Many of us are digging into Common Core Standards. We are spending time reading the standards, figuring out what they mean, and noticing how they grow from grade to grade. Indiana (my state) adopted Common Core State Standards several years ago, so I’m familiar with the standards. What I’m realizing now is the usefulness of the appendices.
There are no experts when it comes to Common Core. It is new for us all. I’m finding the appendices are helping me understand the intent of Common Core. Here is a link to the Core Standards website. On the left you will find a menu with links to the appendices.
Another exceptional resource to understanding Common Core is Pathways to the Common Core by Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University, Mary Ehrenworth, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University, and Christopher Lehman.
I think it is important to remember that this is all new for all of us. I’m trying to merge my understanding of Common Core with my deep beliefs of best practice in literacy instruction. In addition, I’m weaving my learning of 21st century skills into this tapestry. It takes time. It is messy. I find myself thinking and rethinking and learning to be content in the mess.
This is why I love being a lifelong learner…the journey never ends.