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The flexibility that is offered in this book will put any teacher at ease that is currently trying to work their way thru teaching the Common Core. I am confident that after reading this book I will be able to start teaching my students not standards!!
As I sat down to read Hacking the Common Core, my perspective was different because I teach and reside in a state that does not use the Common Core Standards. I quickly learned that it didn't matter. Even though the Common Core is discussed thoroughly in the book, the premise of the book can be applied to any educator teaching in the standard-focused era. The book clearly helps the reader see the importance and value of the standard but does so while still pushing educators to do more. I found myself analyzing my instructional practice as I read the book. Lifelong learning is so important and this book will help educators continue on their path of learning.
Fisher's book is practical. I loved that aspect of it. As educators, we need practicality. Each chapter follows a similar path which, for me, was very enjoyable. I knew as I read the "Hack" from each chapter that I would soon read an easy-to-follow set of steps to help me institute this new strategy or instructional practice in the classroom. In addition, the book delves into those reflex mechanisms we have that say "no, this will not work". Fisher calls it "overcoming pushback". Sometimes that "pushback" will be from within ourselves and other times it will be from our peers. Either way, Fisher develops good points to fight against that "pushback" with practical solutions. Lastly, each chapter has a "Hack in Action" section which helped me tie the whole hack together. I could see how and why this hack was important. It helped me push myself to want to do it.
Overall, I think this is a book that all educators should read. As educators, we need to be thinking about our instructional practices. For every lesson, we should be analyzing why we do what we do. If you are stuck in a rut or simply need a boost, this book will help you. I commend Michael Fisher for his dedication to students and his desire to see the standards taught in an engaging and meaningful way. Fisher wrote, "If you want to use Common Core effectively, I don’t suggest that you could make these changes; I suggest that you must make these changes.” I couldn't agree more!