Like me, you’ve probably noticed that almost every educational website or email you read is talking about Common Core State Standards resources. And rightly so. These standards have and will continue to have an impact on our schools and classrooms. So with all the choices available, whom should you trust? And which resources really offer the guidance you’re looking for?
To begin with, I always want to know the purpose of the resource. Is it to sell, to inform, or to teach? Although there will certainly be times when purchasing materials or resources may be important to me, right now I’m still convinced that I need to be a student of the standards. I need resources that expose the gaps in the standards, put them into plain language, and unpack the technical terms. I also appreciate the sources that address the myths that are often perpetuated by the standards: in other words, knowing what they aren’t is just as powerful as knowing what they are.