Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Organizing my Common Core lessons

Common Core is a work in progress for me.  My district is in the process of adopting it, and the state is making their own modifications to the original standards, but PA's Dept. of Ed. still lists the standards as "DRAFT" -- This makes me uneasy, but I am doing my best. 

A few years ago, I created a checklist that helped me make sure I was teaching specific skills and covering everything.  I used it like a bar I checked off the skills I taught, I got a quick visual of what I knew I was covering more than not.  I took the 6th grade common core standards (Literacy only) and broke them down in to this document:

I'm still fine-tuning my use of a document like this.  I sometimes struggle remembering to fill it out, but I can say that it is helpful when planning lesson plans.  My goal for next year is to add this checklist as a MUST DO activity before I can leave school. 

How do you organize your lesson topics for common core?  Does your district have a curriculum map for you to follow?  Ours has one, although I like to make sure I'm backing myself up with other documents since state and district-issued documents tend to be complex. 

EDIT: I was able to clean this document up and make it user-friendly for TpT (linked here, $2).