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February 19th, 2013
Does the Common Core demoralize teachers?
It’s a serious question, with serious implications. It’s a question that arises for me all too often when I see tired faces, confused looks, or disheartened shoulders, says Sarah Brown Wessling, 2010 teacher of the year. It’s a question that I feel a responsibility to wrestle with; after all, I’ve spent the last few years working to make sense of the Core, to put it in language that resonates with others, to make it accessible in ways that teachers won’t feel like they’re losing the integrity of their classrooms. Yet, there’s a commentary beneath the looks of educators who feel like this is just “one more thing” that “takes me away from my students…”