“ 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...”
Via Les Howard
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
Via Parent Cortical Mass
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
Via Mel Riddile
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 ...
“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”
Via Mary Clark
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.
Via Mel Riddile
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
Many school districts are going through a painstaking process of writing new curricula to meet the Common Core State Standards. One of the biggest changes for English language arts teachers working to refine and update curricula is the need to incorporate larger amounts of nonfiction texts. As ELA teachers, we are experts in teaching literature — but nonfiction? Having recently gone through the process of writing a new middle-school ELA curriculum, I fully understand this challenge. Below are some of the ways our middle school ELA teachers worked to more organically integrate nonfiction texts into our teaching.
October 22, 2013Authors: Tim ShanahanAnn Duffett "Most teachers believe that the new standards promise better learning for their students, and an overwhelming majority of teachers say that their schools have already made significant progress toward implementing the standards, including relevant curriculum changes and professional development."
“Close reading is one of the buzz words that is being emphasized with the Common Core Learning Standards. By close reading I am interpreting as the reading, rereading, and analysis of text for the p...”
Via Mel Riddile