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!