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I can hear the fear in my colleagues’ voices when they talk about the Common Core State Standards. There is so much uncertainty surrounding the new standards and how to teach to them.
The fear is even more prevalent in the special education community, and with good reason. I spent 15 years in the classroom as a special-education teacher, and I would have been terrified if somebody told me, “We want you to teach math and science and health this year. Not only that, but we want you to teach in a way that goes deeper and requires more mastery from students than ever before.”