7 CCSS Views of Teachers: Teachers are you blushing?

You, as a professional teacher, know more about your students and your community than anyone writing standards could ever know. And the authors of the Common Core State Standards know this. In fact, they acknowledge it specifically in seven places in the ELA Standards. Let me quote the places where the standards encourage you to use your expertise.

Teacher descriptions from the CCSS-ELA Standards

  • Experts. p. 2 “Literacy standards are predicated on teachers of ELA, history/social studies, science and technical subjects using their content area expertise to help students meet the particular challenges of reading, wiring, speaking, listening and language in their respective areas.”
  • Professional and Experienced. p. 4. “Teachers are thus free to provide students with whatever tools and knowledge their professional judgment and experience identify as most helpful for meeting the goals set out in the standards.”
  • Self-Directed. p. 6 “The Standards define what all students are expected to know and be able to do, not how teachers should teach.”
  • Trustworthy. p. 6 “A great deal is left to the discretion of teachers and curriculum developers.”
  • Teacher descriptions from the ELA Appendix A

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  • Professional, experienced, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. p. 4. Talking about selecting texts based on “reader and task considerations”: “Such assessments are best made by teachers employing their professional judgment, experience, and knowledge of their students and the subject.”
  • Independent and Trustworthy. p. 9. Elaborating on the Reader and Task Considerations: “Conversely, teachers who have had success using particular texts that are easier than those required for a given grade band should feel free to continue to use them so long as the general movement during a given school year is toward texts of higher levels of complexity.”
  • Trustworthy. p. 23. Talking about creative writing in the CCSS curriculum:
    “The narrative category does not include all of the possible forms of creative writing, such as many types of poetry. The Standards leave the inclusion and evaluation of other such forms to teacher discretion.”
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