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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to discuss suggestions on what pre-service teachers need to know in order to be ready to teach in today’s kindergartens where the implementation of the Common Core State Standards reflects best practice. The introduction of the Common Core State Standards in Kentucky has ushered a new culture in kindergarten. Kindergarten used to be seen as a preparation year in which children could be equipped in listening, walking in lines, getting along with others and learning letters. Today, children in kindergarten are expected to

begin reading, writing, adding and subtracting. Rigor begins early in the school year as kindergarten children are screened and assessed to determine groupings and which children

will need additional supports to meet the CCSS expectations. Teacher education programs, in turn, need to ascertain how to resolve the challenges of this new culture. The teacher candidates will need to be prepared for what they will experience or face in schools. In this paper, the authors will provide suggestions on what pre-service teachers need to know in order to be ready to teach in today’s kindergartens where the implementation of the Common Core State Standards reflects best practice. lines, getting along with others and learning lette rs. Today, children in kindergarten are expected to begin reading, writing, adding and subtracting. Rigor begins early in the school year as kindergarten children are sc reened and assessed to determine groupings and which children will need additional supports to meet the CCSS expe ctations. Teacher education programs, in turn, need to ascert ain how to resolve the challenges of this new cultu re. The teacher candidates will need to be prepared for what they w ill experience or face in schools. In this paper, t he authors will provide suggestions on what pre-service teachers ne ed to know in order to be ready to teach in today’s kindergartens where the implementation of the Common Core State S tandards reflects best practice.

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