That's a pretty deep title! Really, it just means that we are done with the first trimester and moving on to the second trimester tomorrow. I don't feel ready, but my report cards are DONE and ready to be printed. I am done with testing for now and can get back to some actual teaching tomorrow! I'm excited for that.
I made the big change last week with our schedule and I think I like it. It feels weird to do math in the morning, but we have the whole rest of the day for language arts. By the time we get to the afternoon, the kids are pretty squirrely, but I hope they are still with it enough to do reading groups. I have spent the last 2 weeks assessing during my group time, so it will be so nice to get back to doing reading groups. And we were actually able to do some fun little social studies things in the afternoon. Let's hope that continues!
So, I'm not digging common core. Am I alone in this feeling? My kids came in so low this year and we are working hard, but I feel like I keep being force fed common core stuff that my kids can't do independently. I had a conversation with our TOSA (who has less teaching experience than I do) about Common Core and how my kids aren't doing well without a lot of direct instruction (because as he puts it, they don't need as much DI as they do working it out for themselves) and he said that it's a shift in philosophy. Um, my philosophy is to teach kids, not let them flounder. I think my new approach will be to close my door and teach my kids. They need to learn! If they don't have good background knowledge, then how are they going to figure it out for themselves? Someone please help me here! Am I way off base? I know I don't totally understand Common Core and in fact, I signed up for a class to help me figure it out. Either I'm missing something, or Common Core is missing something!
Speaking of class, I should probably go and look at it again and try to figure some things out. I have 8 days left in November to teach. And we have a lot to do in a short time. Let's say freak out and panic, shall we?! Happy Monday all!