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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

AWESOME! It's Common Core Standards Bingo at Missouri DESE for Teachers!

Cool! The Missouri Department of Education and Secondary Education is making the implementation of Common Core standards FUN FUN FUN for the teachers. It's come up with.... Common Core State Standards Bingo! Yippee! DESE is even giving away prizes to the lucky individuals who get a completed row in the card!

To ready the teachers for common core implementation, here are the directions for playing CSS Bingo from DESE:

Your mission: Find enough individuals to sign your card until you get 5 in a row to form BINGO. Each individual can only sign one box on your board!

And to entice the teachers to play the game, the form states: Fill in the information on the back and drop in the box for a chance to win one of the door prizes!

Some of the information the teacher needs other teachers to sign off on includes:

  • Knows the number of tables in the Appendix
  • Knows the name of the book used in writing the CCSS
  • Knows when Missouri adopted the Common Core State Standards
  • Can name at least two of the Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • Knows the name of the NCTM document used in writing the CCSS
Other non-academic information needed to be completed includes:
  • Teaches in grades K, 1, or 2
  • Has a calculator currently with them
  • Someone who does not teach in the same district as you
  • Is a first year teacher (or just finished year 1)

I'm sure this exercise of filling out a bingo card will result in those teachers being designated a "highly effective teacher". As professionals, the teachers should find this type of exercise silly and shameful. Does a teacher need a college education to complete such an exercise?

This Bingo card and game denigrates the teaching profession and doesn't help the teachers implement standards that are overwhelming and depend more on learning how to teach to the test than actually teaching. Shouldn't teachers be spending more in actually teaching than filling out a Bingo card with useless information?

Here's the link for the Bingo card available to every public school teacher in Missouri. We'd love to hear from teachers on what door prizes are offered by DESE. How much taxpayer money was used to implement such silliness?

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