Mary Eldredge-Sandbo: N.D. Teachers of the Year support Common Core
BISMARCK -- North Dakota is known for its outstanding education, and our students always have been taught to high standards. The Common Core State Standards for mathematics and English/language arts provide direction to further ensure that every ...
BISMARCK -- North Dakota is known for its outstanding education, and our students always have been taught to high standards. The Common Core State Standards for mathematics and English/language arts provide direction to further ensure that every North Dakota graduate will be ready for college or a career.
As our world changes, the requirements and expectations of high school graduates also are changing. Whether starting a career, trade school or college, North Dakota graduates must be prepared to solve new problems with creativity, analyze complex situations with precision, communicate and collaborate effectively and make well-informed decisions.
The Common Core explicitly describes the skills and knowledge that students need to be well-equipped to start the next phases of their lives.
The Common Core also provides consistency across most states so that if students move, they still will learn the same skills and information. This consistency also will make it easier for teachers to learn with each other and solve problems together.
As the Common Core comes into practice, activities will be more interactive, and students will be even more involved with their learning. And while the Common Core provides direction, the standards still allow the creative, common-sense approach to education typical of North Dakota classrooms.
These standards serve as a guide to ensure that we are providing every student in North Dakota an education that best prepares them for success from kindergarten to high school to college or career.
The state assessments also will align with the Common Core and provide feedback on whether students are on track to college and career readiness.
To find accurate information about the Common Core, a good place to start is the Department of Public Instruction website (which features helpful links) and, of course, Herald readers' local schools.
Every year, thousands of teachers across the state put tremendous effort into providing an outstanding education for every student in the classroom. North Dakota teachers will continue to bring dedication, creativity and expertise to our practice as we implement the Common Core and make learning even more compelling, rigorous and meaningful.
The authors all are winners of the North Dakota Teacher of the Year award.
In this note, the year of each writer's award is listed after her name.
Eldredge-Sandbo, 2010, teaches at Des Lacs-Burlington High School in Des Lacs, N.D. Werner, 2012, is an associate professor of education at the University of Mary in Bismarck.
Koble, 2002, teaches at Minot High School. Srock, 2007, teaches at Bel Air Elementary in Minot. Rasmussen, 2008, teaches at Westside Elementary in West Fargo.
And Toavs, 2011, teaches at Culbertson High School in Culbertson, Mont.