I am so excited to start implementing Common Core this next school year! I have a math training this Thursday and one for the Literacy standards in July! I noticed some big changes from the TN state standards as we transition into CCS this summer....
First... in math we no longer have standards for patterning, money and time? What is everyone's thoughts? My Kdg team and I were talking about still teaching it in our calendar time daily.
Second, in the literacy standards, we noticed a lot of them are now phrased "With prompting and support" which we were totally psyched about! I always felt bad about myself b/c I felt like my kindergartners were supposed to be able retell every single detail of the story based on how our TN state standards were phrased. Now I know that (especially with my low ones) I can give them "that little push" that they MAY need to remember parts of the story.
The last big thing was in math... Kindergarten is the only grade level who will focus on counting and cardinality as a unit. 1st grade and on will use it as review when needed. Which makes me glad they took out time and money so we have MORE time to focus on those standards!
With all that said, I am really looking forward to seeing how these new standards will affect my teaching and my student's learning! =)
I'm pretty optimistic about it!
What are your thoughts? =)
p.s. I just received an email tonight that stated an article I wrote this year titled "Literacy Centers Dilemma" earned my blog a nomination for a FASCINATION award: 2012 Most Fascinating Kinder Teacher Blog. I'm totally excited!!!
Voting begins June 25th at 1:01 AM (EST).The blog with the most votes by July 2nd at 11:59 PM (EST) will win the grand prize, a $100 restaurant gift card.