Are you wondering how Common Core math is going and how it's different from other math. Check out the short lesson below as we move into adding large numbers but use a place value chart to understand why we regroup.
Writing was difficult today. We were practicing the transition between a Flee Map graphic organizer and a first draft. We had trouble with foundational skills - labeling our paper, writing a title, indenting, skipping lines, etc. Part of the reason was clear - Many of my students do not enjoy writing.
We pushed each other and towards the end of the writing block we made progress. Students who listened carefully and adjusted their approaches after specific feedback showed the most growth. Others needed careful monitoring and encouragement.
I'm looking forward to the growth we will make this year.
This year we are teaching Common Core Standards in both mathematics and language arts. For the past several years we have used another adoption that has been adequate for California state standards. But an old adoption holds us to old patterns and old approaches.
That's not to say we have abandoned all our successful techniques and strategies. It's more like we have decided to raise the house instead of remodeling. It's uncomfortable to look around the house and not see familiar rooms, hallways and closets. But removing these is essential to build the new foundation required for a curriculum designed to meet the deeper demands of Common Core.
In math, for example, we are digging deep in place value and sometimes its difficult to understand old concepts taught at a much deeper level. But we are starting to see the foundation taking shape.
It takes a great deal of planning before the actual foundation of a house is poured. But once the concrete hardens, we can start building the walls. So with Common Core. It will take time, energy and lots of hard work from both students and teachers.
I am blessed with a great colleague in Mrs. Asencio. We collaborate, discuss, dissect, and analyze each lesson. We know that this year will require more time, more sweat and perhaps a few tears. Our scholars deserve our best and we know that our efforts will pay off.
We look forward to another exciting day tomorrow.