I use the curriculum my District has adopted, materials from other sources to compliment the areas my students need reinforcement in and my collection of thematic activities.
When I was completing my portfolio for National Board certification, I learned to give each portion of the question a color. Then as I answered the question, I color coded each part of the answer to make sure that I gave a complete answer.
I applied the same strategy to seeing how my classroom work is measuring up to implementing the Common Core.
I printed 20 sheets of these labels. (Avery 5167 - return address labels)
So as I teach and work my way through the teacher’s manual, the theme binder and literacy station lesson plans, I stick a label in themargin or on the back side.
Now that we have completed 9 works of school:
I can see by looking at the label sheets which standards I have used more than others
I can also see which standards have been neglected. If there aren’t opportunities to cover them in the curriuculum I know that I need to find a way to include them for my students.
I can see if my theme projects and literacy stations follow a logical learning progression.