Post for the week of January 14, 2013
Common Core implementation has created a rush to buy new materials. Books and programs labeled "Common Core Aligned!" are flying off the shelves.
You may be lucky enough to have some money to spend on some new materials, but not everyone does. Good news! Sometimes you can use what you have, but it may have to be taught with different goals. But first, you need to know what you already have. Take inventory!
The advice for this week is to make sure you use your current literacy program(s) to the fullest. Lots of programs have online components that have changed to accommodate CCSS.
For example, schools are looking for more resources on teaching more modes of writing: narrative, expository, and argument. Go to your publisher's Web site and see if they're offering any new prompts, rubrics, or supplements. The textbooks might not change, but the online materials could have great new units, lessons, and additions to help your students meet the Common Core.
Take a few extra minutes to analyze your current resources, and it could save you time and money.