What's on my mind these days?
I shall make a list.
(Warning: It's ever so slightly opinionated.)
- I'd like to thank the Common Core for letting me decide how to teach the standards. (Regie would approve.)
- Becoming familiar with the Common Core takes time and is a bit messy, but it's a given that I should know and understand what's expected of my learners.
- I'm grateful for an administration that believes in my ability to design a Common Core curriculum that best fits the needs of my students, and I'm thankful they give me extra time to make that happen.
- I can't count on a program, a series, or a teacher's manual to fill the gaps.
- Developing curriculum is a lot of work, but it's better than being handed a product that I had no say in making and might not even believe in.
- Developing curriculum improves my understanding of the standards.
- Developing curriculum requires me to know my students better.
- Developing curriculum gives me ownership of the teaching and learning in my classroom.
- Developing curriculum makes me more reflective.
- Developing curriculum makes me a better teacher.