My district is getting us ready for Common Core. We are going to be fully implementing it during the 2014-2015 school year. Lots of changes are coming, though. We're moving away from using our language arts adoption as the end-all be-all for teaching kids reading and writing (this makes me very happy, actually)! Many of the stories in our Anthology aren't very good; therefore, I'm constantly having to supplement the program with books that we used when we were teaching guided reading. We had training over the past two days for Common Core. Many teachers are excited, some are nervous, and others have said, "I'm retiring as soon as it's implemented!" I'm excited about having some really in-depth conversations here on AtoZ because we'll all be teaching the same standards (I think three states opted out of Common Core???) The technology part of Common Core is making me a little anxious, though. Each classroom in my district only has two computers (I'm some classrooms, both computers don't even work)! We'll see how this plays out, though. Okay, enough rambling!