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Monday, June 18, 2012

Common Core in Kindergarten

Hey all!
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!!!
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29 comments:

  1. I am glad they took out money and time. I think for a lot of students these concepts are too abstract and a waste of time. I think if we focus on the standards we are given to teach, then they will have a better foundation for other math skills. I just hope we get a great scope and sequence with a little wiggle room as to the pacing.
    Congrats on your nomination! I am so proud of you! I will probably be meeting you this week-I must a admit I am a little nervous!
    Your Fan,
    Jennifer
    kindertrips

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    1. Thanks for commenting Jennifer! And are you going to the 8-11am training tomorrow?! If so, I can't wait to meet you either! =) And don't be nervous... haha--- You are so silly! Hope to see you tomorrow!

      Jessica

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  2. I agree with the comment about money and time. We are just starting committees for common core. I would love to hear more about what you learn.
    Tonia
    Mrsvento.blogspot
    Are you getting new textbooks?

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    1. I will be sure to post after my training(s) to share anything interesting! =) And no, we are not getting new text books yet. We are just using them as "resources" for now! =) Thanks for commenting!

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  3. We started Common Core this year just in K with the idea that each grade will follow successfully. I do love the "with prompting and support"! Makes it so much easier on our little guys.

    I still do patterning during my calendar time with my number cards on the calendar...although I've heard some states have OUTLAWED calendar because "it isn't Common Core"!! How could it not be? We cover so many of the math standards and recognizing patterns is a mathematical practice under CC. :) I only introduce the coins and work on recognition but don't push it because there is so much more to work on! I have some freebies I will post on my blog that I use for working on addition and subtraction fluency. Check with me in a day or two!

    Erica
    The Eagle's Nest
    littlesoaringeagles.blogspot.com

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    1. I agree calendar is a great time to review those important skills! And I think it's silly that they don't want us to at least "expose" the kids to all of it. I think it's important- especially in kindergarten that they are exposed to money and time, as well as understanding the passing of time when talking about days of the week! =) Thanks for commenting!

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  4. We are switching to Common Core for next year too. We are a Core Knowledge school so we will have to do both standards. I need to look at the Common Core better because I thought time and money were on it. Maybe it is a part of CK though instead. We are meeting in a couple weeks to align everything. We use the Read Well program so I think we will have very little to transition.

    April
    Wolfelicious

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    1. Yeah, money and time are NOT in the common core standards anymore- we had a big discussion about it in my school! I have our math common core training or K and 1st tomorrow, so I'll let you know what they say about it! =) Thanks for commenting!

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  5. I teach in TN as well, my district had K move to common core this past year, and I really enjoyed it. I didn't miss time and money, it was always such a hard concept for some. I loved having so much time to focus on number sense. I feel like this is an area that used to get somewhat rushed through with everything else that had to be taught. But this year, I feel like I sent all my kinders to 1st grade with a true understanding of numbers, which is so important!

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    1. I agree! I want to atleast expose my kinders to coins and telling time to the hour is so easy for my kiddos, I could do it during calendar time! =) Thanks for commenting! I'm excited about spending more time on numbers b/c I felt like we were rushed to get through them and my kids didn't have a true understanding of quantity, more/less, etc.

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  6. This is our 3rd year of implementing Common Core for Math (2nd for ELA). We adopted the Math In Focus program and it really helps! It pretty much does it all for us. I have to say I am THRILLED that money and time are gone. Having said that, we do a lot of money in calendar (Every Day Counts) and I see a big difference. I am sad about patterning. If preschool isn't mandatory, where are they gonna get that. MIF does a little patterning but I hit it hard in calendar as well! Best of luck. let me know if I can help! :)

    Sarah
    Kindergarten Korner

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    1. Thanks so much Sarah! I will definitely let you know if I need help since you seem experience with the common core! =)

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  7. Hey, I just came in from an all day training on developing a STEM unit. We had to correlate the new cc objectives to our teaching unit and I too noticed the absence of money and patterns! We do our ELA Common Core training next week...can't wait to see what's changed there! i really like the way that it seems like the students are learning to take more ownership in their learning and it's not all teacher directed!

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    1. I'd be interested in hearing more about your STEM units! We will eventually have to implement STEM into our classrooms, but they are doing it with certain grade levels at a time! =) Thanks for the comment!

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  8. We implemtnted Math and ELA Common Core last year. We LOVED it! It really narrows the focus and allows you to spend much needed time developing strong numeracy and literacy skills.

    We still do calendar because it covers so many standards EVERYDAY! As for time and money, we don't include it. We learn skip counting by 5 and 10 so they'll have a firm foundation when they get to first grade.

    Check out the website: www.readtennesee.org for a wealth of information on Common Core.

    Greg
    Smedley's Smorgasboard of Kindergarten

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  9. Hey Jessica!
    Great questions!! I've been pondering and talking about the same thing!;) I think it is vital to still drill patterns into them...although I won't assess them on it and it won't be on their report cards. If you think about it-they need to understand patterns for just about EVERYTHING!! Including reading. It's a very important, basic skill!!!!
    I also think giving them a good foundation in time and $ is important!!! These skills are so abstract to little ones-the more they are EXPOSED-the better they will grasp it! Plus, I think $ is a good way to help reinforce counting on-which is a big common core skill.
    I think it's important to remember that these are the KEY standards...not the only things that you can teach.These are the things that you really need to dig in deep and make sure the kids have a deep understanding of....but, there are many other important skills that they must learn. Did that make sense at all??;)
    Congrats on your nomination!!! You deserve it!!!;)
    Little Warriors

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    1. I agree with EVERYTHING you said! =) Thanks for commenting friend! And yes, you made complete sense to me! I'm honored to be in the running with such fabulous bloggers like you! So I'm just happy for the nomination! =)

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  10. Jessica, I am so excited about going back to kindergarten this year! I can tell you that we will be following the Common Core Standards, and I'm glad that I won't need to assess my children any more on time and money. I'm still going to put manipulatives in the math center to expose them to coin identification, sorting, etc. But when I taught kindergarten it was such an abstract concept that the children always did poorly on the money part of the test where they had to add up a nickel and two pennies, for example. Inevitably, their answer was 3 cents. I did teach patterns this year in pre-k and the kids got the concept, so I'm not sure how I feel about patterns being removed from the kindergarten standards.

    Thanks for listing me as one of your favorite blogs. :)

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT
    http://teachingwithsight.blogspot.com

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    1. That sounds like a fabulous idea Sharon! My kiddos LOVED playing with coins... whether they were counting pennies on the 100s chart, skip counting with nickels/dimes, sorting and putting them into patterns! Such a great idea to keep them in centers! Thanks for that idea! I agree that money was a tough concept for my kindergartners to grasp! I can tell you that our 2nd grade teachers are pretty nervous about it though! =) I wonder if it will make a difference! I agree with your comment on patterns too. I think I'll introduce it at teh very beginning of the year so we can at least talk about it during calendar time! =) Thanks for commenting!!!

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  12. Jessica, I am so excited to find your blog! While I am in Texas and we are not doing CCS and after three years of kinder I will be moving to 1st, I wanted to comment on this post. I have been reading and studying the CCS because I present and talk to so many teachers outside of Texas about Whole Brain Teaching. I knew that I needed to be up on the latest standards and such even if Texas wasn't following them...you know we gotta hang onto those TEKS!! However, one of the things that has bothered me about the CCS is I have felt like they didn't really push kids to the academic ability they are capable of. I have read some comments and I am really baffled. I teach in a charter school here in Texas for Title 1 students in an at risk neighborhood and my kinders this year could not only read at the mid 1st grade level before leaving (with fluency and expression), they could write clearly (handwriting) and with thought process, and their math skills included counting to 300 orally, Number dictation to 150, place value, addition (including rules for +2, +5, +10) and subtraction (the previous rules only subtraction) and count by 2,5,10,100. They could count money with three different coins (dimes, nickles, pennies) and were beginning double digit addition/subtraction with no regrouping. Perhaps it is because our school standards have always been way higher than our state standards (purposely planned that way by our principal) but I have always wondered why other standards were not that high. I do believe that the Whole Brain strategies that implement in my classroom make it possible to teach to this level and the students do thrive from the structure. I hope that the CCS are as rigorous as they claim to be for the sake of our future leaders. Can't wait to read more on this here on your blog!! Congratulations on your AWARD Nomination! :)
    Hope you visit my blog!
    http;//www.mrsshipleywholebrainteaching.blogspot.com
    Farrah

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  13. We are loving your blog!! We are so glad we found you. We nominated you to receive the One Lovely Blog Award. Head over to our blog to get it! :)

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  14. We started with common core last year. I had a hard time not at least introducing money to them. It isn't included in ccss until 2nd grade. I think they need to at least be able to identify the coins. I love the reading standards and don't think they are ton different than what we're used to.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

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  15. I'm your newest follower & awarding your blog with the Versatile Blog Award. Please check out how to accept the award at my blog! Congratulations on ALL your awards!
    Jen
    http://positivelylearning.blogspot.com

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  16. Congratulations on your award! I gave your blog the One Lovely Blog award!

    Teachin' First

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  17. Hello! I am a Tennessee Kindergarten teacher too! I am happy to have found you. I am now following your blog! We had to use the Common Core standards in our county last school year. Yes, time and money is not in the CCS. However, our new math series that we recieved this year had a unit on money and time so we had to teach it anyway. We also had to include money and time in our assessments for report cards. We recieved a huge packet that we used to convert our old SPI's into the CCS. According to the packet the old SPI's converted into a CCS but it really didn't make sense to me. Our county also bought us curriculum that was SPI based so I went ahead and wrote it the corresponding CCS. It took a lot of time but it will be one less thing that I have to do next year. Please check out my blog. I would love to have you as a follower. I would love to share ideas and thoughts with another Tennessee Kindergarten teacher.
    Mrs. Janelle

    http://mrsjanelleskindergarten.blogspot.com/

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  18. This is my first time to read your blog and I hope you'll visit mine! I teach in Arkansas and we started CCS last year and I love it!
    I did teach patterns as part of my calendar time and I use rhythmic patterns as a transition often throughout the day. I also did introduce time when we studied hickory dickory dock and The Grouchy Ladybug and the same with money. We talked about time and money when
    It came up in our learning! Of course I have lots of tweaking after my first experience with it but I am looking forward to august! Sounds like you are too!

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