Originally posted by ElectricUniverse
reply to post by smyleegrl
Tell you what, is it possible that you, and the other 4th grader teacher can give us scans of all pages of the CCSS books that you have to use, and
then we can see for ourselves and decide for ourselves?
The problem is, many teachers might agree with much that is in these CCSS, and might not see anything wrong with it. After all, we have seen videos
in these same forums of teachers imparting into children for example to idolize Obama, and to the teachers, and the schools there was nothing wrong
I am not saying you are like this, but the fact is we don't really know you, except what you post in these forums, and your views sometimes do tend to
lean to the left, so there is always the possibility that you might think there is nothing wrong with what the CCSS are teaching.
The contents of the books might change, but as a teacher you should know that there are many ways to convey ideas, and even indoctrinate.
BTW, I am not trying to instult you or anything. I am just the kind of person that likes to see things myself instead of just be told what someone
edit on 25-5-2013 by ElectricUniverse because: (no reason given)
You didn't offend me, no worries. But I still don't think you understand that we don't have to use ANY CC books to teach. My county hasn't adopted new
books in a few years, since before the CC started. No one is giving us books and saying "Use these."
I don't have access to my computer right now (I'm on my iPad) but I will be happy to post a days worth of lesson plans for you to see. If I haven't
done it by Monday, please U2U me. I forget things sometimes. Bear in mind I teach first grade.
I don't really use textbooks at all. In reading lessons, I use trade books (like you buy at bookstores). In small reading groups, which are based on
the child's reading level, I also use trade books. So we might be reading Clifford books, for example.
In math I don't use books at all. Instead we use manipulatives to learn how to manipulate the base ten system. Lots of hands on activities, reading
graphs and data, working with geometric shapes and solids, learning to solve word problems, the like.
For writing, we focus on three forms of writing for the year. First is narrative, where students write about personal experiences. Next is writing to
inform, where they "explain" what they've learned or know about a topic. This year we had them write about the moon and why it goes through phases
(which was taught in Science at the same time). Finally we end with writing about a personal opinion. For this assignment they had to write about
their favorite game and explain why they liked that game. In each writing assignment, the main focus is getting the children to explain their thinking
and back up their thinking with details.
In science, we do lots of hands on experiments (my favorite part of the day
). For example, when we studied the phases of the moon the students kept
a moon journal. This was just them drawing what the moon looked like every night for the course of a month, so that they could see the phases for
themselves. Then we did experiments in class showing how the moon reflects the sun's light and why it appears to change shape. This unit culminated in
an after school activity (not mandatory) where I and a few of the astronomy professors from a nearby college brought our telescopes and had a moon and
star gazing party one night.
For social studies, I also use trade books that address whatever topic I'm teaching. For example, when discussing communities and how
families/communities are different around the world, I use books that feature stories from that country or culture. Then we compare how that culture
is the same and how it is different from our culture.
Are you a parent? Parents have the right to view a teacher's lesson plans, so if you are concerned about what's being taught...ask the teacher to
show what she's teaching. In my school we also have an open door policy, meaning parents are encouraged to come and observe a class whenever they
If this didn't answer your questions let me know and I'll get more specific. And don't worry, I think it's WONDERFUL that you care enough to want
evidence and proof. I'm happy to answer any questions and concerns you have, just remember though that I can only speak for myself.
25-5-2013 by smyleegrl because: (no reason given)