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Common Core Standards and Classroom Practice

How will teachers that used the State Standards as their guide adjust their classroom practice to meet the new standards? Now that Math and English Language Arts Common Core Standards have been adopted in states all over the country, teachers are working to refine their practice to meet the goals as outlined in the Common Core documents.  Common Core Standards are similar to the state standards, but there are differences.

Here are some differences to consider :

In Mathematics

1. Deep Focus vs. Wide Focus. The Common Core Standards focus on fewer topics but in greater depth. For example,  number sense in the elementary concentrates more on arithmetic and less on geometry. Some topics, like the calendar are not included at all, and there are no standards for data and statistics until sixth grade.  Understanding will be key as they move on to…

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