Thursday, June 21, 2012

Introduction and a Freebie

I'm belly flopping into the world of educational blogs. Stand back because this could get messy! I'm not new to blogging. I've been writing a personal blog for over a year now as a way to share the highlights of my children's activities with grandmas, papaws, aunts, get the idea, but I don't think a readership of my family (despite the sheer number of them) counts.

Now my husband, a dairy farmer and fellow blogger, has convinced me to venture into the world of professional blogging. I don't know what he's thinking. I'm already MIA during the school year (can you relate???) and now he is encouraging me to disappear even further into the depths of the computer. Hmmm, perhaps I should be concerned...

The title of my blog came from the t-shirt slogan, .

With all the changes, social issues, lack of resources, and general educational upheaval, you would have to be crazy or fearless - or both! I think most teachers fall into the fearless category. Everyday I'm impressed with the dedication and passion of today's teachers. What makes us fearless education soldiers? Our love of children? Probably. Our passion for learning? Definitely. Or could it be that despite what everyone says we really do know what we are doing and are confident in our abilities? Absolutely!!

One area I enjoy is planning. I love planning and researching ideas which is how I splashed into the blogging world. I've been skulking around blogs for awhile now and gobbling up some real inspiration.

I'm now ready to give back a little. Like most of you I'm planning for August. I'm starting by tweaking all of my curriculum guides to match Common Core. We adopted Envision Math last year as well, so I started by aligning my guide with Common Core and Envision. Now I usually don't teach strictly from the book, so I'll be adding other activities that match the Topics but dig deeper into the standards. Can we say rigor? Yes, that's a catch phrase in our county as well. You can snag a copy of my Curriculum Guide below.

I apologize for the long post. Generally I keep it short to keep up with my 3 children.(Right now my one year old is trying to tackle my computer. Wonderful!)

Let me know if this is helpful. I'll be posting my language guide soon, so check back!



  1. We are moving towards common core in the fall and this is going to be a HUGE help for me. Thank you so much for sharing!!

    1. You're welcome! I'm glad it was helpful. I hope you will stop by again and thanks for the comment!!

  2. Wahoo! I am your first follower!

    I love the name of your blog and think that all 1st grade teachers must be fearless! =)

    Thank you for your great *freebie*!

    I would love for you to come visit me when you get the chance.

    Heather's Heart

    1. Thank you for the encouragement and I love that I have a follower! I just announced it to my husband and kids. They're excited too. I'm glad you liked the freebie. I can't wait to check out your blog.

  3. Thank you! This is very helpful! On your curriculum map, what does (T1), (T2), etc. stand for?

    1. In our county we have adopted the Envision Math series, so the T1, T2, etc refer to the different topics in the series (Topic 1, and so on.) Thanks for the question and I'm glad it was helpful!