate the Common Core State Standards).  Here are three brief snapshots of what I’ve witnessed over the last two days.

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