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Common Core for Middle School Woodshop Options
Posted: Sunday, June 9, 2013 12:01:01 PM
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As California and many other states enter the implementation of Common Core State Standards has anyone created a lesson? So far my district hasn’t given me any ideas. I did find this on line:

Any ideas of how to implement Common core into my Woodshop program would be greatly appreciated.

Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 1:37:32 AM
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I spent the last year looking at implementing common core with the other woodshop teacher in the district and I am concerned. As an example my principal was thrilled with reading the students were doing in my class, yet they were reading from a textbook that had a 1973 copyright she said this was a classic example of the use of reading for common core.
Even though common core doesn't become fully implemented until the 2014-2015 school year they are going to go ahead with it next year as their own beta test. We have been asked to look at implementing math, reading and writing within our own curriculum. The students in my class have all three of these content areas within my curriculum in my classes and have for several years and yet they have asked me to do more without any specific parameters. The state CTE framework doesn't offer any framework (especially for middle school)for common core.
I have asked for support from our instructional coach (new position created to support common core implementation)and was told they weren't sure how common core would be integrated into electives and to wait until the fall after the coaches went through their training and could figure a way to make it work.
I would be happy to share any lessons I develop as we go through this process. It's only fair since you have provided me a wealth of information from your website that I have used in my woodshop classes

Stephan Willner
Sequoia Middle School
Pleasant Hill CA
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 11:45:03 AM
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After listening to what our math, english, history etc teachers are going through with this "common core" I really feel bad for them. Nobody really knows what is going on.

On the other hand, I already teach math, language arts, science etc. in my classes. I will strongly resist any attempt to align my program with theirs. We are teaching the student basics and showing how it relates to the real world. I don't call it Alg I, Geometry etc its just math and learning how to work with numbers in general. I will be glad to help give examples to the math teachers for real world application so the students will learn better - just look at the Geometry In Construction program(do a web search) -- low performing students take that class and dramatically improve in their scores -- many times out performing the more advanced students.

Maybe they should take a look at Industrial Education courses and use them as the basis for teaching --

One final comment -- they make all of these changes -- at our school we have gone through Sadie, Siop, Tapple, now common core -- they don't see immediate results so they scrap it for another new buzz program. In reality -- its time to hold the parents and students accountable for spending time to learn instead of playing.

Currently the mentality is to teach only to a test -- not to have an education
Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013 1:21:53 PM
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The way my district explained common core to us "specialists" is that they want us to do as much reading, writing and math as possible in class and not "dumb down" any of those thing just because we are not english teachers.
I made the math people mad when I said "I'm still not letting them use a calculator to do math in my class"
Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 1:30:58 PM
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Hello all,
To help my teachers out with Common Core Implementation, I hire a literacy coach that works with three teachers a semester. This coach helps teachers create plans that integrate reading and writing into their curriculum. I am also planning on hiring a Math coach to implement the same ideas around the area of Math. I plan on introducing Geometry in Construction curriculum for next school year. The program was created by a math teacher and a construction teacher.
If you wan't to check out more information,
these guys are great. Hope this helps/
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