Common Core: The Blessed Textbook Conflict


We started working because the textbook stopped.

When we started the process to realigned our curriculum to the Common Core, we noticed that our textbook, which previously aligned to the Michigan Merit Curriculum, stood no chance against the Common Core State Standards. This forced us to make several decisions: First, were we going to replace the textbook with a new one? Second, were we going to keep the textbook and, in a sense, align the CCSS to the book?

After much discussion, we decided to do neither.

And it was the best decision we ever made.

It forced us to meet, research, collaborate, decide, create, experiment, reflect, analyze, adjust, and all sorts of other verbs that show up on the top of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

We are fighting through this year. We have reflected on the lesson’s we’ve learned. It hasn’t been easy. But our geometry team, which includes three teachers, has invested in a product that has resulted in some of the most intense and effective professional development that has forced us to have real conversations about student engagement, assessment, grading procedures, class structures, and all sorts of other goodies.

And none of it would have happened if we went with the textbook.

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