Whether you are a teacher or not you have probably heard about the Common Core Standards. The Common Core Standards are an attempt to have the same learning standards across our nation. Some of them make sense while some of them are not so sensical. The standards are upping the game, so-to- speak, for our students. As part of the Common Core process educators are encouraged to use "I can" statements to explain to the students the objective of the lesson. This is not a terrible practice but sometimes it seems silly to say "I can" personally I liked "I will" better. (But no one asked me!) As I sat in my classroom tonight I looked around at all the work that had been put into making my classroom feel comfortable and cheery and I became focused on my "I can" bulletin board. I started to think, "I can get through meet the teacher night," "I can make a difference this school year," I can continue to grow as an educator," "I can be a positive role model for students," and the list goes on and on. Either I have been entirely brainwashed by the Common Core or the practice of thinking of what "I can" do to meet an objective actually has some merit. I challenge you if you are feeling down or overwhelmed to put things into small objectives or goals and think of them as "I can." See what the Common Core can do for you!
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A bit about me:
I am who I am thanks to God, my parents, my family, and my friends. My life is driven by faith. Oh, and I am a cancer survivor.