A Day in the PARCC

Oh my goodness….

You know how it is when you go to an in-service and by the end of the day your brain is fried?

Yeah, that’s me.

Today we had our first Language Arts Department meeting with our new assistant principal.  We learned so much and got so much information and I want to process it all right now.  

We spent the whole day talking about going full-blown, hard-core Common Core this year and PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers).  I can’t even put what I learned into coherent terms right now because it was so much.  The PARCC website has so many examples and resources. (Highlights we looked at include: task prototypes, model content frameworks, and classroom resources.)

I have a bad habit of coming home from in-services and getting totally overwhelmed, frustrated, and flustered.

I almost feel like if I don’t look at my notes right now I will forget things.

I also feel like I can’t possibly comprehend everything at this hour and after I’ve been using my brain all day.

I know I need to sit on this information for a few days, take a dozen deep breaths, and come back to it later this week when I have some alone time.

However…..because I am me, I just sat down and printed some of the things that interested me most.  I can’t help it. I will feel better when it is all neatly organized in a binder, ready for me to process this weekend.

But for now, my time is up.  The kids are ready to watch a little t.v. and have a snack.

Before I go,  I want to share one special thing that I found to be totally awesome-sauce (Shout out to Follower 100 who is probably sitting back reading this thinking how wonderful retirement is!)

8 responses

  1. I hope this core curriculum goes away. I think it’s crap

    1. I think many people do!

  2. Melanie, I have created a PARCC Aligned Curriculum and Assessment Planner that marries the PARCC Framework and the PARCC Assessment Blueprints. There is a planner customized and available for each grade. I have written several blogs on the planners, but you read about the first release on my website at http://partnerinedu.com/2013/06/25/releasing-parcc-aligned-curriculum-assessment-planners/. I have updated them since that time. They are in PDF Adobe forms so you can enter text into the cells as you plan for instruction and assessment. I am running a sale on them through the end of August. Go to my Shop and enter the code b2s2013 for a 50% discount off of your complete purchase.

    Also, I am available for guidance…just drop me a line.

    1. This looks really good! Thank you for commenting and sharing. I am using the Extended Standards for special education but this may be very helpful for others!

  3. This sounds so much like me! I have to put everything in my own words so I can process. Thanks for the tips.

    1. It worked! I am already thinking with a clearer head today!

  4. Follower 100 was reading, but oddly enough was excited to read info on the link. That kind of organization thrills me! haha I wonder when I will stop caring about what happens in the classroom.

    1. Haha! I thought you might swing that way. It was weird to not have you there today. You would have appreciated the day!

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