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I am very much wanting to implement the common core in my classroom but just don't know how/where to begin. Can you direct me to the most important aspects of the core? I watch a lot of videos from Teaching Channel and have gained lots of ideas but jumping in is very difficult. Thank you.

Sep 14, 2013 2:02pm

I teach all subjects at the elementary level.

  • Common Core


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    • Sep 14, 2013 2:17pm

      In math, start with the major area of focus for your grade level (addition and subtraction at K-2 and multiplication/division and fractions for 3-5). Look for the key word "fluent" within the standards to know what procedural skills students are expected to demonstrate with fluency (fast and accurate). Also look for conceptual understanding that is required of concepts within the area of focus. Problem solving and application are also required for developed skills. Starting with these key ideas would be a great beginning!

      • Sep 15, 2013 7:18am

        Thank you for your answer. Can you tell me if the Common Core that is supposed to be guiding me is called "College-Career Ready Common Core Standards/PA (my state) Common Core Scope and Sequence"? I'm not even sure if I'm using the correct lesson planner or do most teachers go on-line -- and where?

        • Sep 15, 2013 4:05pm

          For literacy, it's well worth reviewing the instructional shifts (found here: These describe major points of emphasis-- affording all students an opportunity to work with complex text and its academic vocabulary, building a coherent body of knowledge through rich non-fiction text, and reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence.

          You can find the standards here: I would recommend reading the introduction as well as skimming the appendices. There is a host of information that explains the research behind the standards (and thus implications for instruction.)

          Another "jumping off" point would be to explore the close reading exemplar lessons here: and some others posted here: Pull a lesson for your grade level, carefully read the front matter, and go for it! It can really be a lot of fun!

          Good luck!