Common Core is somewhat like fast-food. You know what to expect once you have taught using a Common Core Teachers Plan.
I typically go to staff lounges during lunch and speak with the teachers who eat at that time. Although the conversations manage to touch on Common Core complaints if I stay in the room long enough I like to bring up the issue to get their responses.
The more I substitute teach the more I am becoming a supporter of Common Core. Where teachers complain it restricts their freedom to teach what they know and what they feel is best for the kids, Common Core requires them to follow Lesson Plans using the various Journey books and other materials provided under the Common Core program. From my experience so far, teachers do add additional resources, videos and other teaching tools, but the basic Lesson Plan is founded in Common Core.
Although I would agree that the recommended teachings in Common Core can be overwhelming, it does help me as a substitute since I can look forward to a similar teaching experience in every classroom I teach in. Kids may be at different levels depending on their abilities, but as long as their homeroom teachers are using Common Core as their main tool, substitute teachers should be able to identify pretty quickly from earlier experiences.
Imagine how difficult it can be for a substitute teacher to walk into a classroom and be expected to teach something they have no clue about. Although this can happen with Common Core also, there is a strong chance the sub has already seen what is being taught in a previous teaching engagement at another school.
How do you feel about Common Core? Are you a teacher, substitute, parent of student?