Educators talk about Common Core
The new Common Core curriculum for teachers has set a national standard of what children should learn in each grade and it has faced some criticism.
The Core Common Curriculum is under attack for misunderstandings, Maryland Teacher of the Year and Towson Alum Rhonda Holmes-Blankenship said at the Maryland Education Teacher Summit on Oct. 11.
“Teachers are overwhelmed with the policies and the changes,” she said. “The implementation of this isn’t as sequential as we would have hoped. We have to communicate with each other and understand these challenges.”
Holmes-Blankenship said that over time you get to know how to teach using the curriculum and you hone your intuition.
“What I have noticed is novice teachers and student teachers want to follow a script,” she said. “I think that the greatest potential for technology that I see is it can make differentiation of instruction easier.”
Gov. Martin O’ Malley said that he doesn’t see the common core standards and creativity in the classroom as mutually exclusive.
“One of the greatest advancements that opens up so many possibilities is technology,” he said. “People graduating today have a greater understanding that we’re all in this together.”
University System of Maryland Chancellor William Kirwan said there needs to be more research on teaching to learn how implementing these standards works best.
“In higher education we’re very good at creating 1,000s of points of light… we don’t scale up,” he said. “What I’m curious about is are we doing enough serious research about what works in the classroom with students and then scaling it up.”
Holmes-Blankenship said that there is varying implementation of the standards from district to district.
“If you give me standards I need the autonomy to do that with my students,” she said.