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.

I have created lesson plans and courses that align with the common core and include real life culturally relevant assignments that students can do to help master the standards in math and reading.

We also specialize in helping students who are struggling in math and reading, especially those that express the strengths seen those by children who have dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia or other learning difficulties.

Who Is Authentic Teacher For?

Teachers who want easy, no plan, no paper, just assign to the students homework and learning opportunities that align with the common core. As students practice these skills in fun ways they will gain confidence on assessments.

Principals who want their staff to include Authentic Lessons that are culturally relevant in their weekly plans. Districts looking for Professional Development for staff on how to incorporate Authentic Lessons into their current curriculum and school climate.

Parents who are home schooling, or want additional learning opportunities for their students after-school or on summer vacation. Parents who have students struggling in school who would like to help them gain confidence in the classroom.

Authentic Math Coming soon! I bought this website originally, and plan to create an entire text/workbook filled with the authentic math challenges I have already created for the entire set of 125 common core math standards.

authenticmath.com website


Common Core Standards

I know the common core standards for ELA and math inside out. 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.

If you want to know why I created Montana Bear School you can learn more here at my Jackie Beyer artist website.


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Why Authentic Teacher?

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



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

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The Organic Gardener Podcast

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