Today our students had only a half-day of school. For the second part of the day, all of the teachers had a workshop all about common core. Our district is just starting to implement common core this year.
Everyone was split first by grade level and then by either ELA or Math. Luckily, I was put in the ELA group. :) This made me very happy because I am working on my master's degree in reading. Right now, our district doesn't have any guidelines for this year as far as what is expected in our classroom in regards to common core, but that will be coming soon.
For the most part, I felt that I already cover the ELA standards in my classroom as did most of the teachers in my group. We felt as though we now just need to view our teaching differently. We need to look at the big picture with the end of year expectations in mind. I think it made us breathe a sigh of relief because implementation won't as hard as we thought it would.
This whole day got me thinking......where is your district in the implementation of common core? Last year, I researched common core and starting implementing the standards in my classroom because I knew that it was coming. What is your district or school doing? I would love to hear!