4 years ago1,000+ Views
Brad Vasil gives a realistic summary of how to approach the Common Core in the classroom. I've seen far too many questions about where to buy "Common Core books." It's up to us to get the word out that there's not such a thing, or rather, that almost any book can be used for Common Core-aligned instruction. Brad gives a great example of a teacher who did a unit using The Three Little Pigs. Instead of tossing that unit because it's not Common Core-aligned, increase the reader task so that it is. We need to remind teachers that the books we have in the library can still be used with Common Core, and we need to provide examples! Does your English department use Walter Dean Myers' Monster? Why not suggest research into the criminal justice system, or filmmaking? We did a unit on utopian societies in the United States when 7th graders read The Giver this year. Another point Brad mentions is teaching students about citation. Maybe your teachers are a little shaky on citing all the new media out there. Well, we've got that covered, and can provide lessons in the library or in a screencast! Finally, Brad notes that assignments should have a real world task or component. Again, I know librarians are all over this one! We have resources on our shelves or at our fingertips to help a stumped teacher with that part of the assignment. Hopefully, we're working with every department, and can brainstorm about cross-curricular projects, find another school to work with a class, or track down an expert to video chat with our students. Make an online flyer to let your staff know you are ready to help them meet their Common Core goals!