In Texas y'all we just have to be different! For example, we ride horses to school...haha just kidding, but I really have been asked that question before!
What I'm talking about today is curriculum. In Texas we don't use Common Core. Instead, we use TEKS: Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. They are very similar to the Common Core Standards. For example:
L.K.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaker.
Prints many uppercase and lowercase letters.
(17) Oral and Written Conventions/Handwriting, Capitalization, and Punctuation. Students write legibly and use appropriate capitalization and punctuation conventions in their compositions. Students are expected to:
(A) form upper- and lower-case letters legibly using the basic conventions of print (left-to-right and top-to-bottom progression)
The expectations are very similar which is why it KILLS me that we won't jump on the Common Core Band Wagon! Y'all have so many awesome resources already created and it would make things easier on everyone! But, what do I know? I'm just a silly Kindergarten teacher : P
45 of the states have adopted to use the Common Core Standards. Click HERE to see a map and who is using Common Core. The District of Columbia and 4 territories are using it too!
This summer I am really focusing on creating wonderful resources to use in my classroom and to share with YOU. I only sell products on TPT that I use in my classroom. I have long debated over aligning my products with Common Core standards since that it what so many of you are using in your classrooms. However, I felt like I was being a "faker" (haha) aligning my products with a curriculum that I don't follow in my classroom. I know that sounds silly, but that's how I feel! However, I have come to a decision. I am going to include the TEKS AND Common Core Standards on all of my products. I have spent the afternoon printing out the Common Core standards and will begin adding these to all of my Teachers Pay Teachers Products. I hope that this will help those of you in the other 45 normal states following the Common Core curriculum. I will let you know when everything is ready to go! : )
Let me know if you have any thoughts on Common Core!