I am, you could say, a Common Core advocate. I’m in favor of the standards…but the reason I’m in favor of them is because I see them as an opportunity to shift the way we teach. There are, however, other things to consider, so I like to make sure I read as much as I can about the opposing point of view, that the standards are NOT a good idea. This article certainly makes a compelling case and is worth the read.
These are the “illustrated standards” (illustrations include unpacking, commentary, sample tasks, and more) created by Illustrative Mathematics for the K-8 CCSS. It’s a work in progress, so eventually they will have them all included. But it’s still really good. Really, really good.
On this page you’ll find detailed documents the U of A is calling “progressions.” They lay out how the CCSS move from one year to the next in mathematics. They appear to be a goldmine. Very excited to explore these.
Non-fiction texts…you aren’t the only one who has trouble finding them. That’s why blog posts like this are great. A terrific list of non-fiction (including graphic novels) is contained within. (It’s past the midway point of the post)
Grant Wiggins is able to express so many topics in a way that makes total sense. Here he writes about the idea of national standards and how they still are too “one-size-fits-all” for his tastes. I would definitely agree.