Common Core Standards
How Do We Reach High Common Core Standards
in a CHILD’S GARDEN—Kindergarten?
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We create beautiful, organized, language-intensive environments that are emotionally safe and noncompetitive. We have high expectations. We weave the educational arts into all areas of curriculum. Our children develop friendships. They learn to make choices and are involved in meaningful projects. As educators we are reflective, continuously learning how to provide the scaffolding needed for every child to build on success, every day. We teach systematically, intentionally and intuitively. We take advantage of how the brain learns best – and we save time for serendipity.
We designed this CCSS logo to reflect our vision of implementing
Common Core State Standards within a framework of:
- Joyful, meaning-centered learning—rich in music, drama, Sign Language, and the arts
- An understanding that kindergarten learning is active and social
- Strong and respectful “Parents as Partners” connections
- A concern for the physical and emotional wellbeing of children and a commitment to imparting positive learning attitudes and beliefs that will help each child do well in school—and in life.
As educators we can choose to spoon-feed our children or we can develop self-regulated learners who are motivated to do quality work. We can choose to create a joyful learning community where kindness, responsibility, and caring are intrinsic parts of the learning process. Years later, children will carry the memories of splendid teachers who believed in them and taught them to work hard to reach their goals, teachers who instilled a passion for learning through wise, playful, and loving relationships.
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Common Core State Standards
Pathways to Common Core Standards
The book will especially help you implement the CCSS in ways that strengthen student-centered, deeply interactive approaches to literacy, approaches that invite students to live richly literate lives, using reading and writing to pursue goals of personal and social significance. (2)
Now, in these new standards, the emphasis on writing standards is parallel to and equal to the emphasis on reading, and furthermore, one can’t help but think that reading will be assessed through writing, making writing even more critical. (10)
…Common Core is, above all, a call for accelerating students’ literacy development…The most important reforms that a school system can make will be those that involve creating systems that support continuous improvement of instruction and increased personal and shared accountability for raising levels of student achievement. (14) Read entire article.
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