Future of Thinking and Communicating: The Change of Educational Needs
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) aligns to the needs of a ever changing by pushing communication and thinking skills for our students.
The thinking skills of the ELA standards provide an impetus for change in the world around us, understanding others’ backgrounds and cultures, and communicating with them effectively.
Text complexity (Standard 10) begins in grade 2 and can be thought of as a staircase of increasing content, rigor, language, and comprehension.
The ELA reading standards align text complexity with reading skills. The bottom lines is that students who are unable to comprehend complex text whether traditional or digital are at a distinct disadvantage to succeed in subsequent grades and college or career.
Technology use both input and output must explicitly align with the demands of the CCSS and excellent classroom practices that captivate the learners and capitalize on their “connectedness” to digital media.