WIN BRAGTAGS®! – Common Core Discussion

14 Jan


Are you in a state that has adopted the Common Core State Standards? In 2014-2015, new tests will be administered, replacing the old state exams, to gauge whether teachers and students are meeting the goals laid out by Common Core. This is obviously a complex matter that warrants healthy discussion.

CCSS is a hot topic, and we’d like to know what you think. Please leave a comment on this blog post with your thoughts and opinions on the Common Core State Standards. How do you think it has or will affect you and/or your students. There are no right or wrong comments, we’d simply like to hear your opinion.

TWO LUCKY WINNERS will be chosen from the comments. So leave us a comment with your thoughts on CCSS, and you may WIN 100 BragTags® of your choice along with 24″ neck chains.

Winners will be announced January 22nd. 

Whether Common Core or a different state assessment, or a project all your own… we ‘re trying to make it easy to cost effectively motivate your students to achieve GREAT SUCCESS! Our powerful READING, MATH and LITERATURE BRAGTAGS work!

EVERY student deserves recognition, so it is our goal to make BragTags affordable enough for you to recognize and reward EVERY student in your school. Soon you will see how students clamor to collect these powerful motivators! Bring on the Common Core State Standards— you’re ready!




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30 responses to “WIN BRAGTAGS®! – Common Core Discussion

  1. Amelia Cook

    January 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    The CCSS are so complex. Many standards work well and most of my third graders are mastering them. Having taught fifth grade for many years and now teaching third, many standards that I taught my fifth graders, my little eight year old third graders are expected to master. These standards are very difficult for them. There’s going to be good and bad with everything. The important thing with these new standards is to teach deep and revisit them throughout the year. Keep calm and love their little hearts and minds!

  2. Lynne Slouka

    January 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    We are rolling out Common Core in my district. The learning curve is large. Some parents are confused and we are lacking needed materials. However, it is an exciting time of change.

  3. Diane R

    January 14, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    In theory, it’s a good idea. It’s hard to implement in fifth grade when they haven’t had CCSS in fourth grade because there are gaps. The rigor is very high.

  4. Kerri Quinn

    January 14, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I’m in NJ and yes we have the common core. I know how hard some teachers are struggling but at the high school level there are not really too many changes for math. I have more of an issue with how students are going to be tested than the actual material they need to learn.

  5. MJ

    January 14, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    The CCSS for kindergarten assumes the students know and have been exposed to more than they actually have. My high poverty students need a ton of preparation just to be ready to learn.


    January 14, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to comment. So interesting to hear what you have to say! Please keep the comments coming! You have your fingers on the pulse of our youth more than anyone!

  7. Brian Hopkins

    January 14, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I’m a Kindergarten teacher. The Math standards seem reasonable, but I hate that they left out things like patterns and recognizing coins. Reading what they are expecting these children to be able to do with Kindergarten even with support is crazy.

  8. Kelly Brown

    January 14, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    I teach Kindergarten and for the most part I am pleased. However, I do think there are some grade levels that will see holes in what the students have learned. I think it will take a few years to get it all worked out but for the most part I am pleased with the CCSS.

  9. JEssica Carter

    January 15, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Love that children moving from state to state are on same page. Dislike the developmentally inappropriate material for primary grades. However, using brag tag incentives makes the milestones a lot more fun to reach in math and reading!!!

  10. Michelle Wiggins

    January 15, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    CCSS in Kindergarten is NOT developmentally appropriate! They are also quite vague! One standard says students should know MOST of their letters and sounds, but then the writing standard says they must write a complete sentence with correct structure…Capital letter at the beginning and punctuation at the end! How can they write a complete sentence WITHOUT knowing the complete alphabet? CRAZY!!

    I also teach in a Title 1 school, so most of my kiddos haven’t even been to pre-k! Too much pressure on them to be able to read by the end of the year. =-(

  11. Caitlin Orsborne

    January 16, 2014 at 2:12 am

    We do not follow CC in VA, but have our own set of standard. I feel that having the standards is great, but the testing..ll well that is another story.

  12. gloria

    January 16, 2014 at 2:50 am

    we are not doing common core at our school. I think anytime more rules are placed on teachers, learning will suffer.

  13. Karen

    January 16, 2014 at 4:25 am

    My district does not use Common Core but I still purchase Teachers Pay Teachers products that teachers have aligned with CCS and use them in my class.

  14. Debbie Jackson

    January 16, 2014 at 11:44 am

    We are doing Common Core in Missouri and I think it will challenge teachers to reach higher standards

  15. Raquel Bogert

    January 16, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I love that students will be able to move from state to state and that the standards are the same where ever you choose to live. I do believe that some of the standards are not age appropriate. We need to consider where students are developmentally and not try to cram curriculum that they can not master not because they are not smart enough but because developmentally are not ready for that kind of material.

  16. Jaime

    January 16, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    The CCSS are hefty! We are slowly making the switch….new math curriculum has been bought in our district and our ELA support staff are helping us with our instruction to make a better fit our kids with the CCSS in the ELA area. The CCSS drives us to make our kids become thinkers for themselves rather than us pushing them to just give us the answer. Now they have to show much more evidence. 🙂

  17. rebecca

    January 17, 2014 at 12:56 am

    I think it will help make everyone more accountable for what students are learning.

  18. Briana L.

    January 19, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I think that education should be as individualized as each student. Children all learn differently, and we aren’t truly reaching our students’ individual learning styles through CCSS. I also find many of the lessons inappropriate for any age. Teaching children to pass tests is not preparing them for their academic future. The kids need to be able to learn and retain what they have learned by mastery, not by being pushed through the system. Public education needs a complete overhaul and CCSS is NOT the way to do it. It is frustrating for students, teachers, and parents.

  19. Jen W

    January 20, 2014 at 2:20 am

    I’ve heard about them, but we don’t have them in my state.

  20. Jana

    January 20, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    We do not use common core. In Texas we follow TEKS. Most of the products I purchase follow CC and I feel our TEKS are similar …….. Both are very rigorous and challenging!

  21. becky

    January 20, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Common core is going to be eye opening to our students and teachers. Our students are no where near ready for common core.

  22. Tanya

    January 20, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    We are doing common core and it is very challenging! It has been a big change for teachers, students, and parents.

  23. Kahla

    January 21, 2014 at 12:01 am

    We have not adopted common core here, but I have a lot of friends in other states on both sides of the fence!

  24. Dianne rollo

    January 21, 2014 at 12:02 am

    I would love to win the brag tags!

  25. Tina

    January 21, 2014 at 12:07 am

    As a teacher, I don’t understand why certain standards were moved from grade levels and placed with another. For example, counting by 5’s was removed from kindergarten and placed in first grade, as well as, identifying coins and values. Yet kindergarten students are required to decompose numbers up to 30 (for exceeding the standard) and write an equation to show understanding. Then there are the word problems with missing quantity and such. Really, let’s take away memorization tasks and expect a kindergarten to logically think through problems and support their thinking. I’m not saying 5 year olds can’t do these things, but some of the new kindergarten standards are very indepth.

  26. Tammi hicks

    January 21, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Love these things!!

  27. Teresa

    January 21, 2014 at 12:44 am

    We are in the process of a “bridge” year before we have full implementation next year. I am concerned about how year end testing will take place with CCSS.

  28. Nadine

    January 21, 2014 at 12:54 am

    I have conflicting opinions about Common Core. I appreciate the universal idea; I question the funding for materials needed, teacher training, and whether the standards are developmentally appropriate.

  29. Concerned

    January 21, 2014 at 1:19 am

    My state has implemented Common Core in lower grades, but not in my grade level yet. I like the idea, or at least the presented idea, behind Common Core. They are presented as standards that delve deeper into creative and critical thinking, as opposed to the rote memorization of the many of the current standardized tests. I have to say, especially as a teacher licensed in gifted education, I was truly excited about the idea of Common Core, and then I learned more. We are pushing into this far too quickly; the new tests are based on material beyond students reach. Not only that, but who is in charge of designing this new test? There’s always money, millions to be found, in the test business. I’m also concerned about the loss of local control, federal stipulations, and eventual federal or private takeover. Lastly, the testing requirements are still unknown. There are two tests that have been discussed. The one I’ve heard about most is the PARCC. Some of the evaluation requirements seem pointless. Watch this video:
    My state’s standards are pretty rigorous. I would love to step away from teaching with tests in mind. Let me explore the creative and critical thinking of my students! If we can find good standards that are equitable to all students, I’d be behind them 100%, but I don’t believe Common Core is the answer.

  30. Andi

    January 22, 2014 at 2:31 am

    My state has implemented the CCSS. This year has been a real challenge because our students will be tested on a combination of our old standards, as well as the CCSS. There is so much content to cover and not enough time. I feel that the CCSS are very challenging and are not developmentally appropriate for my students. I’m also very concerned about the change in test format that will accompany our full implementation of CCSS next year. There is just so much change happening in education in my state right now. It adds a lot of stress to both the teachers and our students.


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