It takes precious time to understand the Common Core standards. And we know how little time, beyond their daily duties, that teachers have!
The Los Angeles Times printed a tweet from one teacher that said, "Within a couple of years, 'we start testing on standards we're not teaching with curriculum we don't have on computers that don't exist.'"
Common Core standards are here. Will you be informed and ready to help your students succeed? How are you learning about the Common Core standards?
Here are a few of the resources that I have found useful as we are making the shift to Common Core State Standards:
Looking forward to gathering more resources from this discussion.
Unfortunately, we have been left to figure it out on our own which is extremely frustrating. When the subject comes up, we are referred to different webpages. When I access the webpages, everything seems foreign to me. I understand the concept but I am unclear on how we will implement it, especially as it pertains to special education. For my district and because of our extremely low test scores, it seems that we would need some type of transition for our students.
Lisa, your interests lie in Reading and Language Arts plus Special Education and this is a great month for you to join our Common Core group?
ReadWriteThink, created by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, are vlogging this month on using RWT resources to address CCSS and engage Adolescent Learners. Check out their videos and ongoing discussions.
Learn from the experts, our wonderful Content Partners who are happy to give guidance and answer our questions as we all strive to lessen our confusion and frustration having been tossed into this foreign territory without clear direction.
You are so right, we are going to need transition for our students. Many are offering websites, documents, and even courses, but the Common Core group in Thinkfinity offers you a community...people who care and with whom you can share professional concerns, resources, and strategies. Summer is a great time to plan for next school year.
Sneak preview: Next month, Illuminations will be blogging. :-)
Thanks for the good words regarding Thinkfinity resources, Dorene.
The easiest way to teach to the Common Core Standards in a state is using the Thinkfinity Resources Search on our main page. Users need only scroll down to get to their State Common Core Standards and find resources aligned to their standard of choice.
We are a small private school in Texas and are striving to be the best we can be. We have a better opportunity in some aspects because even though we are required to teach our state standards (TEKS), we are examining the Common Core Standards and writing them into our curriculum. All the teachers are being involved in this process and we are evaluating them one by one. Since there doesn't seem to be an immediate conversion in our future, we want to get a head start on what the rest of the nation is considering to be the norm.
With that said, it will be nice to find resources that don't cost to help in our journey.
The TEKS are in the State Standards Search.
And you have an opportunity in Thinkfinity's Common Core group to follow the progress in all of the states and learn from each other as the Common Core standards are being unwrapped and used.
The Learning Math group is maintained by Illuminations, on of our strong Content Partners. They will also be blogging in the Common Core group during June.
I think that Thinkfinity Community is a wonderful way for small private, sometimes rural, schools to connect and collaborate with educators who have a similar interest.
I look forward to reading your thoughts throughout the community. Please let me know if I can help. Thinkfinity, Your Professional Learning Community (PLC) is a set of eight lessons, work at your own pace, to learn more about using the Thinkfinity Community efficiently and effectively. :-)
Thinkfinity Community Manager
As a Catholic school, we are not required to transition to Common Core, but chose to do so anyway. Our administration has provided many opportunities for us to learn about the changes. I was also fortunate to attend a regional NCTM meeting in Dallas to learn more about the changing standards. My goal during summer break is to plan out a new curriculum map for the common core and identify gaps, such as financial literacy that need to be addressed.
Excellent! I saw where you have joined our Common Core group. Be sure to check out the Learning Math group too. I will enjoy reading your perspective on how you will proceed.
My school district has recently offered free professional development training on Common Core. This training consisted on different optional workshops among which we could select Technology Improvement, Galileo Testins/ Data analysis, Common Core Standards for the Content Area, etc. This training had great attendance and it helped me familiarize with this new understanding of integration of learning. The conversation on how we are all literacy teachers has started long time ago but with the exception of SIOP training and IEP plans we had not envisioned the need to improved these essential skills as a whole. I will also join the Thinkfinity Common Core group to learn more.
My district is very supportive of our implementation of the Common Core, especially in mathematics. The last two years we have had trainings for the implementation, and this next year we are going full implementation for 8th grade math. I was chosen as a teacher cadre leader (I meet with other 8th grade teachers in the district) for LPS. We also met in May and planned our scope and sequence of our CMP2 materials to map to the new standards until we buy new materials. I am also on the committee to help buy new materials for the 2014-2015 school year.
We have a math intervention specialist that has helped facilitate all of our trainings. We have also met the HS teachers to ensure we have a smooth transition from 8th grade math to 9th grade math.
I am very luck to be working in Littleton where they are very supportive of the transition.
I do hope that you will join the Common Core and share your experiences with Math and Common Core implementation there. The month of June will see Content Partner, Illumintations, blogging information for Math teachers and answering questions.
Equally important are the discussions where members are sharing their ideas. Do take a look and invite your colleagues to join Thinkfinity Community and this particular group.
See you there.
Jane Brown, Thinkfinity Community Manager
My district offered a workshop on Common Core Standards which I attended. Knowing that I need to learn more about it to better embed them in my science curriculum I will soon taken an online class called Finding your Way through Common Core. We can opt to work on the Mathematics and LIteracy course.
Thinkfinity Content Partners and ISTE have created free webinars that are available to help you grow as a professional. The Webinar Index includes a brief description and links to the archived webinars. There are several that address Common Core issues. Doug Buehl’s webinar for example, “Meeting the Demands of the Common Core, Mentoring Readers of Science and Technical Texts”, points out the increased specialization of literacy with the Common Core. There are more, so please check Thinkfinity's Professional Development page.
I am not currently teaching in a secondary school setting, so I am taking all the training I can, have picked the brains of colleagues who are teaching, and have downloaded, printed off, and read through all the information about common core standards I can find on the CDE website. It's exciting stuff!
Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium released online practice tests for students in grades 3-8 and 11 in both ELA and Math. You can read more about the practice test and access it at http://www.eschoolnews.com/2013/06/18/common-core-practice-tests-now-available-online/