Why Authentic Teacher

Common Core Standards

I know the common core standards for math and reading for both kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade inside out and am pretty strong in pre-k through 6th grade too. Core Standards.org has been my home away from home every school weekend practically for the last two years making sure I know what standards are being covered with each lesson I taught.

Once you get familiar with them they become pretty “standard”

My expertise is applying these standards to challenging math problems I face when I’m living my everyday life that every student is expected to solve. They engage students by incorporating daily activities like counting quarters at the laundromat or counting an array in the garden or local nursery.

What Is Authentic Teacher?

Authentic Teacher is a combination of my passion for learning, lessons my mom shared with me growing up and experience in the classroom mixed with questions my parents and students have asked me over the years.

authenticmath.com website

AuthenticMath.com is also in its initial birth.

ELA Common Core Standards

“The Common Core asks students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies. Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they’ve read. This stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life. ” from Core Standards.org

Authentic Literacy websites and articles


According to NWEA

“Authentic learning occurs when activities or projects offer students an opportunity to directly apply their knowledge or skills to real-world situations.”


Authentic literacy – writing for a real audience

from Teacher Magazine

I had real experience with this, when my fourth grade students wrote to another teacher’s fifth grade class they were so much more engaged, they frequently asked when’s writing, and they wrote so much more then when I simply put the curriculum’s prompt on the board. Frequently we would write about what we were studying in the classroom and talk about the differences between their fifth grade assignments and our fourth grade assignments.

Students couldn’t wait to get their mail! They worked harder on grammar, punctuation, and handwriting because they wanted it to look neat for their counterparts. They were able to recognized mistakes in their own work better. (Just be on the lookout for perfectionists who tear papers up instead of redoing it) They were more willing to write a first draft before they sent a final copy to their fifth grade reading buddy.


Using Blogs



Renew!: Become a Better and More Authentic Writing Teacher

Renew!: Become a Better and More Authentic Writing Teacher Shawna Coppola

Shawna Coppola

In the Best Interest of Students




losing sight of authentic instruction in the shadow of political pressures.

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