Taking a new approach to the Common Core

By Jillian Marshall

March 14, 2014 Updated Mar 14, 2014 at 6:24 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) While some students in the Southern Tier had Friday off, their teachers, instructors and administrators hit the books at the Roberson Museum to find new ways to teach the Common Core.

Close to 200 local educators went to the South Central Regional Educator Conference on Friday to learn more about how they can help students succeed with the Common Core.

The conference focused on uncommon approaches to the Common Core and changing the way students, teachers and parents learn with the standards.

"This is all new to everyone and I think there's a lot of misconception. I think there's a lot of confusion," said Chenango Valley fourth grade teacher Carrie Vesci.

Kate Gerson, of the state's Regents Research Fund, said educators need to slow down and comprehend what the Common Core is asking for and how to relay it to students.

She said these higher standards aren't taking the meaning out of learning, but going more in-depth into material.

"Students are going to get smarter and smarter at this work as we progress year after year so we have to make sure that we're taking time and not rushing," Gerson said.

Educators picked from 14 different focused sessions on Common Core ranging from the library to literacy and critical thinking to art.