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Common Core Changes: A Teacher Explains How They Changed English Instruction

The ongoing hysteria over Common Core can make the new educational standards seem terrifying: Children will never read novels again! Creative writing is dead! The math makes no sense! But what do the changes actually look like? I recently caught up with a veteran middle school teacher who says the changes brought on by the standards are far more complicated, and in some ways subtler, than some might have you believe. Valerie Lake teaches eighth grade English at Lower Manhattan Community Middle School in New York. She walked me through exactly how Common Core has changed how she teachers her students.