What is Common Core Teaching?
The common core teaching is a form of teaching which prepares school students for both college and workplace at the same time. It provides skills to students for achieving success in college and at the workplace. Thus it does a two in one job. Teachers give attention to both college and professional life of the student. Therefore, this method of teaching ensures that students have the skills they need. The students can apply these skills to college in addition to work-place by the time they pass high school.
Teaching according to Common Core Standards
Common core teaching requires the use of some different strategies because traditional teaching methods do not work here. Following are some important common core teaching strategies:
1. Text-Dependent Questions Strategy
Here students answer some questions and these are made text dependent. This helps the students in better understanding the concept. In this strategy, students must not answer these questions from their previous knowledge. Students must use evidence from the texts because they must answer after understanding the texts. The students get a deep understanding of text because of text-dependent questions.
2. Vocabulary Graphic Organizer Strategy
Here students build a proper understanding of vocabulary words in different types of ways. Here the students use a graphic organizer to get in touch with new words. The students make use of the graphic organizer and the teachers help them with it. The students must complete this graphic designer by the use of vocabulary and the teacher must assist them with it.
3. Chalk-Talk Strategy
The students form new ideas from this strategy. The students reflect upon background knowledge and check their understanding of the information. A student has to remain silent and use the chalk to answer the question put forward by the teacher. Here they use pictures and symbols and the students have to assess this information. The student must think deeply about the given information.
4. Give One-Get One Strategy
This strategy equally encourages students to use academic language among themselves. Here the students are put in a safe environment to practice using language. The students take risks here but at the same time are also held responsible for mistakes.
5. Numbered Heads Strategy
The students get equal opportunities to think, share, discuss, debate. It happens in a supportive classroom environment with the use of this strategy. Teachers use this strategy due to many reasons like responding to information, problem-solving, checking information. Here the students share equal responsibility. The teachers divide students into groups of three or four and after that, make some problems or questions to pose to the groups.
6. Chunking Strategy
Here the division of difficult texts takes place into simpler easy parts and so a student increases his confidence. The teacher divides the text into smaller parts and this allows the students to understand the text more clearly. The students observe the thinking of teachers and bring these strategies into their own work.
7. Preserver in Solving Problem Strategy
Many students tend to rush to solve a given problem. This is a bad thing because the students fail to understand the basic concept. The students lack the patience to spend time on carefully understanding a concept and then face trouble when more complicated problems come up. A student should get more open-ended questions. A student who answers open-ended questions tends to focus on underlying concepts. They do not go straight for solutions. As such perseverance is very important in solving problems.