City and state education officials liked what they saw this morning when they stopped by the Academy of Arts and Letters in Brooklyn to see how the new Common Core standards are being implemented there.
During a two-hour visit, Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, and State Education Commissioner John King sat in on an English class and watched sixth-graders identify specific words that illustrated the theme of a poem about mushrooms. In a math class, they saw five students present different solutions for the same problem, then heard the teacher explain that one strategy of problem-solving might make more sense for one student, or in one situation, than another.
“Their critical thinking in developing the evidence to support the facts, I found amazing,” Walcott said about the students.
“It goes a long way in not just preparing students for the test, but preparing them for life, and how to communicate with each other and then not to be intimidated by adults, and not be able to wilt when an adult asks you a question to support your facts as well.”