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The following resources provide teachers with tools to reflect on their growth as they learn to implement the Common Core State Standards.

In English Language Arts/Literacy:

 Teachers can begin doing these things now:

  • Begin to incorporate more informational text
  • Incorporate into instruction more text-dependent questions that require students to read a text closely to determine what it says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it
  • Have students read more non-fiction and complex texts
  • Encourage questioning, discussion and explanation of thinking
  • Focus writing instruction substantially on writing to inform and structure an argument, not only writing stories
  • Create assignments with real-world application 

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Teachers can begin doing these things now:

  • Discuss the mathematical practices and discuss what evidence of student demonstrations of these practices might inform your instructional designs and activities
  • Focus instruction more on the few key topics emphasized in each grade in the standards
  • Emphasize problem-solving and real-world application 

CLICK HERE > For more Mathematics Resources


Visit English and Math classrooms who have already begun to adapt to the new Common Core Standards. See what changes teachers are making in their practice to adapt to the new standards.

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