my new best friend #CommonCore

My last day of school was Monday. It was bittersweet for me because my oldest daughter is leaving my building and starting high school in the fall. I have absolutely no idea how that happened so quickly! I know she will be wildly successful. And I also know I will miss her terribly!

Tuesday was filled long "to do" lists. Our department scrambled to get things organized for the fall. And our building work day ended with a luncheon. We said our farewells, enjoyed salads from Chili's, and finished evaluations.

And then my Algebra PLC buddy and I headed to her classroom. We joined another pair of teachers from the junior high across town. My new best friend?!? Common Core State Standards. Who else is with me? Are you spending time this summer working with CCSS? Math, literacy, or both?

We have worked 3.5 days and accomplished these details: Organized standards into units, created a sequence, outlined competencies per unit with aligned standards, and created a pacing guide for the year. Today we were able to dive into our first unit and determine the details for the questions we want on our assessment. And that's where we stopped this afternoon. We're hoping to pick up speed during the assessment writing process. Any helpful hints?!?

I'm super excited for a long holiday weekend!
Enjoy...make it count!



  1. What curriculum do you use?

    1. We don't use a particular curriculum. We do use a textbook for some homework. But as for quizzes, tests, etc. we create our own assessments. In particular we are working with CCSS for Accelerated Algebra 1. Long hours in the summertime. ;)

  2. Lisa,
    I was looking through blogs on TPT and found you! I teach at the junior high across town (LJHS). Of course common core has become my summer best friend. Love your blog super cute. I'm your newest follower. Have a great weekend.
    Special Teaching in the Middle

    1. Those are some crazy odds! Thanks for stopping by my little home in blog land. :)