The Common Core State Standards reach beyond reading and writing to address speaking and listening.
Through the Literacy Design Collaborative, I'm seeing lots of potent work on these skills, with students becoming more able to do this work and teachers developing new insights into what further support and challenge students will need.
Writing is the mode on which the assessments are being built. The CCSS's impetus to integrate reading and writing across all subject areas drives the dismissal of classes only using textbook-driven instruction...and their mirrored counterparts in current state testing. Textbook instruction often presents one type of question and one mode of learning--the CCSS assessments want to encourage a social component to learning that is integrated with ample opportunities for students to read and write.
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The 22 state testing consortia PARCC issued guidelines this week included more advice about access. PARCC also became an independent nonprofit.
District and school administrators should pay attention to the The PARCC Assessment Administration Capacity Planning Tool. In short:
There are nine testing sessions lasting about 9 hours for middle grades, 10 hours for high school.Schools will have a maximum of 20 school days to administer the Performance Based Assessment (PBA) and 20 school days to administer the End of Year Assessment component (EOY).Broadband requirements won’t be greater than 100 kbps (which is what SETDA recommended as a minimum in Broadband Imperative)The capacity planning tool offers detailed guidance on device access based on testing plans.
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We are all familiar with the idea of service in communities and service in schools. Service learning, however, has distinctive aspects that separate this pedagogy from what we often call “community service” or “project-based learning.” With high-quality service learning, students:
Increase academic rigor through relevance and application of content and skillsParticipate in social analysis as they investigate an authentic community need, typically through action research using media, interviews, surveys, and observation More
"Recently I took a class through the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program. Since I often write about historical topics, I wanted to learn more about the collections at the Library of Congress (LOC). I was amazed at their massive online collections which contain documents, maps, newspapers, images, sound recordings, sheet music and much, much more. While searching the LOC website I found myself getting lost in a fascinating world of primary sources—a real treat for a nonfiction author."
Accountable Talk Read Alouds are read alouds that increase student talk and get students comfortable with having independent academic conversations with their peers. During these read alouds, students have a buddy that they sit next to and talk with during read aloud time.
The Common Core’s Anchor Standard 6 for writing in grades K–12 requires students to “use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others” (emphasis mine). Here are some ideas for meeting this standard (besides the obvious use of technology—word processing).
During a two-hour visit, Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, and State Education Commissioner John King sat in on an English class and watched sixth-graders identify specific words that illustrated the theme of a poem about mushrooms. In a math class, they saw five students present different solutions for the same problem, then heard the teacher explain that one strategy of problem-solving might make more sense for one student, or in one situation, than another.
3 Digital Tools For Common Core Academic Vocabulary by Susan Oxnevad first appeared on gettingsmart.com The Common Core identifies six instructional shifts needed to effectively implement the standards…...
AwesomeStories is a gathering place of primary-source information. Its purpose - since the site was first launched in 1999 - is to help educators and individuals find original sources, located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created web sites.
Sources held in archives, which document so much important first-hand information, are often not searchable by popular search engines. One needs to search within those institutional sites directly, using specific search phrases not readily discernible to non-scholars. The experience can be frustrating, resulting in researchers leaving key sites without finding needed information.
AwesomeStories is about primary sources. The stories exist as a way to place original materials in context and to hold those links together in an interesting, cohesive way (thereby encouraging people to look at them). It is a totally different kind of web site in that its purpose is to place primary sources at the forefront - not the opinions of a writer. Its objective is to take the site's users to places where those primary sources are located.
Through written guidance sent to schools last week, school administrators learned that all third- to 11th-grade students will take nine online tests - each around an hour in length - for English and math under the new testing system.
Five of the nine will be in English, and four will be in math. Those tests will replace the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests in the two subjects. Students now take one test in English and one in math.