Education Expert Releases Five Classroom Trends for Parents in Response to Gallup Data on the Common Core
Christopher Coyne, senior education consultant at Marshall Cavendish Education, and a 30-year veteran teacher and principal, said parents should expect to see at least five changes in schools across the U.S. in 2013 and 2014:
“1. New techniques for teaching math: The Common Core State Standards will focus less on memorization while encouraging students to develop strong critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. These new methods of learning math will, in some ways, look much different from how parents learned math.
2. Management of expectations: The assessments to measure student achievement will make it difficult to compare student performance year-over-year. Education leaders will be reaching out to parents this school year to make sure they understand how the changes will impact their children’s test scores next year.
3. New resources aligned with the Common Core State Standards: As schools throughout the country go through the textbook adoption process to ensure classroom materials are fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards, they will have access to the latest educational resources to deploy into classrooms.
4. Increased use of technology: Apps, tablets and smart boards are becoming standard in American classrooms, and blended learning programs are becoming a popular way to implement the new standards. Digital learning curricula, such as Marshall Cavendish Education’sMath Buddies program, offer schools an opportunity to get the latest updates to educational resources that would otherwise mean major investment in traditional textbook programs. For parents, this means their children will have greater access to technology, including computer labs.
5. A greater emphasis on teacher preparation: The new standards offer an opportunity for the most seasoned educator to learn new teaching tools in his or her area of focus. As a result, the 2013-2014 school year will be a time for teachers and school districts to heighten focus on in-service days and provide in-class professional development to ensure educators are prepared.
“Parents should never hesitate to ask questions about this new process and how they can best support their children as the Common Core are implemented,” said Coyne. “This is a great opportunity for schools and parents to work together to make this time of transition a launch for greater student achievement.””