Nan Austin Blog
Posted by Nan Austin on October 16, 2014
Listening to an anti-Common Core speaker last week got me thinking about what has changed for our youngest students.
The speaker read a particularly jargon-filled section from the kindergarten math standards under Common Core, saying if parents could not understand what was being asked of youngsters, clearly it was not appropriate for their little ones.
That logic missed a step in assuming a guide for teachers would be as easy to read as FamilyFun magazine. But she made an intuitive point, so I looked up the Common Core State Standards in math for kindergartners and compared them to the old standards set in 1997.
Posted by Nan Austin on October 8, 2014
Math in every grade gets greater attention under Common Core. After years of drilling problem sets, teachers are being asked to help kids understand the logic, not just the arithmetic.
Posted by Nan Austin on October 1, 2014
In all the tumult over Common Core, one group has gotten little press: the teachers who did not have to retrain and start over, the ones just starting out.
Posted by Nan Austin on September 25, 2014
Read something naughty today – it’s Banned Book Week. There are plenty of good reads to choose from. I love them particularly because utter indignation got my budding readers to tackle the tough slog that turns learners to literates.
Posted by Nan Austin on September 18, 2014
WalletHub has judged Modesto the fifth-least-educated city in America. On the plus side, the quality of Modesto’s schools and colleges got a much higher rating.
Posted by Nan Austin on September 10, 2014
Are the hands-on projects and more student discussions promised under Common Core happening in your child’s class, and is your child doing well with the change? That’s the bottom line for parents, and an opportunity to find out is coming up with parent-teacher conferences, when you have the teacher’s full attention.
Posted by Nan Austin on September 3, 2014
A peek at museums 2.0 reveals a new mission for these institutions. In an online talk, Barry Joseph describes his work in education programs with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, starting with the idea that schools need to look far beyond giving every child a computer.