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The Common Core Grinch this Christmas... Part One

Today is the day I officially became a Common Core Grinch.

It being conference week for teachers and the high stress time already, I sat in my office reflecting upon the effects of Common Core and the impact it is having upon the classrooms of our nation.   3,047 more words

Common Core Standards

WYBI Wednesday: Common Core Promises

How many times have we heard the educratic speech, promises, and goals of Common Core for our students? How many ways have we been bombarded with products specifically based on delivering on those promises? 1,317 more words

CCSS

A Common Core, At What Cost?

A Westchester school district’s struggle to balance creative learning with the mandated curriculum that is consuming the majority of the school day. 

It was the Monday after Thanksgiving, and at Furnace Woods Elementary School in Cortlandt Manor, NY, one first grade class was beginning a Common Core Listening and Learning module. 1,107 more words

2nd Grader Shares His Thoughts About Math

My son’s final quote of the night saved for the last line……

The story before the story:

My 2nd Grade son is a mathematical thinker.   As a math educator inside the system with a child inside the system my concern grows.  2,440 more words

Common Core Standards

if i use someone's curriculum, am i a teacher?

Today I got the news from my principal that my test scores from my 7th and 8th graders were not great. They were not the worst, but the worst would have been that all of the students would have, what, died on the spot while taking the exams? 603 more words

ELA

Thesis Statement Workshop

This year, my classroom in focused on developing writing skills in chunks. We started the year by emphasizing core skills like close reading, analyzing details, and creating strong evidence-based claims. 737 more words

Thesis Statement Workshop

This year, my classroom in focused on developing writing skills in chunks. We started the year by emphasizing core skills like close reading, analyzing details, and creating strong evidence-based claims. 737 more words

High School