In its attempt to help teachers across New York transition to Common Core in ELA, NYSED has released curriculum modules aligned to the new standards. This likely isn’t news to anyone who frequents EngageNY, the CABOCES ISS calendar of offerings, or even your local Facebook newsfeed. What may be of news to teachers is the state’s message about how to use the modules. Move over “3 Rs” – thanks to the rollout of curriculum modules teachers now are hearing about the “3 As”: adopt, adapt, align. Not sure how this may impact you? Keep reading.
After working in several districts since the beginning of the year, I have seen many teachers at all grade levels K-9 using the Math Modules as a resource to teach to the Common Core Standards. Some teachers are using them as their primary resource while others are using parts of them; the fluency activities, application problems, and math models to develop conceptual understanding with their students. Many of us are learners as well as teachers, and it reminds us of our first year of teaching again!