+ I used to limit the activities that require a lot of speaking/sharing opportunities (possible chaos), but now I realize the importance of student-led discussions and speaking opportunities.
+ I used to teach subjects more independently, but now I integrate math, reading, and writing into science and social studies.
+ I used to be afraid of Common Core, but now I am a little more comfortable. I used to fear Common Core, but now I am excited about the prospects! I used to be scared of Common Core, but now I believe I can do it! I used to fear Common Core, but now I am excited!
+ I used to kick and scream about Common Core, but now I realize and actually see the greatness in my students through Common Core.
+ I used to have random questions/discussions for my lessons, but now I plan meaningful, thought-out questions to extend my students thinking and comprehension.
+ I used to think Common Core was just another educational theory that would be used for a few years then discarded for something newer, but now I realize that this has the potential to now only improve student learning but also give teachers freedom to do what they are good at….teach!
+ I used to plan, but now I plan with more purpose.
+ I used to think research projects had to be long and complex with many steps, but now I know they can be short and simple for elementary.