Gaetan Pappalardo teaches third grade in West Deptford, NJ and is a regular blogger for Edutopia. His first children's book, Louie Licks and the Wicked Snakes, was released in Fall 2011.
For the last three months I've been aligning and adding the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to all of my lesson plans
"CCSS has pushed me to push my students two, three, four levels above their heads."
"Teachers have been teaching for a long time in a NCLB mind-set -- shallow, watery skills and memorized facts to pass a test at the end of the year."
"Time is needed to turn the ship away from the iceberg. And it's a big ship, my friends."
"Millions of students need to be rewired. Time, time, time. Time is needed for deconstruction and reconstruction of the student and the teacher.