Ok. So maybe some of you have read my Blog description, then read my posts, then thought, What does this blog have to do with Common Core? If you have, that's ok, because that's what I think every time I look at my blog. There really are more interesting things in my life, however, since that was the intended purpose of this blog, I though maybe I'd throw in some CC stuff here and there. I do have some cool documents for you, but I'll save those for later on in the summer because I know most of you are just trying to make it to the end. I'm done, by the way. You wanted to hear that didn't you?
Anyhoo...I do have some questions for you... 1. Did you do CC this year? And then I follow up with, Really? I'll be honest and say I was 100% introduced to it this year and we followed those standards strictly. Did our quarterly assessments line up? No. Did our report cards and progress reports line up? Not at first. They're better now, but not great. My district adopted the CC Curriculum Maps and these guided our instruction throughout the year. My honest answer is some of the activities are great. Others, eh. The Language Arts Units are divided into 6 units (great if you assess every 6 weeks, not so great for every 9 like us). The Lit Coaches have put together some great resources, though, that I want to share with you. Why re-invent the wheel right?
First is a great document to see how the year is lined out called the First Grade Year At a Glance. This really helps give you an idea of what the entire year will look like, all subjects. Another great document they've made outlines each LA Unit and the materials you'll need and standards that will be covered. Here is the link to Unit 1. If you're interested, this document will get you ready for the beginning of the year.
Next question, are these documents helpful?
If so or if you teach another grade, play around on the district website under curriculum. They've really worked hard to give us what we need and what we've asked for.
And last question...what other kinds of documents do you need or CC questions do you have? I am absolutely NOT an expert, but I'm learning along with everyone else.
Have a great weekend!!! I know I will!