I spent the day with representatives from 20 or more county districts. Our goal was to work together on LA curriculum maps to move us into the CCS. I was amazed at the differences in curriculums even within our county. 20 districts, 20 distinct teaching methods. My own district was far ahead of most in technology integration and PBL, but probably not as rigorous in content and reading complexity as we need to be. One thing we were discussing was the common core maps. I was glad that I wasn't the only one concerned with the objectives listed. My understanding was that with the CCS, we were moving towards a more skills based curriculum. The objectives given in the secondary CCS maps were content based and very traditional. Though I would love to be able to purchase our maps and be done with it, I don't know that they are going to be what we need. Back to the drawing board. For the time being, we made spread sheets so that we could see the progression of the standards from year to year. Next, we are going to examine our curriculum to see where we are weak. Finally, we will work to tweak our curriculums to more closely align to the standards. I would welcome any input from other areas. How are you implementing the CCS? Are you completely changing the curriculum, or are you modifying what already exists?
Literacy and Technology Specialist, English Teacher, Learner, Integrationist.