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Where have I been all your life? + Updates

By Dave Stuart Jr.

In case you didn't notice, last week we, the incredibly awesome, burgeoning community at Teaching the Core officially dominated the Common Core anchor standards.

And then, tragically, the almost daily, always magical posting stopped.

So what happened?

  1. I wrote about all 32 anchor standards, for crying out loud! I was spent. I needed some time to mentally recuperate…
  2. In Vegas?
    1. So, crazy story: my father-in-law decided to fly the whole family to Sin City for the weekend in honor of my sister-in-law's 21st birthday party. My brother-in-law, his wife, my sister-in-law, my father-in-law, my mother-in-law, my beautiful wife, my beautiful newborn daughter, and me: this was the motley crew that left for Nevada the day after I wrote about the final Language anchor standard, and we arrived home just in time for my high school's freshmen orientation.Let's just say that I noticed a lot about Vegas as a 28-year-old dad that I didn't notice as a 22-year-old recent college grad:
      1. If you're not there to see naked women (my wife and my newborn daughter and I weren't), you pretty much have to look at the sky to avoid them. They're on billboards, buses, taxi tops, magazines, t-shirts, skyscrapers, and the little cards that people creepily snap at you as you pass by on the street.
      2. Poker lessons are expensive! I got one in the poker room at Caesar's Palace. An Italian dude in a hoodie pwned me with two aces.
      3. Gambling is dumb.
  3. I'm preparing you for the much-reduced posting schedule of the school year (1-2 posts per week versus 4-6). Let's face it: the life of a full-time teacher who values his family and works slowly doesn't lend itself to mucho posties during the school year.
  4. I'm working on a little somethin' somethin' that's going to put the croosh back in crucial. Essentially, I'm trying to compile and clarify my learnings regarding the anchor standards this summer into a format that will be easier to share and read on multiple platforms. (Translation: PDF ebook — booyah!)

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