QW2 and Reading the Common Core




















         First my assignment for today’s Writer’s CampI didn’t complete it. I tried. Three times. The good news is I learned something about me as a writer. The bad news is I learned something about me as a writer.
I am not a big fan of quick writes or writing prompts. Which makes me wonder how many of our students feel the same way? As you can see from my many attempts and scribbled up lines it takes time for me to think, rethink, change, and re-change sometimes days.
     





       So this is what I came up with today that I like, that I might want to keep, to not “re” anything. It’s the middle- not the beginning- not the end, but the part I like the best. The lost kindergartner has just turned on the light
      Light flooded the room. Charlie stood stone still. He could not believe what he was seeing. This was not his classroom. This room was ginormous! Books were everywhere. Big books, old books, new books, soft books, little books…….. books everywhere-so many books Charlie couldn’t drink them in fast enough. He had never seen a classroom like this before. Charlie wasn’t sure where he was, but he was sure he wanted to stay.   
That’s it that’s all I have so far. I kind of like it, and know where I want it to go with it, but I have a feeling it might take me a while to get where I’m heading.
Now on to Common Core Thursday. I have a few more tidbits for you from the conference I attended last week (I’m going to another one next Friday).
I have to be honest I spent a lot of the conference doodling and whispering with by btb (bestest teaching buddy). A LOT of it was about the assessment part of it and ick I don’t care about testing right now (only in April when I HAVE to).
When Dr. McCaw mentioned that if you have a unit you love teaching and it is not in the common core “you need to give it up.” She said that although you may enjoy teaching about Pirates, pumpkins, Hawaiiwhatever, if it’s not in the common core you should not be teaching it.
WOW.  That got my attention. Because my first thought was “what’s keeping me from connecting my favorite units to common core?”
Dr. McCaw had an answer for that, she said we (teachers) may have the best intentions but more often than not teachers fall back into their same way of always teaching a familiar unit, or theme.
Hump. SO now I have to spend my summer and all of next year proving her wrong. It is my hope to take those things I teach and connect them to the standards.
Now onto the way to read the lovely standards, I actually learned this at an earlier workshop, but you know I’m just like my kiddos and sometimes it takes multiple times before something sticks.
Here is an example for you visual learners (me).

Standard (1. OA.2)- Solve word problems that call for addition of three whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

First you need to do is circle or highlight all the nouns in one color. This is what the kids will be learning-what concepts you will be teaching.

Standard (1. OA.2)- Solve word problems that call for addition of three whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.


Next underline or highlight all the verbs in the standard. This is what the kiddos need to know or master.  These are what the tests will be derived from people!

Standard (1. OA.2)- Solve word problems that call for addition of three whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.


And there it is. The how of how to read and use the standards. Yet another addition to my endless list of summer to dos. Woe is me.
They did hand out this nifty neat worksheet to dissect the standards. It is very detailed. I think I will dissect it. I’ll let you know if I come up with something that might work I’ll share

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15 comments:

  1. This is awesome!!! :) Thanks!
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

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  2. I can't wait to see how you prove her wrong! Thanks for the highlighting tip. It gives me somewhere to start!

    ✪Crystal✪
    Strive to Sparkle

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  3. I like what you wrote, Tammy. It is intriguing & I can see that some young people somewhere in the future will open up a book & see those entrancing words!

    I haven't even gotten to the Quick write yet. My electricity has been out (I was in the bathtub!) so have been messing with getting candles ready, calling the electricity co (it's our block only-fuse blown), & they said 11pm, so now, at almost 10, it's back. so I have some catching up to do. Therefore, I started reading your post, a high priority, right?
    We don't do standards, but I am mentoring 3 teachers next year at our school who are assistants & will be doing a program for alternative licensing, so they have to know them, therefore I am appreciative of your post. I will print those instructions out. I am dismayed also by what this person said about giving up the units. You show them, please!

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    1. Oh no! sorry about your electricity, were you caught in that awful storm I saw in the news? The hail was unbelievable. So glad I was a priority when the electric came back! Good luck with the prompt, I am interested to see where Charlie leads me.
      Thank you for always being so encouraging Linda.
      Tammy

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  4. As an adult writer, I'm not great with prompts for the most part. That's one of the reasons I don't ask my kids to do them hardly ever. Anyway, I'm working on unpacking writing common core standards next week. Shall I take my green and yellow highlighters? :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. well... they said to circle and underline so I think you'll be ok. lol I almost never give my kiddos prompts, but I know my daughter had a lot of them in the upper grades and it was a real pain for her. Have fun at you "unpacking."
      Tammy

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    2. Tammy, you mentioned a few weeks ago that you want in on Saturday Sayings. I'd love the company. Let me know when you'd like to join up with me, and we'll link up. :)

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  5. How about tomorrow? I'd love it! Let me know.
    Tammy

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    1. You betcha! I'd love it too. You're welcome to grab my Saturday Sayings graphic or I can send you the HTML code for it.

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  6. I'm all ready to link up with you tomorrow Tammy. Looking forward to it!

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  7. My school district (OKC) has adopted Core Knowledge (not to be confused with Common Core). If you are not familiar with it, it is the work of E D Hirsh. anyway, I went to a workshop last Saturday and was told the same thing. If it isn't in your Core Knowledge Curr. You'll have to give it up. It is very frustrating. I appreciate what you are writing about Common Core, because it is coming our way next year, I think. So maybe I'll be ahead of the game from reading blogs like yours.

    Kelly

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  8. Ok so one I love your blog design. I don't think I've popped over here since you redid it. I do most of my reading from google reader.
    Two - thanks for the hint about how to read the common core. I might to get my highlighters out.
    Three - I think you can tie most themes and units to the common core. You just have to be conscious about it. I'm looking forward to seeing your prove that presenter wrong. I do think it is hard for some teachers to change. Some of the teachers I work with really struggle with getting away from the text books and really looking at what we're suppose to teach. Thanks for sharing.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

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    1. Thanks Kerri,
      We have the same problem at our school so many teachers balk at anything new, and a bit out of their comfort zone. The next few years will be interesting to be sure.
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Tammy

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  9. I'm with Kerri, I think you can teach your fun units, you just need to be more conscious of the standards when preparing them. We just found out TODAY that our system is switching completely. No workshops, no meetings, nothing! And our curriculum will not be ready until August (we start the last week in July!!). I really like your highlighting, but I have a question. Do you do this with your kiddos together, or do you highlight and then reword them using your key words for you kiddos? I hope that makes sense?! I teach Kindergarten and I know posting the standards will not make a lick of difference to them. Just trying to get some ideas =)

    Thanks!
    Laura
    Kinder Kraziness

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