Pathways to the Common Core is organized so you can choose to read it cover to cover at one time or read individual chapters that focus on the reading, writing, or speaking/listening and language standards. I chose to read the book in its entirety because I always like to see the big picture first and then reread chapters to strengthen my understanding and focus. Now that I have read the entire text, I can see how the parts of the Common Core connect to one another and how the skills build upon each other for students.
I love that we are reminded in the introduction that we have the choice to either view the standards in a negative or a positive manner. This statement directly relates to the growth and fixed mindsets that we have been talking about so much lately as educators. We can either choose to complain and gripe about the standards OR we can choose to embrace the standards and use them as an opportunity to lift the level of our instruction in the best interest of students. I choose to embrace the standards and view them as an opportunity to strengthen teaching and learning.
If you haven't purchased Pathways to the Common Core yet, I highly recommend that you make a visit soon to Amazon or Heinemann! I'd love to hear your thoughts about this amazing professional resource we now have to help us unpack and embrace the Common Core Standards.
Happy Reading! :)