When your kids head back to school next month they will notice some changes in the classroom. New curriculum is being put in place for all North Carolina students in kindergarden through 12th grade. School officials and teachers from across the east are training at J.H. Rose High School through Friday to learn the new curriculum.
The idea is to get away from multiple choice tests and an overload of facts. Instead the curriculum aims to develop students critical thinking skills. Some teachers gave us examples.
"The changes mean the kids are going to learn to think deeper about mathematics. They're going to learn the importance of mathematics," said Instructional Coach Linette Hewlin
"In social studies for example, instead of chronology of history, hopefully they will develop a deeper understanding of some of the big concepts and themes in U.S. History," said Instructional Coach Michael Flinchbaugh.
School officials are also learning how to incorporate media and technology into their lessons and students daily lives. In the end they hope that all these changes will help better prepare students for the real world after school.