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Curriculum Planning and the Common Core

Rather than feeling bound to the classics, Tennyson frequently assigns contemporary novels and readings that are accessible to students. She also makes an effort to include diverse titles, so that “all of [her] students are able to see themselves as the hero.”

Teachers are some of the most creative people around, but are often forced to used purchased curriculum plans that don’t have a lick of relevance to our students. These cookie-cutter plans continually exclude children of color and they rarely get to see themselves as the heroes of their own stories. It is up to us to help change that. (Rich in Color)

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