Common Core Standards
The Common Core standards are here to stay whether we like it or not. So, it is time to hop on board and start implementing the standards in your classroom. It’s not that hard, it just takes some time to figure out what the new standards are asking us teachers to do.
We have been working on correlating our resources with the Common Core Standards that most states have adopted. It does take time and effort to do this. We suggest working with colleagues and going through the standards together. As you go through the standards, you will want to do the following:
- meet with both the grade level above you and below you to find out what is taught so there is a smooth transition between grades.
- unpack the standards-break each standard down into key words and phrases and be able to understand what the standard is asking you to teach
- see how the standards can be tied together across disciplines. Reading and writing are natural areas for this.
- invite specialists into the conversation. These would be your Gifted and Talented teachers, Reading Resource teachers, English Language Learners, and Special Education to name a few. It is always better to get a broader perspective to best meet the needs of the students.
- Make your units and lessons relevant and engaging. The Common Core allows you to do this!
Using the Common Core
“Common Core” does not have to be a bad word in your school district. It does lay a solid foundation for students. It also provides rigor in schools across the nation. Take this as time to look at what you are teaching. Truly evaluate the materials you are using are meeting your students needs.
The Common Core is the foundation of your overall goals in each content area. How you get there can be up to you! Make sure that you have a major seat at the table with any curriculum adoptions in your school district. Be a voice that matters!
Eric and I, from Wise Guys, pride ourselves on creating highly engaging and relevant Common Core lessons for our grades 3-6 students. Check out our activities, lesson plans, printables, worksheets, reading comprehension guides, projects and more by clicking on our logo below!