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We asked a teacher to explain Common Core lessons

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Posted: Jun 18, 2014 10:31 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Jun 18, 2014 10:31 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE- A public school teacher explained Common Core as a method to encourage students to take control of the conversation when it comes to solving problems and developing their critical thinking skills.

"We really become facilitators. We facilitate questions to them and they are the ones that are the target of the conversation, the initiators," Tia Mills said. Mills teaches second grade in the East Baton Rouge Parish School system and believes the new teaching methods help her students learn better.

In many scenarios, students are asked to think outside the box and answer questions at length. As an example, Mills said when discussing a reading lesson, Common Core lessons usually begin with asking students open-ended questions about an assignment.

Mills said she'll ask students why something has happened if it was not specially discussed in the reading's text. It allows her, and other teachers, to see how students are making connections, she said.

In another example, Mills said she teaches students to workout math problems by breaking down a problem into separate equations to get the answer.

Watch the attached video for more about Common Core and the issues facing Louisiana students.
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