Essay about A Call For Common Content

914 Words Aug 28th, 2014 4 Pages
So often teachers are gathered up each month to sign a paper, watch a PowerPoint and listen to someone spew the latest theory labeled as professional development. Having state oversight bodies oversee teacher preparation and development based on Common Core Curriculum would be refreshing. “In order to create a national system, we must begin with standards, then adopt curriculum and curriculum materials and then develop assessment – in that order.” (Koonce, 2014, p. 118) If resources were spent on teachers to address, create, assess and coach Common Core Standards this would be true professional development.
In addition to developing the standards we also need to develop the teachers who must have mastery of the standard they are
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The students are to track the time they used for research, development of the story, character creation and production as well as track the cost for materials to develop a budget. Once the animation is complete the student will have worked on cross-curricular standards that included English, math and animation.
When students are working on cross-curricular assignments they understand that it is of more importance. Moreover, they are more excited to show the work they have completed in their other classes. What may drive the cross-curricular projects home are the presentations of the work to the group and the field trips to support our academy effort. Last week all three teachers and twelve students attended Comic Con in San Diego. This allowed the students to see their teachers excited about the learning process and showcase the world of digital media arts on a large platform.
“The curriculum guides we seek would offer a practical road map for achieving the goals set by standards in the limited instructional time available to teachers.” (Koonce, 2014, p. 117) Our academy uses the Common Core Standards as the road map to frame our cross-curricular lesson. The results I have seen are students who are challenging themselves and each other to not only reach the standard but to achieve quality work. With each lesson, my students are challenging each other to have their work on a website, presented at a board meeting, entered into a competition or

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