This year, our district is adopting the Common Core Standards.
I'm kind of excited about it.
I mean, then we can't blame our state anymore, right?! ha!
No...I'm just excited to FINALLY be on the same page as everyone else
We actually JUST changed our state standards...like 2-3 years ago.
So, I'm FINALLY figuring those out, getting my groove on...changing grades, and learning THOSE new standards...ha!!
NOW, I have to learn all NEW ones.
Let me set the stage for you.
No throwing fruits or veggies at me...(ahem, KRISTIN!! you'll see why in a minute)
I love my school.
I've taught there going on 9 years now.
You know why I love my school??
There are GREAT teachers/friends there...
the students REALLY need us - we are they're safe haven, comfort, and sometimes the only one that will listen to their story, or give them a smile in the morning.
But another reason I love my school???
My principal(s) leave me alone.
I can teach HOWEVER I want...
You know how I DON'T want to teach???
Out of a textbook.
So I don't.
Don't get me wrong...I use the teachers' guide to see what skills are being taught (like in Reading and Math) and I teach those same skills for that week....
or I look at the standards and pacing guides set forth by the district...
but I teach using my own resources...that I've made, bought from stores, or from TpT!!
And my students STILL progress...
But you know...if they didn't???
I'd TOTALLY change how I do it - and would revert back to textbook teaching.
my problem, now I don't know the standards anymore...
and while I'd LOVE to say that I spent my summer reading them and getting to know them...becoming acquainted...friends...whatever...
I've been having WAY too much fun...lol
So, I went to the best place I know to go for help...
I found some GREAT resources...
there are more out there, for sure, but these are the ones I got...and they're great!!
Yvonne, from Sassy in Second, is one of my fave sellers anyway - I love her math tubs...and her math journals!!
But this is FABulous!! TONS of great CC stuff!! 207 pages of goodness.
And then, I found an awesome checklist from Lori, Conversations in Literacy.
Yvonne's has checklists too - and I love it - but it's student-based...this one is for teachers where you can write in the dates that you taught the standard/strand.
I need this type of checklist because I DON'T teach from the books, so I need to be able to prove when I taught what skill...it also stems from being a 3rd grade teacher for 7 years and having to create portfolios for all my kids...double bleh!
If any of you have any advice or good stuff for common core, let me know!! I'm not really sure about CC...and I don't like being unsure of things..lol.