Getting Started with the Common Core

Where should we start with the Common Core? It depends on your current status!  But if you are looking for a place to start, consider these ideas.  The resources that I can gather from my Twitter PLN amaze me.  Here’s an excerpted list from  a post that is my favorite thus far this week.   Jan Miller Burkins and Kim Yaris have the details at Engage (A Reading Today blog).

“Stretching into a New Year 

  • Stretch 1: Plan lessons that address more than one standard.
  • Stretch 2: Select texts that give students a lot to think about.
  • Stretch 3: Make your modeling messier.
  • Stretch 4: Watch and listen more. Talk less.
  • Stretch 5: Foster problem-solving rather than dependence.”

Burkins and Yaris have many resources on their blog that will give you “food for thought” about all things Common Core. I wrote about something similar to Stretch 4 in a previous post, “Silence is golden.” Stretch 5 is the  one that I wonder about a lot.  In the interest of “helping,” are we inadvertently creating dependent students?

Intrigued?  Check out this International Reading Association Blog at Reading Today Online for the details straight from Burkins and Yaris!

Which stretch will increase the learning for your students? Where will you begin stretching?


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