SPRINGVILLE—First impressions don’t always tell the whole truth, and during the May 27 Springville-Griffith Institute board meeting, teachers were singing a different Common Core story.
Representatives from math and English language arts presented their preliminary feelings on the New York state curriculum modules now that they have been practicing them in the classroom.
The teachers said that the rollout was a little messy and before they got proper training they weren’t excited to teach the new curriculum. After attending several workshops and being able to discuss with other teachers across the district, they found the modules to be helpful.
Math teachers agreed that their students were getting excited to learn math and the new curriculum is more interactive. They also said that the curriculum was student driven, which helps the students get better invested in learning.
The English language arts teachers said the training workshops helped them to speak with other teachers in the district and see how the curriculum builds off the previous grade. Learning why they are teaching certain things helps them to better understand the modules.
They also explained that students who might not have been excited about writing have now changed their opinion, and are writing clearer and more concise papers. Students have also begun applying what they learn in the classroom to their everyday life, which is a positive outcome, according to the teachers.
And while the teachers admitted they still have a lot of work to do in terms of better understanding the modules, they unanimously agreed they feel like they’re on the right track to better educate their students.