While reading Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement, I continually thought about my school and how everyone there needs (not should) to read this book and educate themselves on what is really happening with the Common Core.
Many at my middle school have implicitly and explicitely communicated that the Common Core is “An English Thing.”
It is with these things in mind that I am starting a true Personal Learning Community (PLC) at my school. We will begin discussing Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement in a few weeks. This is not a book club; rather, after reading/discussing this book, my hope is that we continue to share our successes, failures, resources, and laughs throughout the transition from NCLB to CCSS.
My district has offered no resources, directions, or vision regarding the Common Core. The only thing they have provided was a super cheesy video that spoke in generalities and offered bland hope of mythical improved excellence. It felt degrading and was reminiscent of political ads. Here, take a look for yourself!
I am excited that starting the PLC on campus has been well received. My vision is for us teachers to educate ourselves about future changes and begin adjusting/creating lessons to be in line with the Common Core.
I hope that this PLC will become a group of teachers who exemplify pedagogy and lesson design leadership and be agents of change. I will keep you posted!
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