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Not freaking out about the Common Core is kind of like carrying a pig. Hi, I’m Dave: husband, dad, full-time teacher, writer, and speaker. Let me show you around.

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The Community

By far the coolest thing about Teaching the Core is the community of people who read, comment, and interact on social media. These are a special breed of educators. They refuse to freak out about edu-change. They don’t have time or energy to expend on Chicken Little antics. Put another way, the Teaching the Core community is one that is dedicated to one thing: the promotion of long-term student flourishing. When a kid leaves our class or school, we want them to be optimally prepared to live a choice-filled life.

The Common Core Literacy Standards

So what, then, does this community have to do with the Common Core? The Common Core allege to aim at one thing: college and career readiness. From K-12, the literacy standards describe a skill progression that results in the kind of robust, authentic literacy that an adaptible, 21st century citizen will need to flourish. And so we have a community of baller educators from every grade level and subject area, all coming together around these standards. We ask critical questions, like:

  • What do the standards say?
  • Which of the standards matter most?
  • Are these standards worthy of inclusion in our curricula?

My newsletter

Before I let you go so you can read and prepare for action (again, I’d recommend starting with the best of Teaching the Core), I’d like to invite you to join the movement of teachers who refuse to freak out about the Common Core by subscribing to free blog updates. I use the newsletter to share awesomeness, update you on new blog posts, and offer generous encouragement throughout the year. You can unsubscribe at anytime, but I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

I just want to finish by saying that I started this blog for you–the educator who wants to maximize every minute with kids. I know how hard you work. I know how passionate you are to see your students flourish, not just in your classroom but for the rest of their days. I do my best to respond to all emails (it’s been getting tougher as the blog gains in popularity, but I will always do my best!), and I do not hold myself above anybody. I’m not special–I’m just a dude who, like you, busts his tail to improve his craft for the long-term good of his students. Thanks so much for your support, and if you’ve made it this far, I’d love for you to come say hi to me on the Teaching the Core Facebook Page or via Twitter. I look forward to meeting you :) Cheers.