It’s that time of year when we are more aware of all the things for which we are thankful. I am certainly thankful that our school year has been off to a good start!
By now, you may have heard how schools are in the process of implementing the Common Core State Standards. These curriculum standards, which have been adopted in 46 states, require that our teachers shift their instruction in English and math to help students think critically, communicate more effectively, persevere through challenges, collaborate with others, and use technology resourcefully – all 21st Century skills!
Our teachers had a chance to experience such skills through a Marshmallow Challenge, which was just the first of many ways they are coming to understand the demands of Common Core. They have also had the opportunity to observe me teach a Close Reading lesson to 2nd grade students! Through professional readings, videos, collaborative discussions, and grade level planning, all of us have been learning together and trying on new instructional strategies that will help our students meet the new standards. So our students aren’t the only ones learning; we’re all lifelong learners!
I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and take the time to give thanks!