The GSE standards emphasize critical thinking. They require students to analyze more, discuss more, evaluate more, justify more, and explain their thinking and understanding deeply, especially in writing.
Really thinking deeply is hard. Let it BE hard, help them talk it out.
The GSE standards emphasize learning across disciplines (reading with math and social studies standards combined into one task). Students spend more time working together with different settings, structures, and tools. Problems and Solutions happen everyday in the real world.
Showing How They Know
The GSE standards emphasize proof and evidence. Worksheets, fact memorizations, and skill and drill are not a best practice of education like in days past. Students are not taught this way and are not assessed this way. The new tests will require students to explain how they know.
Support At Home
-Ask "why" when children tell you they want something or want to do or not do something.
-Use the word "because" after "no" or "not tonight..."
-Give reasons - you to them and them to you.
-Encourage questions and explore answers (especially questions whose answers are yes or no).
-Explain and discuss issues or problems in your house, neighborhood, and community. Brainstorm solutions.
-Compare how things are alike and different - video games, movies, food
-Look for patterns
-Describe and categorize stuff.
-Tell your children what you value and why.
-Encourage and celebrate opinions.
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Ms. Heather Welch is the Curriculum Support Teacher at New Prospect Elementary in Alpharetta, GA.