Common Core - The Sane Approach
While the controversy surrounding Common Core continues, it is being implemented now. Students have taken sample tests. They have been exposed to the higher order level thinking skills of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System Tests. It is important that students be prepared to do well on these tests by learning the higher order level thinking skills that the tests require.
Should we teach to the tests? No, double No!
What we should teach is the emphasis on understanding the relationships of information and not doing or trying to do rote memorization.
How to Help Your Student
Reading Comprehension – Your student needs to be able to read information and understand the relationships in the information. Just reading words is not comprehension. Have your student learn how to read well and interpret what is read well. Excellent reading comprehension skills are important in: fiction, non-fiction, math, social studies and science.
Math Comprehension – Your student needs to be able to read information and understand what the meaning is. Comprehension is very necessary in the reading of word problems. Students tend to struggle with these the most because they do not understand what the words are saying or asking them to do. The student’s actual computation needs to be excellent.
Keyboarding Skills – The tests are taken on a computer. Make sure your student’s skills are good.