By Megan Lay
Cougar News Blog
Some Cactus Canyon language arts and social studies teachers helped each other out during the second quarter by incorporating each other’s standards into lessons.
Rhonda Story, Team Cougar’s language arts teacher had her students use English concepts on social studies text on subject like the Civil War and King George.
This new way of learning is a result of Common Core standards, which advanced and require more descriptive answers from students.
“We try to challenge students to back up their answers with evidence from something they read. The Lizzie Borden story is a good example,” said Sheryl Anderson, Team Cougar’s social studies teacher.
“A lot of Common Core is pushing students to think more outside the typical box, making them stretch and think of or come up with the ‘why,’” said Story.
Many students think this is a hard way of learning, but teachers and students have already seen positive results.
“This has improved my grades a little bit,” said eighth grader Ashley Alamos.
“Kids think that it is harder, but it is really just a different way of answering questions,” Anderson said. “Once everyone ‘gets it’ I think we will see a big jump in test scores.”