How Has Teaching Changed Over Time?
Adapting to students' individual differences
The Common Core State Standards have changed the way we teach our children. Several states have implemented them in part, while others have not. However, they remain controversial, and have been the subject of numerous complaints.
The Common Core was designed to give students a more solid foundation for success in the workplace. It is based on rigorous content, a focus on critical thinking, and higher order skills. These standards are research-based, and are aligned with college and career expectations.
Although some schools have had success with implementing the standards, there are still questions. Many teachers have questioned whether the Common Core is actually working.
During the implementation of the Common Core, many districts had trouble providing the necessary resources to implement the new curriculum. Moreover, there were fewer resources available for teacher preparation.
The federal No Child Left Behind Act required the testing of standards. This widened achievement gaps, and created new failure categories. In the first three years, nearly one-third of seniors failed a math test, and over 60 percent of graduating seniors did not pass a reading test.
The Common Core Standards have also raised questions about the mix of mandated readings. Some teachers have reported that they are using the standards to deepen their lessons.
Inquiry- and project-based learning