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9th grade English teacher: If schools trust their teachers, the Common Core will free them to teach
Here is the most useful kind of Common Core discussion – direct classroom experience. Jessica Pointer, a 9th grade English teacher in Tennessee, talks in a Fordham Institute post about the benefits of developing her own curriculum for the new standards.
This local hands-on approach is the practice in the many New Hampshire schools I have visited, from Manchester to the North Country. That’s probably why there is such wide support for the standards here. (more…)