Knowledge is power. When you know more, you can prepare more. You can make informed decisions. You can advocate better for your child. Many parents and their children now are facing standardized tests, and new ways of doing things as part of the Common Core Standards. And it’s all very confusing. As a parent, I want to know what my children would face in a regular classroom setting. My husband, as a college mathematics teacher, needs to know how the incoming undergrads are being taught math, and the best way to teach math himself. And sometimes you just hear a lot of misinformation on the educational system in America. And that’s why I’m excited to share a bit about Be a Learning Hero – a new website designed to help you get all the answers to your many Common Core and education testing questions from a non-biased, strictly informative viewpoint, so that as parents and as concerned citizens we may be learning heroes for our children.
Be a Learning Hero, in partnership with the National PTA, wants to help parents better understand the Common Core and all of its new assessments. They want parents to understand why these changes occurred, what they are, and what they mean for their children, and what parents can do to help support their child’s learning. Helpful resources and straight answers about Common Core State Standards and Common Core-aligned assessments and tests like the PARCC and Smarter Balanced are the main goals of Be a Learning Hero, which is why I decided to write this post. I wanted to help my readers who have children in school know how all of these standards and tests are really affecting their children, why they are there, and what a parent can do to help his child and his child’s teacher.
The great thing about this site is that it is focused on the parents and the child, and not on teachers. As such, it is full of tools to help parents understand how their teachers are teaching mathematics or why their English assignments are structured as they are. When a parent can easily find resources like videos, tips, and guides to help their student with homework in the evening, it helps relieve a lot of stress from the whole family. It can then help free your evenings of head scratching and frustration and replace it with more family bonding time!
The Math and English Help sections are really great in that they provide resources on why things changed, what exactly did change, and how these standards should look when applied to real life situations. I feel like its these sections that will help a lot of parents better help their students, and to really help them be a learning hero. You and your child can work to learn the different Common Core strategies of approaching math and English concepts together.
As with any new change, there is a period of adjustment as teachers and students get used to implementing new standards and new approaches to learning. The point of the Common Core Standards are to help students better develop critical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving skills that will help prepare them for college and careers.
So, when you need help helping your child, go to Bealearninghero.org. You can find teacher-approved apps, games, and websites for each grade level; read parent-friendly explanations of the changes in your child’s classroom; and get tips for supporting them at home. You can also find assessment videos that show what success looks like in reading, writing, and math in grades K-5, and find articles and worksheets that give you tools to be your child’s learning hero. There are even tips for preparing for student-teacher conferences, information about Smarter Balanced and PARCC state standardized tests, and a break down of both the Common Core Math and English changes.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Be a Learning Hero. The opinions and text are all mine.
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