My First Couple Weeks with Common Core…

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CCSS ELA Wordle

Well, my first couple weeks of implementing the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.  Some of you are re-reading and probably scratching your head!  Basically it means that I will be using more Social Studies, Science, and Technical text to teach English Language Arts.

So, my biggest challenge so far has been how to use my school district’s adopted History/Social Studies curriculum for my language arts program.  In other words, I am basically creating my own pacing guide and ways of meeting the CCSS Standards.  Additionally, I have to make sure to teach the current state content standards to the district benchmarks and the California Standards Test (CST).

Needless to say, I am kind of feeling like I felt my first couple years of teaching, when I had to create and plan everything from scratch.  This is time-consuming and draining mentally and physically.  Last week, I was feeling like I was burning the candle at both ends.  Some of you are probably saying, “How come you are doing this?”

Well, the answer is simple, the new Common Core Standards are better for our kids and future generation.  We haven’t done a great job teaching our students how to think critically or for themselves.  We have taught them to take multiple choice test well, but that isn’t how the real world is.  These new standards are meant to get our students college and career ready!  We lost sight of that since I have been teaching the past ten years.

This challenge of piloting ways to implement CCSS, has changed the ways I am teaching and what my kids are doing to show what they really know.  They are just picking “C” for an answer choice.  Here is a great video about picking “C” and I encourage you to watch and share this.  It is what our current college and young adults have been trained to do!

I hope you follow me on this exciting journey into Common Core and I encourage you to comment and share with friends.

Here’s to a great 2013-2014 School Year!

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