Monthly Archives: June 2012

Common Core Standards and Project Based Learning

As I study the Common Core Standards, I see how crucial it is that we move to Project Based Learning in our schools. No longer, can students be expected to simply memorize facts for a test on Friday, they need to be able to argue, defend, provide evidence, create, collaborate, think critically, and publish their work.

Teachers need to plan lessons and design learning opportunities for students where they have choice and voice. My goal this year has been to share the idea of Menus with teachers from K4-High School.

Here are some examples of Menus that teachers have created.

Khan Academy has even created videos and lessons for Common Core Standards. Check these out.

5 Things Teachers Should Do to Meet the Common Core Standards:

1. Lead High-Level, Text-Based Discussions

2. Focus on Process, Not Just Content

3. Create Assignments for Real Audiences and with Real Purpose

4. Teach Argument, Not Persuasion

5. Increase Text Complexity

Read more in this article by Lauren Davis. 5 Things Every Teacher………Common Core Standards