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California teachers prepare for new approach to classroom learning

MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012 15:34 PM

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are set to change the way students learn in California, which, in turn, will transform educators’ approach to teaching.

California is slated to introduce the CCSS during the 2014-2015 academic year, The Modesto Bee reported. This means that teachers across the state are participating in workshops, training sessions and other opportunities that will enhance their knowledge of the new State Standards. For instance, instructors working within the Ceres Unified School District received one day of training. The CCSS will replace the framework that California schools have been following since 1997.

"With the old standards, kids are learning lots of little bits of information and then quickly forgetting them," Rick Bartkowski of the Stanislaus County Office of Education told the news source.

Bartkowski added that with the new Standards, educators will be teaching lessons for which there will not always be easy answers. As a result, students can focus on out-of-the-box thinking, as opposed to simply memorizing facts.

While the Common Core establish what students need to learn in the classroom, they are not designed to tell educators how they should teach, according to the CCSS’ website. The methods instructors use will be decided by schools and teachers on an individual basis.