Kindergarten and the Common Core: A problematic pairing

Boys in their jellyfish and octopus habitat hats

TweetThe Common Core is Srs Bzns.  Everyone knows the Common Core is serious business, replete with rigor and weighed down with supporting evidence drawn from the text.  The Common Core is intended to produce college-and-career-ready high school graduates who are… Continue Reading


Will play help your students learn the Common Core with joy?

Superhero play

TweetAn article recently published in The Atlantic described learning experiences of Finnish children in their play-based, child-centered public school kindergarten classrooms:  some students took shovels outside to dig in the mud and build dams; other students staffed a pretend ice cream… Continue Reading


Developing targeted curriculum: Teachers’ greatest superpower

Teachers to the rescue!

TweetIn my last post (“Conquer the Common Core….Starting NOW!” http://wp.me/p6quk7-5y) I mentioned the elephant in the classroom: it is very difficult to find high quality curricular or instructional materials that can be used to teach the knowledge and skills in… Continue Reading


Free Common Core checklists for ELA & Math? Yes, please! UPDATE

Unfortunately...with reading buddies

TweetHere’s a link to some great Common Core checklists available for Grades K-5.  They’re perfect for tracking whole class progress toward mastery of the grade-level standards in ELA and Math. These free Common Core checklists were created by Cortney Marcus… Continue Reading