Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Diving into Common Core (with What I Pinned Wednesday)

Are you getting ready to dive into Common Core? Well here in TN we are! For the next few days I'm going to be sharing ideas, resources, and possibly even a freebie! We'll call it Diving into Common Core!

We'll start with this....

I have to admit, I'm kinda excited about it. I think it is great that 45 states and 3 territories have adopted CCSS (Common Core State Standards) for several reasons.

1) Having equal standards means that all states are required to teach the same material. This means that comparing TN to Florida for example, will finally actually be fair. ---Now, I KNOW there are still some disadvantages in this: kids are not the same, schema may not be the same, etc. But to be fair, this isn't even the same school to school in the same community!
2) Having equal standards means that testing across states will be fairer than it ever has been before.
3) If a teacher living in one CCSS state decides to move to another state that has adopted CCSS they will not have to learn a whole new set of standards (unless they move grade levels), therefore making the standards teacher-friendly.
4) It allows us to DIVE DEEPER into the standards.

Since today is Wednesday... and I'm loving pinterest... I'm going to share a few of my Common Core finds on Pinterest. Most of these are free resources that you will most definitely want to check out if you are a teacher in one of the 45 states and 3 territories going on this adventure.

 This first resource is the K-5 Math Teaching Resources website. It has tons of FREE math activities, divided into Number, Geometry, and Measurement/Data! It is very organized and you could easily find tons of great resources to use in your classroom!  I definitely recommend checking out this website. (click on the picture to be taken directly to the website.)
 This resource is great for KINDERGARTEN teachers. Mrs. Jump- we all love her right!- has created printable "I Can" statements that we can just print and use for each CCSS. Talk about making it easy!

Donna over at Peace, Love and Learning has created this awesome resource for us kindergarten teachers, but I did see one for 2nd grade while I was on here site as well. This is a great free resource that you can print out and pass out to parents so they know what their child will be learning... or you could do what I plan on doing and put it in your standards binder because I don't think there would be anything better than seeing this cute clipart while studying your standards! Thanks Donna! 

The final pin I have for you today is this great website I have to share today is "Math Playground." This website has math games that your students could play during computer center. A great free resource!

To check out more of my pins, head on over to my pinterest page by clicking the icon below!


  1. Great pins- thank you for introducing me to peace love and learning-wow!

  2. Thanks for sharing the common core resources that you have found. My grade level is beginning common core next year & any resources are helpful!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. Thanks for sharing. While my state hasn't adopted the CCS, my district has so I am diving in and trying to come up with resources and activities to use in my classroom.

    ✪ Miss W

    Miss W Teaches

  4. We started using Common Core last year and I LOVE it! I love that we can spend so much more time really getting the kids to have a deeper understanding of the standards.

    I am your newest follower! I hope you'll check out my new "manly" blog!

    Smedley's Smorgasboard of Kindergarten

  5. Hi!!

    I am having a 4th of July giveaway of my K-2 journal/notebook printables and would love if you would stop by!! I think you will like it as it's all driven from Common Core.

    Tales From a Traveling Teacher

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog :) I truly appreciate it!! I tried responding to you via email, but unfortunately your blog isn't set up to do that :( if you need help to change that I just blogged about it :)


    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class
    I hope that you'll join me for my giveaway ♥


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