The Common Core emphasizes critical thinking. It requires students to analyze more, discuss more, evaluate more, justify more and explain their thinking & understanding deeply, especially in writing. Take-Away: Really thinking deeply is hard. Let it BE hard, help them talk it out. The Common Core emphasizes proof & evidence. Long gone are the days of worksheets, fact memorizations and skill & drill. Students are not taught this way and they are not assessed this way. Take-away: The new tests will require students to explain how they know. The Common Core emphasizes learning across disciplines (reading with math & social studies standards combined into one task). Students spend more time working together with different settings, structures & tools. Take-Away: Problems & solutions happen everyday in the real world. Integrating Learning Thinking Deeply Showing How They Know
Here is what you can do at home 1 Ask *why* when children tell you they want something or want to do or not do something. 2 Use the word *because* after “No” or “Not tonight…” 3 Give reasons--you to them and them to you. 4 Encourage questions & explore answers (especially questions whose answers are not yes or no.) 5 Explain & discuss issues or problems in your house, neighborhood, & community. Brainstorm solutions. 6 Compare how things are alike and different-videos, movies, food. 7 Look for patterns 8 Describe & categorize stuff. 9 Tell your children what you value & why.