Best Ways To Align Curriculum Maps for Common Core

Aligning Your Curriculum Maps for Common Core Mastery

The Common Core Standards reflect a major paradigm shift in the process by which students learn. For decades, instruction has been “a mile wide and an inch deep.” Teaching was all about exposing students to as much content as possible before the high stakes testing. The Common Core is constructed to facilitate the way students should learn – by mastering small skills one at a time. Since we know what skills are needed, they can be deconstructed into smaller targets. Students become proficient through scaffolded learning – one day at a time.


Just say NO to rote learning!

The Common Core Standards for Mathematics are a particular challenge for teachers when designing a curriculum map. What happens if your students have not mastered addition and subtraction? Do you move on to multiplication and division just because the map says so? It becomes quite clear that particularly in math, the importance of scaffolded learning should guide your instruction.

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