When my son first learned to ride his two wheeler bike-the day we took the training wheels off was a day of wobble. He rode his bike through the grass-it was much softer to land on than the concrete. He still needed support-someone holding on to the back of the bike as he tried to catch his balance. And catching his balance and doing all the things it takes to ride a bike with smoothness and automaticity just weren't there for quite a few days once those training wheels were off. Some take-offs ended in spills, and some ended in thrills! In no time at all, he became a fluid biker-out on the road with fears of failing cast aside-I still hold my breath sometimes but for the most part, he's become a great bike rider!
The point to my bike riding story is this:
Maybe, just maybe, with the implementation of the CCSS you are feeling...
- Out of sync
- Unsure of which way feels smoother
- Wobbly and unsteady
- planning is taking a lot longer
Maybe, just maybe, you need support!
- Talk to your colleagues
- Seek ideas from others in the profession
- Join a tweet chat or blog about the new standards
- Join the Common Core group here at Thinkfinity!
Don't let the Common Core wobble get you down-it will become more familiar and easier to implement as time goes on...it just takes practice-automaticity builds over time and experience! Set goals so you are able to move ahead with your learning of the new standards for both you and for your students!