SOUTH PITTSBURG, TN (WDEF) - Public school teachers know there are many ways to get through to students.
But some methods are better than others.
Tennessee is one of 45 states who have adopted the Common Core curriculum, and teachers are spending a big part of their summer preparing to use it next fall.
Math teachers met at South Pittsburg high school in Marion county.
Teachers learning how to teach the new curriculum.
A hundred math teachers met for two days at South Pittsburg High School to learn about the Common Core State Standards. That replaces the much-maligned "No Child Left Behind" program in Tennessee and 45 other states.
DR. APRIL KABLER, REGIONAL MATH COORDINATOR "The Common Core standards are an initiative to get every student in the nation..everyone that adopts the standards..on the same page with very rigorous standards for high expectations for students."
The teachers, most of these from Marion, Grundy and Sequatchie counties, are learning a teaching strategy to use starting this year.
ALLISON SMITH, TEACHER, RICHARD HARDY SCHOOL "They are more focused on solving real world problems..rather than just procedural things."
These teachers, and those who attended one of the 16 other training courses around the state, are finding that the new plans allow more personal hands-on instruction.
LASHANDRA RIVERS, ORCHARD KNOB MIDDLE SCHOOL "Every school will have to provide equal opportunity for students to learn..and so it won't be that students will have to go elsewhere to get a better education."
One question frequently arises as Common Core takes hold: are we losing local control of the curriculum?
DR. APRIL KABLER "They were written by educators and researchers that wanted the best for students. So, its not a government initiative, at all. Its definitely what's best for kids."
If it works as planned. Common Core may provide inroads to students who have been hard to reach with other techniques.
The Common Core program has been stalled in some states by the Tea Party movement, which believes the benchmarks are part of an attempted federal takeover of local education authority.