A student-centered classroom culture will address and be supported by many goals of the Common Core State Standards, middle-grades educator Marsha Ratzel writes in this blog post. For instance, lessons that guide students to identify real-life problems and find solutions, are aligned with the common core's math standard of finding the meaning in a problem. "As teachers gain experience in the CCSS standards that apply to their grade level, they will identify places where there are opportunities to put student questions at the forefront of their lesson plans," Ratzel writes.

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