Common Core Curriculum

Interview

Has moving to CCSS been challenging and/or easy for you?

"No, it's been easy...so far. The first grade curriculum isn't really that much different then what we are teaching. In some ways I feel the CCSS is less challenging than what we do already in the classroom. I think as counties become more familiar with the standards, their requirements of us could change. Right now we are focusing on using more critical thinking and open ended questioning in reading and math. In reading, we have also switched to theme-based units."

Do you have Professional Development in regards to the Common Core? If so, what kind?

"The PD we have had has been through our school faculty meetings and PLC meetings. This year, we have had many PD's on math and questioning techniques."

What resources do you find helpful (people, websites, books, etc)?

"Lucy Calkins (she made me love to teach writing), Debbie Miller, Pinterest, TeacherPayteachers.com, coworkers, Readworks.org, and readwritethink.com."

My Opinion

Although I believe that Common Core was implemented with little resources, research and support to make the transition smooth, the overall concept and intent is beneficial. The standards establish a set of shared goals and expectations for what students should understand and be able to do in grades K-12 in order to be prepared for success in college and the workforce. I think that the face of education is changing constantly with all the new technology and resources that become available everyday. Therefore, other aspects of education are going to change as well. Common Core is nothing to be afraid of and it will only help guide teacher's instruction and students' learning.