When the common core first came out, a lot of people thought everything had to be a cold read and teachers could no longer pre teach material. We knew that was wrong! What else is myth of common core?
What other myths surround this initiative? Some parents think the standards say literature no longer has a place in literature classes. Not so! A deeper reading of the exemplars found in Appendix B (corestandards.org) show many of the classic literary texts are on the list. The Exemplars are simply guides and examples, not curriculum directives.
The next myth is that teachers should instruct at frustration levels. Our teachers have been very successful by teaching your students at levels that do not frustrate them. Students continue to grow in the curriculum without further falling behind. Additionally, the idea that instructing students at only easy texts in order to improve reading has never been validated by research. Teachers should use easier, grade level, and challenging texts throughout instruction.
Online CCSS supports
¨ Center for K-12 assessment http://www.k12center.org (click assessment
¨ Reading- http://isbe.net/common_core/pdf/elawebsites.pdf
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.