Sunday, March 25, 2012
Some Questions and a Belief
My Sunday slice is short; just a few comments and questions rolling around in my head about Common Core---
I have been reading about the Common Core on Twitter lately and I am trying to wrap my head around this idea of deconstructing text in the very intellectual way the writers of the standards expect our students to do. I don't know if it's just me, but I'm afraid I see a clinical dissection of text that leaves scant room for the emotions of the reader and writer. As a writer, I am passionate about what I write. I want my reader to be passionate about it as well. How does that passion fit into the Common Core? How do the emotions of readers connecting with well written text work with the new standards? I know I have a lot of work to do to better understand what my students and I are expected to know and be able to do independently at the end of a school year. As a workshop teacher, I feel better prepared to tackle the challenges given in the Common Core for which I am thankful. As long as I believe the individual needs of my students come first, regardless of what standards I am following, my students will be successful!