Forget "aligning" with Common Core; how the heck do you even begin to use Common Core?!
This multi-part series will explore some possibilities for making Common Core relevant and actually useful in real-world classrooms.
I've been engaged in a number of great discussions lately about how best to incorporate the Common Core English/Language Arts (CC ELA) standards into the classroom. My vision for how to work with these standards is evolving quickly and I wanted to share my thoughts to stimulate further discussions.
And very soon I will be implementing some form of Common Core integration with EssayTagger. I'd rather have the idea be well-thrashed out before I build a half-baked solution.
But first we have to understand the Common Core ELA beast for what it is.
Common Core is inevitable. It'll be on us faster than any of us are ready for and we best get prepared ASAP. Gripe and moan and cry all you want, it ain't gonna change a thing.
Worse: The language of the Common Core standards is not classroom-friendly or, more accurately, it is not student-friendly.
Worse(er) (hee hee! Relax!): The Common Core standards are not directly compatible with how we classroom teachers work with our students and provide feedback.
This all being said, the Common Core ELA standards are not bad. They are actually quite reasonable. They're just not a great fit; the administrators' standards-based data-tracking world does not align smoothly with classroom reality. Shocker.
Common Core - A closer look
Let's stop talking and dive in.