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Voices on the Common Core from Teachers Around the Country

Article | Published 1 May, 2013

These blogs are written by classroom teachers from around the country. Our teacher bloggers will be sharing their thoughts on the Common Core, their tips for incorporating it into lesson plans and more about how Common Core is working in their classrooms. We are so excited that these teachers are taking the time to blog here on Share My Lesson and we can’t wait to hear the perspectives they have to share. From a Rhode Island kindergarten teacher’s tips for creating activities aligned with the math standards to a Brooklyn high school English teacher’s dispatches from the field, there is sure to be something for everyone. This is just one more way for teachers to use Share My Lesson to connect with their colleagues across the country and around the world. If you’d like to give us any feedback, or if you’re interested in adding your voice to the blog, email us at

  • So What is Going on in Cleveland?
    Deborah Paden, Cleveland Teachers Union Teacher on Assignment for the AFT Innovation Fund
    Read the story of 19 teachers from Cleveland who came together to write Common Core-aligned curriculum units, with support from the AFT Innovation Fund. More…

  • Teaching Rigorous Text to Reluctant Readers Can be Difficult. Try This.
    Mary Arevalo, Literacy Specialist and Special Education Teacher in New York City
    “The critical thinking and close reading required in the new Common Core standards can take twice as long for students with Dyslexia, reading disabilities, speech and language issues and ADHD.” More…

  • Superhero opinion writing project for first graders
    Sandra Cappelli, Thinking Math K-2 Trainer in Rhode Island
    “I really wanted to get my first grade students excited about opinion writing, so I decided to have my students create their own superheroes.” More…

  • Five reasons to go to the AFT Teach (Together Educating America’s Children) Conference
    Mary Arevalo, Literacy Specialist and Special Education Teacher in New York City
    “When it comes to the Common Core, I often feel like I am getting half the story from my school and that there isn’t enough time to play with the standards. That is why I decided to go to Together Educating America’s Children (Teach) this summer.” More…

  • Letters from a Brooklyn High School #2: Argumentative essays and the Common Core
    Matt Posner, High School Teacher in Brooklyn, N.Y.
    “Here at my Brooklyn high school, we focused on argumentative essays in the English department this year. Why did we do that? Well, among other reasons, we did it because the Common Core loves argumentative essays.” More…

  • Common Core State Standards and special education students
    Pam Reynolds, Professional Learning Specialist for Douglas County School District in Colorado
    “I have been part of a team working on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and how they relate to special education students. I would like to share a process that I have found to benefit all students in a general education classroom, but especially those students on an Individualized Education Program (IEP).” More…

  • Implementing the CCSS: Decomposing a number
    Gina Richards, Kindergarten Teacher in West Warwick, R.I.
    “This is a simple chart that I use to hit upon many important math standards that any early grade educator can use to teach and reinforce decomposing numbers, writing expressions, using base ten, expanding the expression and using the commutative property of addition.” More…

  • Three easy steps to start Common Core implementation
    Sandra Cappelli, Thinking Math K-2 Trainer in Rhode Island
    “This is my second year of Common Core implementation and I am still trying to catch up. Although it has been an exhausting and challenging process, I now feel confident enough to share some advice on how to get started on implementing the Common Core.” More…

  • Number ChartImplementing the CCSS: Number charts
    Gina Richards, Kindergarten Teacher in West Warwick, R.I.
    “This is a number chart that I have been using for years. It has numerous uses throughout my calendar time.” More…

  • Letters from a Brooklyn High School #1: Meeting the Common Core Standards by getting kids to talk
    Matt Posner, High School Teacher in Brooklyn, N.Y.
    “Trying to teach kids as much as they can learn is often part of the way that we care about them most. People are drawn into teaching for a lot of reasons, but those who stay, stay for one reason above all: caring about the kids. They may make us angry, or make us smile; give us energy, or make us tired; make a day tougher, or make it easier; but whatever they do, kids are what we care about.” More…

  • Place ValueImplementing the CCSS: Place value
    Gina Richards, Kindergarten Teacher in West Warwick, R.I.
    “This is the place value chart I use as part of my calendar. This is the first year I have used ten rods and cubes. I usually use straws, but since the Common Core requires kindergarteners to learn and know how to use ten rods and cubes, I’ve made it a part of our everyday routine. I wasn’t sure how it would go, but I have to say, it’s the best thing I ever did.” More…

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