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From Common Core Standards to Curriculum: Five Big Ideas

A common misconception about the Common Core State Standards is that they dictate to teachers how to teach (teaching methods) and what to teach (curriculum). In a white paper written by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins entitled, "From Common Core Standards to Curriculum: Five Big Ideas", the authors argue "that these standards are in some ways obvious but may also be counter-intuitive and prone to misunderstanding." McTighe and Wiggins go on to offer their five big ideas as:

Big Idea #1- The Common Core Standards have new emphases and require a careful reading

Big Idea #2- Standards are not curriculum

Big Idea #3- Standards need to be "unpacked"

Big Idea #4- A coherent curriculum is mapped backwards from desired performances

Big Idea #5- The Standards come to life through the assessments

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