7 Misconceptions to Avoid When Talking about the CCR Standards Integration
I received an email last week about the CCR standards integration. The writer asked two simple questions:
- Is the CCR a ready-to-use curriculum?
- Does the CCR provide any teaching strategies?
I responded to the email. Then, I decided that it might be nice to summarize here what the CCR isn’t and doesn’t do for you, my fellow adult educators. The CCR is like a compass on your teaching-and-learning ship, so it’s important you understand where it’s leading you.
This leads me to the 7 misconceptions you should avoid when talking about the CCR. Let’s dive in!
Misconceptions about the CCR Standards
1- The CCR is not a prescribed adult-ed curriculum and should not be treated as such. Instead, adult-ed programs can integrate the CCR into their existing and customized curriculum.
2- The CCR is also not a set of federally mandated standards. Rather, adult-ed programs have the flexibility to adapt and use them as they wish.
3- The order of the standards listed in each level of the CCR is not a required sequence. In other words, adult-ed programs can rearrange and teach the standards in a different order to match the teaching needs of their students.
4- The CCR does not tell adult-ed teachers how to teach their reading and math lessons.
5- The CRR does not provide any specifics or details in terms of how to better meet the needs of all students. (That is, ESL students, those with special needs, students with different learning needs and abilities, and so forth.)
6- The CCR does not dictate what should be taught beyond what is listed in the CCR document. Rather, it is up to local adult-ed professionals to adjust, add, or modify the content.
7- The abilities described in the CRR standards do not give adult students all the skills they need to be ready for college and technical training. Therefore, students will also need to work on other skills that their programs judge necessary for their future academic and career success.
What else do you want to add to the list?
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