The Common Core: Diamond in the Rough?

Cheryl Dobbertin and I have teamed up again at Education Week to find joy within the Common Core. I don’t think it takes away from our message at all to say we have been working on this SINCE JANUARY– yet another symptom of the pure, hard slog up the mountain that this year has been for many educators, and certainly those in New York State. As if an average of 3 posts in the 2012-13 school year didn’t tip you off.

Right, so, I’ll make a deal with you, readers. If you leave a comment somewhere, it will remind me that I still have readers. (I put that in bold for you.) And perhaps The Line will travel with you through the July 1st implosion of Google Reader.  So I’ll have that going for me. Which is nice.

In return…but, you know, never mind. I’m not going to make posting contingent on your blog love; that isn’t fair.  Just know I’m gathering up my get-up-and-go for some more…regular…much more regular…posting, as Jose Vilson advises.

And thank you for your support

UPDATE: My old friends at Teaching The Hudson Valley have also posted some parts of the Ed Week piece, in part because their Summer Institute is focusing on sifting through the ambivalence surrounding the Common  Core. Check them out, especially if you live in New York or downstate. They are kick-ass. And, the picture of me isn’t bad.

12 thoughts on “The Common Core: Diamond in the Rough?

  1. Hi Dina,
    I found your blog thru the Classroom Practices group at Teaching Quality!!! And I really like what you’ve written about CCSS. I would love to hear more about the “joy” of ELA CCSS and how all this hard work has been invested.

  2. Yay! Somebody’s still reading! Thank you so much for leaving a comment. (And don’t you love the CTQ Collaboratory? I have to get a post up inviting people to participate over there.)

    The comments on the piece at Ed Week have been really thoughtful and constructively critical and I’ve tried to respond to them in all in detail, so if you haven’t done so yet, go take a peek at those.

    I have just (like, yesterday) gotten approval to run my first totally CC-aligned module off the NY Engage website in the fall, and I’m totally psyched. Even if it ends up a disaster (I don’t think it will), it will be an incredible learning experience and authentic test of the “joy” you mention. I plan to blog about it thoroughly– hoping to do a reflective post on it once a week. Heck, maybe the state will link here as a resource.

    Probably not. 🙂

  3. It’s not about the readers, but the reflection. Write about what you are passionate about and the followers will come. Social media helps;-). Hope you and your family are well, Dina.

  4. Right on as always, Alex– it’s only that it has been so terribly long. I’m glad to see people stuck with me in what a colleague has kindly called “taking a step back.” We are all well, and wish the same for Tara and your beautiful little people.

  5. You won me when Dan Meyer said you are a must-read. You set the hook with the Bartles & Jaymes reference. Right now I’m using twitter as a de-facto Google Reader replacement. Will use the next 8-9 days to see if that’s really the best course.

  6. */me waves*

    Does every time I clicked on your blog the last few months count?

    (The Common Core, btw, is killing us here in Jersey now. Diamond in the rough? Fair enough. I didn’t go into this business to waste hours cutting diamonds for the Coleman and Broad Jewelery Company.)

  7. Welcome, Jared. Dan has always been kind to me and it is much appreciated. Are you of the Bartles and Jaymes generation?

    Are many folks using Twitter as their replacement, do you think? Do I have to get on Twitter? For the fourth time? ::cries::

  8. I’m here, Dina. I switched over to Netvibes months before. Write passionately and they will come. 🙂 Thank you.

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