Common Core: Kindergarten

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Updated: 1/29/2014 11:02 pm
Common Core has been discussed from a number of angles from how much data it requires school districts to collect to whether or not it takes away the chance for school districts and teachers to customize curriculum on a local level. We’ve talked about how this affects adults and older students, but what about the little ones? Mary Spiker teaches Kindergarten at Wilcox elementary in Pocatello and she has good things to say about common core.

Spiker explained that she is behind the initiative. She said that, “I’m very supportive of Common Core in the sense of what they’re asking us to do with children. We are really piloting that and we’re finding that some things really are working well and were looking at some things and going man did we blow it on that. And so we’ll come back together this summer and we’ll continue to have those really rich discussions about what’s best for kids.

Spiker has fully implemented the Idaho Core Standards into her classroom and says that Kindergarten is a unique time for implementing new curriculum.

“Kindergarteners don’t know any different because they haven’t been in school before so they just know what their teachers are putting out in front of them and if you’re excited about it your kids will be. They really attend to what the teacher attends to,”
Spiker said.

One issue that may arise with the implementation of Idaho Core Standards for Kindergarten in Pocatello is the schedule.

In terms of how covering a new, heavier course load in her allotted time will work out, Mary isn’t sure. “
Where we are only funded half time for kindergarten to get to that same level of depth in half the time, I don’t know if that’s really reality,” Spiker noted.

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