Fellow blogger Dave Stuart, Jr. published this fabulous blog post “12 Skills the Common Core and Employers Want” on January 4, 2014. Please go read it and then come back.
Here is the book that Dave was quoting from:
I am in the process of reading the book, but I couldn’t wait to get to the end before posting this!
Here’s my shortened “Cliff-Notes” version of Dave’s post that I have been analyzing for the last ten days. Did you notice which Common Core Anchor Standards were most important to employers?
Which skills were #1, #2, and #3? Did you notice that those were all three Speaking and Listening Standards? And the content is way beyond an obligatory, one semester “Speech” class.
Study the chart for a few minutes and notice the color coding for the Anchor Standards? What patterns do you notice? (ahem, a bit of #close reading required!) Are there other standards that you would consider adding based on the full quotations in Dave’s blog?
For the 12 features, the following ELA anchor standards were listed:
- 4 Speaking and Listening Standards (yellow)
- 10 Writing Standards (green)
- 4 Language Standards (blue)
- 4 Reading Standards (white)
Is that what you expected? Granted, some standards are included in more than one feature. In the world of English Language Arts, there are 32 Anchor Standards. An unduplicated count above has 13 or 41% of those standards as skill areas that employers want.
Do your students have these skills when they leave your school? Why or Why not?
Do your students have opportunities to begin to develop these skills every day in every grade?