Post for the week of July 2, 2012
Three Ways to Read the Standards (Part III)
The summer is a great time to study the new Common Core standards. I would suggest that we study them three ways:
1. Follow a standard
2. Read the whole thing
3. Compile a list by grade level
Another good way to study the standards is to compile lists of the new standards by grade level. To do this, you can either cut and paste out the standards for any given grade level into one document. It's a great way to quickly see what each teacher is responsible for.
Some companies have done this work for us and have come up with big books of the standards and posters: http://www.standards-toolbox.org/.
Whether you do it yourself or buy it, seeing all your grade-level standards at one time is a good way to help your planning for the whole year. Also, share the grade level standards (for both ELA and Content Literacy) with content teachers. No one should forget the last 7 pages of the green book!