The Role of CIRLI in Implementing the Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are designed to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are “designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers” (www.corestandards.org).
Involving students as active learners engaged in critically analyzing real life issues dovetails perfectly with the skills and goals of the CCSS. CIRLI assignments across disciplines can very effectively target the essential CCSS skills of ANALYSIS, RESEARCH AND WRITING in real world context. CIRLI assignments and activities readily meet CCSS Anchor standards including:
In creating standards based lessons, teachers demonstrate best practice when they start with the standards then build objectives, assignments and assessments that show student progress toward and ultimate achievement of target skills and knowledge. The following samples show this alignment not only to standards but to the CIRLI model’s support of such best practice lessons.
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