Understanding the Common Core
Our Superintendent, and the members of our Board of Education gave you their commitment to support your sons and daughters as we move into this exciting time of change in education. I, too, am committed to providing your child with every opportunity to become successful and enjoy their learning here at Somerset School.
o I am sure you are wondering about homework.
o One of the most helpful things you can do is show your child that you think homework is important.
o Avoid doing your child’s homework for him/her; teachers need to see where your child is having trouble.
o Many children today do their homework while their parents are at work. When you are at home, ask to see your child’s homework and discuss it with him or her. Ask questions and be supportive.
o Today’s students may learn subjects that you and I never had when we were in school. Don’t worry; you can still help your child by praising progress, using resources that teachers send home, monitoring how your child uses the internet to get new knowledge, and communicating directly with teachers. You do not have to be an expert in a subject to help with homework. There are many places to go for help.
o Encourage your child to stick with it, even when a problem becomes difficult.
o Help build independence and confidence in your child.
o Read to, with, and in front of your child and discuss what you read.
o Ask questions and learn more about the CCSS in your child’s classroom.
o Connect with your child’s teacher about your child’s learning progress every month.
o Attend parent/teacher conferences and talk with teachers about your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Ask your child’s teachers, or me, how you can best support your child at home.
o Participate in academic events that invite you to the school.
o Set a goal with your child to complete college or other advanced training after high school.
o Make your child’s success a family priority. This means that school comes before sports, entertainment, or work.
o Help you set shared goals with your child’s teacher for what your child needs to know and be able to do;
o Allow your child to move beyond rote memorization to show critical thinking and problem solving skills;
o Enable you to check in regularly on your child’s progress to see where he or she may have mastered skills early and could benefit from further enrichment;
o Help you identify if your child is struggling, talk to your child’s teacher, and work together to determine a plan to help your child improve; and
Click the link below to view a 3-minute video that explains how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond.
http://www.cgcs.org/domain/33(English and Spanish)