Ugh. I literally woke of thinking about Common Core and it's summer. My mind was spinning and I had to go in the living room and write down key words on a scrap of paper from the junk drawer so I wouldn't forget. I thought if I wrote them down, then perhaps I could go back to sleep. Alas, this is not so. Hence, I will write a bit here and sleep later. Hopefully, my insomniac ponderings can help other K-12 teachers.
I have a whole list now of free associative thoughts regarding Common Core, but for this post I will focus on building a framework. Many of us K-12 teachers are still trying to figure out just what Common Core is. Yes, we've been to workshops, read our union magazines, and seen cute little videos on YouTube, and ranted about it at faculty meetings but still don't really have a clue. Many of us teachers feel it is this one large corporate mass/mess that we have to figure out together. We are trained by administrators at our schools and many of the administrators do not know what Common Core is either. They are often like politicians in that we don't get straight answers.
Teachers just want to know what it is so we can implement it. I think the ambiguity of Common Core is part of what is prompting our teacher anxiety. Hence, many teachers have mixed feelings and cognitive dissonance about it. As such, I was wondering what is really at the core of Common Core? Then I thought of the following. What if we looked at it in terms of seeds? Yes, that would be good. Let's look at Common Core like an apple and there are seeds of knowledge that we want to pass along to our students. There are three seeds at the core of Common Core and they are as follows:
1. Multiple LIteracies
2. Multiple Pathways
I will write in more detail about these seeds at another time. If you have more seeds that you think belong in the core of Common Core from your understanding of what Common Core is please share. I hope this will be the beginning of a collaborative framework to help teachers understand Common Core. Thank you. I look forward to your response, but for now I'll get back to counting sheep. :)