The Miracle of Our Minds

I am inspired by the powerful messages shared in the video below.  This was the first email I read this morning as a Top Story: Classroom Habitudes by Angela Maier.

As I reflect on what is shared, I am empowered by the opportunities we have to team together and collaborate to lead our students’ towards increased success.  At Hedges School, we think about the problems we have differently… an opportunity to learn. We are committed to finding positive solutions to the challenges we face.  It takes a team and I am grateful for ours!

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Random Thoughts: Common Core Standards…What do I think?

Consistency and explicit expectations provide students a clear path to meet and exceed educational standards.

My teaching career has been an exciting journey as I have had the opportunity to lead as an educator in three different states and five different grade levels.  Needless to say, when I learned about the implementation of the Common Core Standards, I was grateful for the consistency and clarity. Although it has taken a little time to thoroughly unwrap each standard and align our own teaching tools and curriculum to guide students on their journey toward mastery, there is a collective understanding among educators, students, and parents about what students need to know and be able to do. When considering ELA Reading Standards,

Hollenbeck & Saternus (2013) suggest the standards outline a vision of what it means to be a literate person in the 21st century.  “Students who meet the Standards readily undertake the close, attentive reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying complex works of literature” (p. 558).

As I was revising my Chapter One this weekend, I found the video below.  It provides a simple explanation of the why behind our Common Core Standards.

Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards from CGCS Video Maker on Vimeo.