One Argument for the Common Core

I am taking a professional development class on pdesas.org, the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Standards Aligned System site.  For PA teachers, it’s a great resource and a great way to earn Act 48 hours at no charge.  One must be a self-directed learner to fully appreciate the course and be successful, but teachers have been teaching themselves new things since the beginning of their careers, I suspect.  Now, they have a resource that is organized well and conforms to the latest ideas in the PDE about effective teaching.  I recommend the site and the professional development opportunities.  I also wish I had a classroom where I could try out the ideas more effectively, especially the PA Common Core standards recently adopted.  While finishing my recent assessments, I found the PA Core standards to be very helpful, to guide my lesson plan development, and to help me understand Long-term Transfer Goals, Big Ideas, and Essential Questions.  The standards have been condensed into (in my opinion) easier to follow guidelines.  It also seems like they allow more freedom to teachers to design instruction that will work for their students.  Perhaps I’m wrong; let me know.

Here is an example of a unit plan that I wrote using the PA Core and the Curriculum Framework (sort of) as a guide.  Please let me know what you think.

Next time, I will present arguments against the Common Core.  There are plenty!  Below are some links to articles that feature arguments against these standards.

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Tweeted: Instructional Design and Lifelong Learning

Lucas and I participated in Take Your Child to Work Day today, and this is a recording of the presentation that I did for the students.  I hope you like it!

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Tweeted: CPS Teacher Professional Development

I don’t know what happened to modeling the behavior you wish to see in your students, but apparently this professional development “expert” forgot that idea and forgot how to teach well.  This video is so depressing.

Tweeted: The Good-Morrow by John Donne http://t.co/Uq9zKMHB…

The Good-Morrow by John Donne createsend.com/t /y-21A0E65B6E…

What a beautiful poem!

The Good-Morrow

John Donne, one of the most famous Metaphysica...
John Donne, one of the most famous Metaphysical Poets. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Donne

I wonder by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we loved? Were we not wean’d till then?
But suck’d on country pleasures, childishly?
Or snorted we in the Seven Sleepers’ den?
‘Twas so; but this, all pleasures fancies be;
If ever any beauty I did see,
Which I desired, and got, ‘twas but a dream of thee.

And now good-morrow to our waking souls,
Which watch not one another out of fear;
For love all love of other sights controls,
And makes one little room an everywhere.
Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone;
Let maps to other, worlds on worlds have shown;
Let us possess one world; each hath one, and is one.

My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears,
And true plain hearts do in the faces rest;
Where can we find two better hemispheres
Without sharp north, without declining west?
Whatever dies, was not mix’d equally;
If our two loves be one, or thou and I
Love so alike that none can slacken, none can die.

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