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October 3, 2013

CV-S hosting Common Core night

Parents, administrators dealing with changes

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The modules that came out were based upon 2020 fluency, which means that in 2020 students are expected to learn various “units” within a certain number of days. But, because the information students now need to know is more in depth than what was formerly taught, modules take more time to complete, about 35 days depending on how well the kids pick it up.

“Teachers have two jobs, to plan for instruction and to execute their instruction,” Crisman said.

With these new modules teachers can focus on teaching their students effectively without having to spend as much time planning for their lessons. Crisman called the modules a “roadmap” that explains what the expectations are for teachers and students.

There were changes made in the curriculum of both English language arts and mathematics.

One of the biggest shifts in the English language arts component is that students will read more nonfiction than before. Fifty percent of the students reading will be nonfiction texts that correlate with things they’re learning in science and history. The other half of their reading material will be the traditional literature texts that have been the primary focus in English classrooms until now.

“When you’re a reader there’s a different strategy for attacking nonfiction. Nonfiction is not generally easy reading,” Crisman said.

“We are teaching kids how to do both types of reading,” she continued.

Crisman said she is enthusiastic about children learning the skills and vocabulary they need to read nonfictional texts.

There were changes made to mathematics curriculum as well. One of the biggest changes at CV-S is that they will no longer offer the accelerated eighth grade algebra. But Keane said that the new curriculum is more challenging for their students so the students aren’t missing out.

“The reason we accelerate is to challenge students to be outside of their comfort zones,” Keane said.

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