The problem. schools have to meet standards, and local assessment should prepare kids to deal with the standards as tested by PARCC and SB. But the new tests are harder and more rigorously scored than most local tests. So, scores will have to be low. (Anyone following NAEP results has known this for years, alas.) This seems to run headlong into a long tradition of grading whereby we do not want to punish kids with low grades (akin to the outrage over sharply-lower school scores on accountability measures this year).
Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed., Lynnette Van Dyke, Les Howard
“Aaron Brock and Jody Passanisi recount their year of teaching annotation skills to students to build their comprehension and analysis of historical text.”
Via Mel Riddile, Cindy Riley Klages, Mary Clark
"The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project's Units of Study have been in K-5 classrooms for over a year and the grades 6-8 units were published about six weeks ago. The range of resources for each grade level has more than enough content to help both teachers and students be better writers of all three text types in the Common Core while significantly upping the ante for informational text and therefore meeting CCSS Anchor Standard 2. “Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.”
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“ Reading Today Online The Why and How of Writing Groups Reading Today Online Then, when I enrolled in an English education doctoral program, I was introduced to semester-long writing groups of three to four students in a pedagogy course required of...”
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by Patricia Levesque, ExcellenceInEducation.org The Common Core State Standards raise the academic bar in our K-12 classrooms with their focus on in-depth learning and critical thinking. That has been a rare point of agreement among most school superintendents, teachers, teachers’ unions, school reformers and others involved in the public education debate. Where the disagreement begins is the discussion over accountability
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Having the Common Core Standards led me to modify instruction in a number of ways. I’ll discuss the major changes based on the instructional shifts outlined for the Common Core ELA standards:Shift 1: Balancing Informational & Literary TextShift 2: Knowledge in the DisciplineShift 3: Staircase of ComplexityShift 4: Text-based AnswersShift 5: Writing from SourcesShift 6: Academic Vocabulary
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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) make academic vocabulary a shared responsibility across all academic domains. Although teachers can often identify the difference between high-frequency academic vocabulary (tier two words) and content-specific vocabulary (tier three words), many are unsure about the most effective way to introduce academic vocabulary to their students."
The Smarter Balanced test will adapt to your child's academic level as she takes the test. If she is answering correctly, the questions become tougher and rise in grade level. If she is answering incorrectly, the test will pose ...
"Teaching Channel has partnered with Achieve.org on a three-part series featuring tools for Common Core lesson planning. The series highlights Achieve’s work with EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products), an initiative designed to identify high-quality materials aligned to the Common Core.In these first three videos, we introduce you to a tool already used by over 15,000 teachers across the country to help them plan and evaluate lessons aligned to the Common Core: the EQuIP Rubric.
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“Do you wish your students could better understand and critique the images that saturate their waking life? That's the purpose of visual literacy (VL), to explicitly teach a collection of competencies”
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When Massachusetts students were surveyed about their experience on the PARCC Common Core Field Tests, there were some interesting findings:
When asked 'how many questions asked you about things you have not learned in school this year, those responding few or none totaled 88% in ELA and 70% in Math, indicating that teachers are teaching aligned-content.When asked how difficult was the test, students responding the same or easier totaled 94% for ELA and 84% for Math.Students preferred to take the ELA assessment on a computer or tablet (74%) but were split on Math (56% to 44%) computer to paper.
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Teacher leader Sofia Faridi talks about the Common Core in her classroom.
"When asked about what contributed to the dramatic acceleration of her students’ reading skills, Sophia replies that there isn’t one answer or solution. “I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about that question. I do a lot of writing and revising with my classes. Students learn by incorporating their reading into their writing,” responds Sophia. “I also try to structure my class as a collaborative and creative environment. We only do some drills and test strategies right before the state test because doing too much of that takes away from student interest in the subject.” Sophia also credits her team of teachers in Florida for explicitly teaching reading comprehension in their subject areas."
“Why do students struggle with writing warrants in argument writing? How can we help them? Learn how one teacher solves the case.”"When we look at their writing together, it’s lacking the “usual suspect”: an effective warrant. In an argument, the warrant explains how the evidence supports the claim and often applies a commonly accepted rule or principle. Warrants are a challenge, even for college students."
Via Mel Riddile