Common Core

Six ways Common Core changes English and math classrooms

Before

Common Core

  1. English classes concentrated on literature, like Huckleberry Finn and Great Gatsby
English classes include a mix of literature and informational texts, like speeches and articles
  1. Students asked about personal reactions and experiences in response to literature
Students must base arguments and essays on evidence from the reading, not their own opinions or experiences
  1. Focus on offering students books at their reading level, known as “just right” texts
All students must read the same “complex” text, whether or not it’s beyond their reading level
  1. Math classes covered multiple topics in the course of a grade, with frequent reviews
The number of topics covered is reduced, so that students move through arithmetic, subtraction and other concepts more slowly; less review
  1. In many schools, Algebra I was taught by 8th grade
Algebraic concepts included earlier, but in most cases Algebra I not taught until high school
  1. Memorization of formulas and practice was prioritized
Memorization is supposed to be coupled with deeper understanding of math concepts and applying formulas in new ways

 

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