Friday, August 16, 2013

enVision Pacing Guides

As if teaching isn't a tough enough job, here is the status for a lot of elementary teachers in California:

Pearson Education's enVision (California edition) was published prior to California adopting the California Common Core Standards. So, Pearson kindly created a transition document to guide teachers on how to use the "old" book with the "new" standards. Of course, this was a very nice thing for them to do!

But then in March, 2013, California changed its mind by un-adopting the California Common Core Standards and, instead, adopting something that looks a lot more like the National Common Core Standards. Now we have an "old" book with "new new" standards. Unfortunately, as of this blog post, Pearson has not yet published a nice document to help us make this NEW transition.

So here is where this blog post comes in...
I have made my first attempt at creating pacing guides to help teachers use the "old" California enVision text with the "new new" Common Core Standards. These guides...

  • indicate which lessons can be skipped because they no longer match the standards for that year
  • arranged the topics in a more logical order to create a better "flow"
  • suggest topics that should be taught each trimester for the benchmark assessment

The pacing guides were written in Google Docs, so please feel free to use the Comment Tool to post your thoughts about the guides directly within the document. Or you can post a comment at the end of this blog.

Pacing guides:

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

New standards...same old textbooks.

Transitioning to the new Common Core Standards in mathematics will be hard enough for elementary school teachers. They already have a full plate with...

  • teaching larger class sizes than ever
  • having a smaller budget than ever
  • teaching multiple subjects
  • already trying to implement the new ELA Common Core Standards

To add to the difficulty with the transition for mathematics, we are being asked to teach the new standards while using the same old textbooks. Yikes!

While this may be a difficult thing to do, it is not impossible!

I have created proposed pacing guides for grades 3, 4, and 5. These pacing guides identify lessons in the enVision textbook that are not Common Core Standards, and thereby can be skipped over. Additionally, the Topics (and even the individual lessons) have been arranged in an order to improve the flow of instruction, creating a coherent “story”. 

See the pacing guides here.

Some questions you may have:

  • Why only grades 3, 4, and 5? What about TK though 2?
Because TK through 2 use consumables, we are now purchasing materials that are already perfectly aligned with the Common Core Standards. We will, however, have to agree upon benchmark assessments at a later date. At least the TK through 2 teachers don't have to worry about using and old textbook to teach new standards.
  • Will the report cards align with the new standards?
Nope. Not hardly at all. The 2013-2014 will be a bit messy when it comes to the report card. Once the new Common Core-aligned textbooks are purchased in June, 2014, the report cards can be accurately revised to reflect the new standards and the order in which they will be taught.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment!