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The Digital Shift - On Libraries and New Media, powered by Library Journal and School Library Journal

The Digital Shift - On Libraries and New Media, powered by Library Journal and School Library Journal | college and career ready | Scoop.it
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Performance Assessment Re-Emerging in Schools | EdWeek Teacher

Performance Assessment Re-Emerging in Schools | EdWeek Teacher | college and career ready | Scoop.it

At Fresh Meadows Elementary School in New York City, 1st grade teacher Courtney Horan hands her student, six-year-old Wenika, a copy of the children's book Surprise Moon, by Caroline Hatton. Horan listens carefully as Wenika starts reading; this assessment will determine whether Wenika moves on to the next reading level.

 

The test isn't timed, but Wenika starts rattling off text like she's got somewhere to be. Recognizing that her student might be thrown off by the presence of a reporter, Horan tells Wenika to calm her nerves, slow down, and start again.

 

Wenika isn't the one to watch, however. That would be Horan, rapidly checking each word the child reads off a book transcript. When Wenika self-corrects, Horan marks that, too, while also watching to see if Wenika reads using syntax or visual cues.

 

The oral-reading portion requires a 96-percent accuracy rate as a prerequisite to advancing, but students aren't penalized if they self-correct. After the first 100 words, Horan instructs Wenika to read the rest silently.

 

When she finishes, Wenika is asked to retell the story as best as possible and answer a set of reading-comprehension questions. In the end, she nails the test, and advances to the next reading level. Even so, Horan walks her through a couple trouble spots from the selection and offers feedback.

 

Horan is using a performance-assessment practice known as running records—in this case, a version designed by the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City. The practice is designed to give young students a chance to demonstrate their reading skills and understanding as a teacher interacts with them and gauges their progress.

 

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"Learning to read well and do complicated math should be a shared expectation, not a dicey political dispute."

"Learning to read well and do complicated math should be a shared expectation, not a dicey political dispute." | college and career ready | Scoop.it

"Learning to read well and do complicated math should be a shared expectation, not a dicey political dispute. The Common Core standards for what students should know at each grade level — not just the facts, but how to think critically — will help prepare our nation for fierce global competition.

Wisconsin is already spending $23 million to implement new tests tied to the Common Core standards. Walker previously agreed to spend millions so the tests could begin next spring. Educators have spent tens of thousands of hours preparing for the more rigorous benchmarks, adjusting curriculums and teaching methods."


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Why Is It So Hard to Change How We Teach Math?

Why Is It So Hard to Change How We Teach Math? | college and career ready | Scoop.it
American students continue to fall behind international peers in math, but it's not for lack of trying different teaching methods.

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This is a fascinating and thought provoking article that should be shared with administrators all around. this kind of thinking could help promote the whole STEM focus that many educators are focusing on.

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NEA and AFT: Two Unions, One Voice?

NEA and AFT: Two Unions, One Voice? | college and career ready | Scoop.it
At their respective conventions in July, the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers often echoed one another.
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A Bird's-Eye View On Common Core Across The Country

A Bird's-Eye View On Common Core Across The Country | college and career ready | Scoop.it
With conservative commentator Glenn Beck renewing his fight against the Common Core State Standards, it's worth taking a bird's-eye view of the learning benchmarks. Where are they now being implemented, what challenges remain and what does the coming school year have in store?
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Maryland to use much harder #CommonCore #PARCC tests for high school graduation requirement

Maryland to use much harder #CommonCore #PARCC tests for high school graduation requirement | college and career ready | Scoop.it
Starting next year, students will face tougher requirements to graduate from Maryland's public high schools.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 24, 9:08 AM

Maryland is wise to "phase in" the assessments.


The tests, generally given by the time students finish the 10th grade, will be phased in starting with this fall's rising freshmen and sophomores.

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"The public and teachers are more divided than Democrats and Republicans."

When it comes to what constitutes a superb education in America, the general public and teachers have vastly different views, say Peterson, Henderson, and West in this book, a compilation of research reported originally in Education Next. Surveys fielded by over 5,000 teachers and members of the general public (2007–13) conclude that, overall, teachers and the public disagree most on issues pertaining to tenure, pensions, union efficacy, charter schools, school vouchers, and standardized testing.

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'Brute Force Filtering' is alive and well!

'Brute Force Filtering' is alive and well! | college and career ready | Scoop.it
A new report says Internet filtering in school libraries is blocking access to important educational content and undermining students from low-income households.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 24, 11:42 AM

What is 'over-filtering?'


"Over-filtering is filtering beyond the requirements of the actual statute...[T]he law only requires that visual images that are either obscene, or child pornography, or harmful to minors which [according to the law are] sexually explicit images that are legal for an adult to view but because of the subject matter have to be filtered by computers operated by schools or libraries. 

When you think about it, filters are filtering much more than [this] illegal content. They are filtering entire platforms like Facebook or Twitter, and YouTube, or they block access to certain view points.

We have documented situations where the filters are blocking access to alternative religions like wicca or pagaenism. There was a court case about the fact that a school was employing a filter that blocked access...[to] positive websites [discussing topics of importance to the gay community] like the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, [and sites that are supportive of] parents and friends of gays—while allowing access to sites that opposed gay marriage and opposed civil rights for homosexuals."

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6 Strategies for Funding a Makerspace

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Guest blogger Paloma Garcia-Lopez, Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative, provides six strategies for funding a makerspace.

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Guest blogger Paloma Garcia-Lopez, Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative, provides six strategies for funding a makerspace.


BUT provide the appropriate tools, NO "Leatherman" in electronics, excuse-me please!!!

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Start with Growth Mindset -- Here's How | Teaching the Core

Start with Growth Mindset -- Here's How | Teaching the Core | college and career ready | Scoop.it
Teachers interested in helping their students grow noncognitive skills may be confused on where to start -- in this post, I advocate for starting with growth
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Common Core: 5 Technology Tools To Measure Text Complexity

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Common Core: 5 Technology Tools To Measure Text Complexity
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Journalism Class and the Value of Project-Based Learning

Journalism Class and the Value of Project-Based Learning | college and career ready | Scoop.it
Journalism students know that what they do is important. But according to Jim Streisel, the 2013 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year, a student newspaper is really just a byproduct of the learning process.
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Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore

Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore | college and career ready | Scoop.it
Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg explains in an important post.
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Empathy: the Key to Social and Emotional Learning

Empathy: the Key to Social and Emotional Learning | college and career ready | Scoop.it
Educators are aware that social problems like poverty, unsafe neighborhoods, violence, and family trauma can affect how students learn when they come to schoo

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This is an important skill for educators to keep front and center.

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Great teachers want to work for great school leaders.

Great teachers want to work for great school leaders. | college and career ready | Scoop.it

Research indicates that students’ race and family income often predict their access to excellent educators. Low-income students and high-need schools tend to have teachers who are less experienced, have fewer credentials and do not demonstrate a track record of success.

 

"Our research shows that schools with great principals, who build strong, supportive instructional cultures for their teachers and hold teachers and students to high expectations, do a better job of retaining high-performing teachers, regardless of student demographics. So it stands to reason that great principals can also be a critical incentive to attract top teachers to hard-to-staff schools."


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"Terry Grier, Superintendent of Houston Independent School District, describe how HISD has had some success using financial incentives to bring great teachers to their underperforming schools, but that the best incentive has proven to be an effective leader."

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Ed Tech Promoters Need to Realize We’re Not All Autodidacts ~ Slate

Ed Tech Promoters Need to Realize We’re Not All Autodidacts ~ Slate | college and career ready | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul


"This is a very particular take on learning: the autodidact’s take. We shouldn’t mistake it for most people’s reality. Productive learning without guidance and support from others is rare. A pair of eminent researchers has gone so far as to call the very notion of self-directed learning “an urban legend in education.”


"In a paper published in Educational Psychologist last year, Paul A. Kirschner of the Open University of the Netherlands and Jeroen J.G. van Merriënboer of Maastricht University challenge the popular assumption “that it is the learner who knows best and that she or he should be the controlling force in her or his learning.”


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Special Tech Teach: These Are a Few of My Favorite Forms: DIfferentiated Forms

Special Tech Teach: These Are a Few of My Favorite Forms: DIfferentiated Forms | college and career ready | Scoop.it

I talked about Google Forms in general, and gave an example of how you can create a differentiated Google Form using the "Go To Page Based on Answer" option. Many people were interested in this particular Form, so I decided to create a tutorial. 

Here is the video tutorial I created!


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Close Reading of Advertising Promotes Critical Thinking | MiddleWeb

Close Reading of Advertising Promotes Critical Thinking | MiddleWeb | college and career ready | Scoop.it
Expert Frank Baker outlines approaches to helping students understand the sources, structure and impacts of commercial marketing in print and visual media.

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Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts | Achieve

Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts | Achieve | college and career ready | Scoop.it
Concerned about too much #testing? Check out our assessment inventory tool: http://t.co/ApntaEDAZw http://t.co/1xqVyQKbv3

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