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Tampa teacher cheers on Common Core

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Common Core Standards, that have been a hot topic for years, will be in full force in Hillsborough County classrooms next year. This year teachers will continue to ease students into the new world.

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Dawn Norris, a teacher at Monroe Middle School, has been using Common Core Standards in her classroom for the last four years.

"It's a good thing. It's a really good thing," she said.

She places goals that align with Common Core on her wipe board every day. Norris says the standards prepare her students for more real world reading.

"My students are able to see what they need to know by the end of the year, end of the day, end of the week," Norris said. "They really analyze the informational text now."

According to the Hillsborough County Schools website, the definition of Common Core Standards is a little vague. The standards:

  • Are aligned with college and workforce expectations;
  • Are clear, understandable and consistent;
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order skills;
  • Are benchmarked to standards in other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
  • Are based on research
  • Norris says it boils down to two things: critical thinking and goal setting. Florida is just one of 45 states taking on the standards.

    "Being so close to MacDill, we get a lot of transfer students," Norris said. "We have a lot of students that come in in the middle of the year, or they might come in at the end of the year, and I know that with Common Core all of my students have common goal and objectives. If a student comes from Baltimore or Boston or wherever, they're going to be learning at the same pace my kids are learning here."

    Not everyone's happy about the change. It's caused a political firestorm, with republicans wanting education to be mandated at the state and local, not national, level. Hillsborough County School Board Members have voiced their concerns as well. Norris assures parents, though, that it's for the best.

    "It's made us better as teachers and it will make them better and more prepared as students."

    For more information on what a common core classroom looks like, click here for the Teaching Channel.

     

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