Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Accessing the standards, part of Common Core: Exploring K-12 Standards.
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When it comes to accessing the Common Core, the best place place to start is corestandards.org. Here at the Core Center's website, you have some basic information about the Common Core Standards themselves. Plus you have the ability to view the standards as well as download the standards. To get started, let's go and click on the Standards tab at the top. Here I have the ability to go in and view mathematic standards as well as the English language arts. And literacy standards. If I would like have a copy on my computer, I can also click the link directly below to download a PDF version of this standards.
Now the way the standards look online, as well as in the PDF is very different. We'll go ahead and take a look at both versions, so that you can know what you want to use for your classroom. As we get started with looking at the standards, there's a few things to keep in mind. One of the benefits to having a nation wide curriculum, are that resources your develop for your classroom can be used by educators across the country. It's important then that we know how to denote what standard is which. In fact, there's a whole section called the CCS official identifiers and meta data project. We can access this from the standards webpage by clicking on a link on the right hand side.
As an educator there's two things we need to know about writing Common Core Standards. One is called. notation this is where we're going to use periods to separate out acronyms to properly identify and point to a particular standard. The second one is called the dereferenceable uniform resource identifier or URI. Essentially this is the web address link that points to the individual standard. Both of these are considered acceptable practice, and as you're writing your own lesson plans and trying to point to certain Common Core State Standards inside of your lesson plan, you can choose to use either form. The Common Core is a spiraled curriculum.
What that means is it's designed to be a holistic approach to student education. What a student learns in kindergarten is going to impact what they learn in 12th grade. As an educator I can no longer be concerned with just what I'm teaching my kids in my grade level, but I need to understand what that student should have learned prior to coming to my class. When I'm viewing the PDF document of the Common Core, I can see it's showing me the spiral nature of it. For example, here I'm looking at the 5th grade English language arts standards. I can see that in 3rd grade, students had to learn certain items under key ideas and details.
They should have also learned certain crafts and structures, and then they also have integration of knowledge and ideas. When they get to 4th grade, those main areas stay the same, but the individual content inside each area changes slightly. And then all the way in 5th grade, they've built upon those two previous years, and students should now be performing at a different level. If I'm a 5th grade teacher, I need to take a look at what my students should have learned in 4th grade, as well as 3rd grade, to make sure I'm properly giving them their level of education. As we move through the standards, please keep this in mind. I'll be showing you specific grades and specific contents.
But as an educator, you need to take the time to go back and figure out everything your student should have learned prior to coming into your classroom.
- Introducing the Common Core State Standards
- Reading the standards
- Understanding mathematic practice standards
- Exploring ELA/literacy standards
- Reading and communicating ideas for technical subjects
- Teaching with the Common Core Standards