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Common Core: Woes, Oooohs, & Yos!?

Common Core is Coming…Ready or Not!

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I’m curious as to your Woes, Oooohs, and Yos! What do I mean? Let me explain:

Woes: What are you worried about? What is aggravating you? What do you need?

Oooohs: What are you wondering about? What have you heard that needs clarification? What is your “Oh! It would be awesome if …”

Yos: What have you found that is so awesome that you want to yell, “Yo! Check this out!”

I’d love to gather your Woes, Oooohs, & Yos and share them. Together we can do anything!

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Confessions of a Bad Teacher…a MUST READ!

Angry me after reading this article!

Please stop what you are doing and read this. Really! Right now!

It made me angry. It made me sad. And then I just sat there with that “what the what?!” look on my face. So I read it again!  I don’t get mad often-I’m actually a look on the bright side 99% of the time kind of person, but this makes me ANGRY!

This really has to stop! I wish I knew the answers to things like this. I know that moving schools saved me, but that isn’t (and shouldn’t) be the fix. Thankfully, I am now in a school where I am expected to teach all day long–really, that’s my job and what is expected of me. I call it teaching nirvana! My administration knows what our kids need and they love our kids. This should be the case at every school, for every teacher, and for every student! Ugh!

At a time when teachers are constantly under the microscope and under the gun, I think we need to make the shift to looking at the absurd things we are often forced to do by administrators that (all too often) left teaching because they weren’t good at it.

Teachers: You are doing an amazing job. If you really aren’t happy, get out. Administrators, so many of you are awesome. Help those that aren’t!

As always, your thoughts, experiences, and feedback are welcome!

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Flipped Classroom Follow-Up!

I really like the Flipped Classroom idea!

I wrote about Greg Green’s Flipped School successes here:

He’s back today with a follow-up to answer the most common questions about the Flipped Classroom/School concept.

Check it out here:

You can see my original post by clicking here.

What are your thoughts on the Flipped Classroom?

I’d love to hear from you!

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Edutopia’s Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

Here is a great list of Common Core Resourses from Edutopia!

Check out the links at the bottom of the page, too. You’ll find great things like this:

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From Ed Week: Assessment Consortium Releases Final Content Frameworks

Catherine Gewertz, of Ed Week’s Curriculum Matters, shares new information from PARCC on the Common Core Content Frameworks.

Read about the frameworks and what she thinks here:

Check out PARCC’s frameworks for yourself here:

While you are on the PARCC site, check out the Sample Instructional Units and Sample Assessment Tasks, too!

Keep fighting for what matters most–our students!

Have a great day!


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Straight Talk on Common Core: Sue Gendron

Check out this video from Scholastic Administrator!
Straight Talk on Common Core: Sue Gendron explains what’s coming and details how to prepare your district for the curricula changes.


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