A look inside the common core classroom; 25 year veteran teacher works to implement new standards

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 11:41pm

Tuesday Morning saw Kindergarten teacher Karen Parrino teaching her students about density. It's a complicated concept for the four and five year-olds, but one that fits in to the common core standards, and one that her class caught on to well.

"Overall my students are doing very well, the standards are working fine for me," explained Parrino.

But not every one in Louisiana is excited about using the common core standards in our classrooms. The standards force Louisiana’s kids to meet the same education markers as their peers in other states. Milestones some feel ask too much of our students and ascribe to a ‘one-size-fits-all’ teaching model. Those sentiments are something Parrino says just isn't the case in her classroom.

"They’re (students) meeting it, exceeding it, and I am blown away by just how much learning is taking place," explained Parrino.

The difference with common core is that there is also no set text for teachers and educators to work from. Each district and teacher is supposed to develop their own curriculum.

"I am able to select my literature and I am able to research and look at different literature and I am able to bring it in to my students based on their interests are. So for me it's been a very positive thing," said Parrino.

Parrino said for her kids, implementing the common core standards have worked just fine, despite what some people may think.

"I am always amazed at what my students come up with. They have risen to meet every challenge that I’ve given them while still loving to learn," explained Parrino.

The board of elementary and secondary education decided back in 2010 to slowly start implementing the common core standards. The board has continued to make small changes to the process and expectations as implementation continues.

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