Getting an Early Start with CCSS!
The following are excellent readings along with some prep work that will help guide our understanding and expectations for Common Core.
Christensen, C., Johnson, C.W., & Horn, M.B (2008). Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns. New York, The McGraw-Hill Companies.
Reeves, D.B. & Wiggs, M.D (2012). Navigating Implementation of the Common Core State Standards: Getting Ready for the Common Core Handbook Series. Englewood, Lead + Learn Press.
This is a four book series that includes: ELA, Mathematics, and Assessment and Collaboration
5 Tasks for CCSS Understanding and Implementations:
1. Compare your current grade-level standards with those of the Common Core. Using two different markers, highlight those standards that will remain the same and those that will change. Note the similarities to and differences from your current expectations for students (learning tasks). See ELA and Math Crosswalks pdf file below!
2. Become familiar with the K-12 vertical articulation of the grade-specific standards by tracing the new concepts and skills added to each grade level to reveal the learning progressions.
3. Examine all four literacy strands together for a given grade level to provide perspective on how the horizontal articulation of the strands promotes an integrated model of literacy.
4. Examine current student work samples against the criteria in the CCSS grade-specific standards and reach agreement on exemplars of proficient work.
5. Examine current units of study and determine what it will take to "ramp up" the level of rigor and thinking expected in both standards and assessments.
*each of these tasks are written from the Reeves (2012) book above.
Unwrapping/packing of CCSS for ELA, check the following link for examples:
More to come...