Ohio Adopts Common Core Standards

Ohio Adopts Common Core Standards

Teachers all over Ohio are peeking at the new Ohio Common Core Standards (CCS) to be adopted in 2014. While a few teachers stretch and yawn, thinking they have 2 years to implement these standards, most teachers are readying for change. The standards will transform the teaching strategy for Ohio teachers once again, and it could be for the best. The new standards seem to flow from grade to grade, unlike our current set of standards, and teachers are excited about the potential for the over-arching ideas to engage more students.

From kindergarten to high school, the new standards emphasize research. The smallest students will be challenged to ask questions and find answers. Students and teachers will work toward scaffolding research skills grade level after grade level. The old concept of the “big paper” isn’t completely lost toward the end, but teachers will be encouraged to allow the students’ self inquiry to drive the research topics rather than to impose a topic on the students. Most teachers welcome this idea, but a few old-school teachers reject the concept. The old-fashioned teachers wonder how they’ll grade a paper written on a topic foreign to them, and they query whether or not the topics will be “academic enough.”

Another new and exciting concept becomes apparent as we glance at the CCS charts. Students on the high school level are no longer freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. They are 9-10 graders, and then they are 11-12th graders. Many experts have proposed that the linear design of our educational system inhibits many students’ progress. For example, the students who are interested in math and want to take more of it shouldn’t be held back simply because they haven’t completed all the standards in English. Hopefully, schools will take advantage of the less linear design to invent a way to engage our Ohio students. The CCS chart shows great potential to allow our high schoolers to grow at their own rate.

Every set of standards presents a different challenge, but it is becoming more and more evident that we need to engage students. This year in the United States, the Department of Education projects one million students will drop out of high school. Teachers, parents, and administrators note that we often keep the struggling students, but the brightest students drop out. Parents tell us their children are bored in school, and administrators can no longer simply argue, “It’s school, not entertainment.” Education’s new mantra needs to be, “It’s learning, so it’s not boring.”

Curriculum writers need to create assignments that will inspire learning. In Ohio, school work needs to grab our students’ interest. The new standards propose to engage students, and most teachers welcome the opportunity for change.

Written by: Tami Absi

We will read your comment immediately so leave a remark!

RSS Guardian Express

  • Autism and the Challenges of Easter April 18, 2014
    For most families living with an autistic loved one, everyday holds certain demands. Holidays, like Easter, provide even further challenges for those with autism. The traditions most people take for granted must be approached from a unique perspective. Zack, who is 11 years old, is moderate to high-functoning on the Autism Spectrum. He loves the […]
    Stacy Lamy
  • Peaches Geldof Funeral Arrangements Shared April 18, 2014
    The funeral arrangements for Peaches Geldof have been shared by her family. It will be a private funeral on Easter Monday (April 21), and will be held in the same church as her mother’s funeral. St. Mary Magdalene and St. Lawrence Church in Davington is also the same church that the 25-year-old socialite married and […]
    Alexandria Ingham
  • Game of Thrones Spoilers Ruining the Experience? April 18, 2014
    Sharing spoilers of Game of Thrones is ruining the experience for some people. They do not want to know what happens in the episodes before they get a chance to see it themselves. The issue reached its peak so far this week after many publications started sharing the events of the “Purple Wedding” just after […]
    Alexandria Ingham
  • Game of Thrones Spoilers Lead to Arguments Online April 18, 2014
    The internet has been surrounded with Game of Thrones spoilers this week that include the death of a certain character, and it has led to arguments online. Many people who have not read the books or seen the episode yet have gotten annoyed at publications for sharing the details of the character’s death, and even […]
    Alexandria Ingham
  • Miley Cyrus Hits Out at Hospital Rumors April 18, 2014
    Miley Cyrus has hit out at rumors suggesting her recent trip to hospital was due to her partying ways. A number of publications decided to jump on the idea that the 21-year-old was out partying in a way to get over the recent death of her dog, Floyd. In a statement, which she linked to […]
    Alexandria Ingham

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 626 other subscribers

Quantcast