The group will consist of 4 teachers and 1st grade students from each class. There will be a total of 37 students in the target group; 29 of the students are African American and 8 are ELL student with home languages of Haitian Creole, Spanish and Zulu. All students attended Kindergarten at this facility. This is of relevance because my question is related to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (Florida Standards) and how teachers view their methods of educating the whole child. All students have only been taught utilizing the Florida Standards.
This leads to a question of a need to focus on skills based teaching as opposed to the standards based approach currently adopted by the school district.