A few thoughts on Commom Core

Posted on: November 6th, 2013 by Jessica

I know not all states are using Common Core but I’ve seen many comments about it recently so I thought I would weigh in. We teachers are again being asked to integrate curricula that we have not had a major hand in writing. That’s always frustrating. But, over the years as I’ve seen wide swings ranging from ITA to Language Experience to phonics, or even sight word driven instruction, I know Common Core is here to stay for at least a few years. In the past, I’ve fought these dictates from “above” but have mellowed somewhat and try to make the best of what is handed to me. But, we must always remember the key point: Good teachers teach CHILDREN, not curriculum! We help children move from step A to step B using whatever works best for each child in our classroom.