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Classroom curriculum changing, Cape Girardeau teachers react

Cape Girardeau teachers are preparing for some changes in the classroom as the district aligns with the new Common Core Standards. Cape Girardeau teachers are preparing for some changes in the classroom as the district aligns with the new Common Core Standards.
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Cape Girardeau teachers are preparing for some changes in the classroom as the district aligns with the new Common Core Standards.

Curriculum Coordinator for Cape Girardeau Public Schools Theresa Hinkebein says the district is preparing for a change that’s coming within the next two years.

“Starting in the spring of 2015, the assessment that’s aligned with Common Core will become operational,” Hinkebein said. “ So, in the Spring of 2015 our tests will change and be aligned to Common Core instead of Missouri Grade Level and Course Level Expectations.”

One Cape Girardeau teacher says she welcomes the change.

“This is to get the kids in Cape Girardeau learning the same things as the kids in Boston, Massachusetts,” Kim Newman said. “So, when you have kids move state to state, there are gaps and there are holes. This will help close the gap.”

Newman says the new standards will change some of the topics she teaches, but not the way she teaches.

“I still plan to do some of the same strategies as far as cooperative learning and getting the kids engaged is how I think works best. But, some of the topic may change,” Newman said. “I think the Common Core takes it to a level where we don’t dig so deep on little things, we hit the big things, and so we are really excited about that.”

However, some groups are not excited about the change. The Missouri Coalition Against Common Core opposes these standards in the state.

A statement on the group’s website reads, “The Common Core standards are being sold as a state led initiative that will bring quality education standards to our schools. Nothing could be further from the truth. Common core is an illegal overreach by the US Department of Education into our local education.”

Hinkebein says teachers and administrators will still choose the textbooks and resources with which they teach.

“I think one misconception of Common Core is that it’s telling us exactly how we have to teach, what materials to use, and that is not the case,” Hinkebein said. “We do have the standards we need to follow. We have the leeway to add any additional standards that we feel that we need at the district level.”

Newman says even though change is sometimes difficult to deal with, she believes the switch to Common Core is for the better.

“In education, there are always changes,” Newman said. “I feel like this change is here to stay because it’s going to put us on a level with everyone else in the United States.”

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