English language arts teacher, Kent, WA
I have a confession. I’m a poser. Members of my English department see me as a Common Core expert. “Nathan, you have been to multiple district Common Core trainings, you’re aligning your lesson plans to the standards, you even blog about the Common Core, surely, you must be an expert.” It’s a flattering compliment. I never claimed to be an expert, but a novice at least. Well the truth is I am neither, just a lowly (gulp), Common Core expert poser.
Last month I attended a professional development sponsored by the Washington Education Association (WEA) with my PSTL colleagues Maren Johnson, Lindsey Stevens, Kelly Pruitt, and other educators across the state. For two days and sixteen intensive hours of training, we were vetted to see if we could hack it as Math or ELA Common Core trainers. I came into the training feeling confident that I knew the basics of the Literacy standards fairly well. I was wrong.
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