How are you feeling about the Common Core? Have you been trained, feeling ready to tackle it? Or do your feelings run more towards a little nervous for yet another change?
I am feeling a bit nervous and I always want more information to combat that feeling. I have spent some time this summer learning about the Common Core. I found a few resources for us that will hopefully help tame that nervousness that some of us may be feeling.
Tennessee is a great resource with its Teacher's Reading Toolkit. They have compiled a lot of information like teaching strategies, lesson plans, and assessments. This site even unpacks the standards for you, providing a lot of important information that will help you to understand the standards and how to teach them.
I found a couple of books that look to be good common core resources too. Lucy Calkins helped write Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement. Anything by Lucy Calkins is great!
Besides needing resources to help me understand and teach the common core, I also needed a way to track what I had taught and how the students performed on common core assessments. So I made some tracking sheets that met my needs.
I didn't just want a sheet that stated the standards. I needed a way to track how many times I taught the standards among other things. So I have included in each pack places to write notes on the standards and the dates when they have been taught. This is a good way to document for yourself and your administration when and how often you taught each standard. I also included a space for you to record if you gave an assessment on each standard and what percent mastered the standard. It will be a great way for me to keep myself organized and to have documentation all in one place of what I have done! If you need this kind of tracking just click on the picture and it will take you to my store.
I hope this compilation of resources will help you teach and document the common core. Hopefully with a little less nervousness about it too! :)