For a fifth grade student I would like to see them be able to back up their views and opinions with their gathered content knowledge, online reputable resources, and understanding of others culture and perspectives.
#9870992 Aug 12, 2014 at 05:06 PM · Edited over 4 years ago
As a teacher of Core French the standards appear to relate to the level skills that the student as they function within the language. A worldwide set of standards already exists that is based on the CEFR. The idea is to have students move from a rudimentary level of function to a level where they can really express their opinions, including the ability to debate and support their thinking. When leaving French 12, I hope that students will be able to express their opinions with an understanding of others perspectives, an appreciation of culture and an ability to support those understandings with reputable sources. What is interesting to me is that as I came to post this reply, I found a very similar response submitted by a 5th grade teacher. This affirms my understanding that content is almost secondary to higher order thinking skills.
In math, the new standards expect students to show an understanding of the concepts, not just regurgitate material. Students must be able to not only find the answer to a problem, but justify the steps in finding that answer. Also, the standards are focused on fewer topics than the previous standards. This allows teachers more time to delve into the topics and allows students more time for conceptual understanding as well as application.