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CCSS to help teachers better recognize students’ learning needs

MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012 16:04 PM

As Louisiana is among the states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), school districts, such as Rapides Parish, are currently in the process of preparing for this education initiative, the Alexandria Town Talk reported.

During the 2013-2014 academic year, Rapides Parish’s kindergarten and first-grade classes will transition to the CCSS, while the rest of the district is expected to have the new Standards fully implemented by the 2014-2015 school year. As a result, educators are preparing for a new approach to teaching, which includes seeing each student in a new light.

"It’s going to require a tremendous re-education of our existing staff," Gary L. Jones, Rapides’ superintendent, told the news source.

Jones explained that in the past, teachers were expected to assume the role of a classroom manager, whose job it was to make sure everybody was learning material at the same time. Now, instructors will enter the classroom knowing that each student is unique. What works for one pupil may not apply to his or her classmate.

According to the CCSS’ website, the initiative clearly defines what students need to learn before they graduate, but not how they should acquire this knowledge. This allows teachers to become creative in their approach to helping their pupils pick up the knowledge and skills they will need throughout their lives.