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Common Core: Diamond in the Rough?

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Many teachers are experiencing the common-core implementation as massive second-order change.


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What works in education - Hattie's list of the greatest effects and why it matters

What works in education - Hattie's list of the greatest effects and why it matters | Common Core | Scoop.it
I have been a fan of John Hattie’s work ever since I encountered Visible Learning. Hattie has done the most exhaustive meta-analysis in education. Thanks to him, we can gauge not only the relative ...
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Nix the Tricks

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A guide to avoiding shorcuts that cut out math concept development.
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Disappearing Tricks with the Common Core - The Mathematics Teaching Community

Disappearing Tricks with the Common Core - The Mathematics Teaching Community | Common Core | Scoop.it
When I first started reading the Common Core State Standards, I kept wondering what was missing ... love to receive feedback, insights, and additions.
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Students Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Mathematical Problem-Solving Communications

Students Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Mathematical Problem-Solving Communications | Common Core | Scoop.it

 #"Let me give you a math story problem." This sentence often strikes fear in many middle grades students as well as some teachers. As international comparisons, national commissions, and state assessment results confirm, students have difficulty solving mathematical applications problems (Lester, 2007; U. S. Department of Education Institute of Educational Science, 2007; TIMMS, 2003; McREL, 2002; National Research Council, 2002; Illinois State Board of Education, 1997).
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Instructional Agility 

Instructional Agility  | Common Core | Scoop.it
By Tom Schimmer For an assessment to serve a truly formative purpose, it needs to cause some action by the teacher and students. In other words, the information gleaned must have the potential to i...
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ACT exam set to better reflect Common Core State Standards

ACT exam set to better reflect Common Core State Standards | Common Core | Scoop.it
Changes to the ACT exam will bring the test more in line with Common Core State Standards next year.
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Five Strategies to Infuse Common Core State Standards with Social Studies Instruction

Five Strategies to Infuse Common Core State Standards with Social Studies Instruction | Common Core | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards are here. According to the Common Core website, there are only five states that have not yet adopted the new standards. Given the diversity in state educational systems, it is a surprising outcome. Even five years ago, it seemed unthinkable that a single document would be able to unify many of the educational practices in the United States. So, what exactly, makes the Common Core standards so compelling? Well, the English Language Arts standards are organized around a series of “shifts” in thinking about pedagogy that attempt to increase the complexity of student understanding. - See more at: http://blog.herffjonesnystrom.com/five-strategies-to-infuse-common-core-state-standards-with-social-studies-instruction/#sthash.mYn0ci2D.dpuf

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Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies | Common Core | Scoop.it
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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The 15 Punctuation Marks in Order of Difficulty

The 15 Punctuation Marks in Order of Difficulty | Common Core | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why you can't figure out when and where to stick a comma? It's probably because commas, by far, have more rules and applications than any other punctuation mark. But why do so many people use the semicolon incorrectly? Comparatively, it should be one of the easiest punctuation marks to master. And why doesn't anybody seem to use the en dash?
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Please join us for a five-part Twitter chat series... - Tackk

Please join us for a five-part Twitter chat series... - Tackk | Common Core | Scoop.it

Please join us for a five-part Twitter chat series to learn more about Achieve's EQuIP(Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products)  ELA and math rubrics and how you can use them to elevate your instructional design and align your lessons and units to the Common Core State Standards.

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Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts | Achieve

Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts | Achieve | Common Core | Scoop.it

Across the country, educators, parents and students are saying that there is too much testing in our schools and that testing is taking valuable time away from teaching and learning. These concerns are legitimate and merit attention. School district officials have the opportunity to respond to concerns about over-testing by leading a conversation among educators and the broader community that directly addresses the amount of testing – and points the way toward a more coherent, educationally-sound approach to assessment.

The Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts is a tool district leaders can use to take stock of their assessments and assessment strategy, and do so from a student perspective. The tool supports a process by which districts evaluate the assessments students are taking, determine the minimum testing necessary to serve essential diagnostic, instructional and accountability purposes, and work to ensure that every district-mandated test is of high quality, is providing the information needed for specific school and district purposes, and is supported by structures and routines so that assessment results are actually used and action steps taken that will help students.

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The Usual Suspect: Solving the #1 Problem in Argument Writing

The Usual Suspect: Solving the #1 Problem in Argument Writing | Common Core | Scoop.it
Why do students struggle with writing warrants in argument writing? How can we help them? Learn how one teacher solves the case.
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ASCD Express 9.17 - Words in the Wild

ASCD Express 9.17 - Words in the Wild | Common Core | Scoop.it

A marine biologist will learn far more from observing sharks in the wild than in an aquarium. Likewise, to truly absorb new vocabulary and make it their own, students need repeated practice observing words in real-world contexts and then using words repeatedly in contexts they create themselves. Worksheets and bullet lists are like aquariums, not quite allowing words to exist as indigenous species. Donalyn Miller's book Reading in the Wild encourages teachers to see students as "wild readers" and design instruction that respects their freedom. So how can teachers structure learning so that students experience the joys and challenges of working with words "in the wild"?

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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area | Common Core | Scoop.it
25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area
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Don't Leave Out the Math - Phil Daro - YouTube

Using a series of examples, Phil Daro stresses the value of teaching mathematics in greater depth and avoiding "clutter" in the curriculum.
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PARCC Aligned Writing Rubrics | Partner in Education

PARCC Aligned Writing Rubrics | Partner in Education | Common Core | Scoop.it

Last fall, I created analytic writing rubrics aligned to PARCC’s holistic writing rubrics published within the PARCC Blueprints. These rubrics have been field-tested by several schools through large scale scoring (more than 200 student samples in each school) and updated to reflect the feedback gained. The rubrics are adaptable to assessing argument (opinion) writing, informational writing and/or narrative writing and includes PARCC’s 5-criteria for assessment: reading comprehension, development of ideas, organization, clarity of language, and knowledge of conventions. And…I am offering these rubrics indefinitely FOR FREE to my readers!

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Math Coach's Corner: Book Study Monday: Teaching Numeracy, Critical Habits 1 & 2

Math Coach's Corner: Book Study Monday: Teaching Numeracy, Critical Habits 1 & 2 | Common Core | Scoop.it
Online summer book study of the book Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking by Margie Pearse and K.M. Walton. Join in at any time!
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ThingLink for Video - YouTube

Introducing an easy way to annotate videos with rich media
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This looks very interesting and for personal use it is free. 

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Education Update:If You Build It: Tinkering with the Maker Mind-Set:Road Tested / Lesson Closure: Stick the Landing

Education Update:If You Build It: Tinkering with the Maker Mind-Set:Road Tested / Lesson Closure: Stick the Landing | Common Core | Scoop.it

How a lesson ends can affect a learner's ability to organize, evaluate, and store information presented in class. Although we give emphasis to hooking students' interest at the start of instruction, the end is often hurried and overlooked. These emergency landings leave students struggling to absorb newly acquired knowledge as they rush out the door to the drone of homework reminders and announcements. Teachers tend to subconsciously undervalue closure; as a result, they don't plan for it and miss out on the opportunity to collect rich learner feedback.

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3 Awesome Grammar Visuals to Use in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

3 Awesome Grammar Visuals to Use in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Common Core | Scoop.it
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Annotation: A Year of Lessons Learned | MiddleWeb

Annotation: A Year of Lessons Learned | MiddleWeb | Common Core | Scoop.it
Aaron Brock and Jody Passanisi recount their year of teaching annotation skills to students to build their comprehension and analysis of historical text.
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NWOCA Next Generation Assessments Resources

NWOCA Next Generation Assessments Resources | Common Core | Scoop.it

NWOCA Next Generation Assessments Resources (RT @chamady: Ohio educators: awesome source of PARCC and AIR testing resources http://t.co/SXeyGOsyVm @theohiobloke did a fantastic job wit…)...


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Home/IWitness:Video testimonies from Holocaust survivors and witnesses

Home/IWitness:Video testimonies from Holocaust survivors and witnesses | Common Core | Scoop.it
IWitness brings educators and their students (ages 13-18) together at the intersection of Holocaust education and the development of critical literacies needed in the 21st century.
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Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Padlet as KWL Chart and More | Practical Ed Tech

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Padlet as KWL Chart and More | Practical Ed Tech | Common Core | Scoop.it
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Evidence Tables | PARCC

This week, we wanted to highlight a valuable PARCC resource for educators: evidence statements and tables. The evidence statements and tables are aligned directly to the Common Core State Standards and may be useful in demystifying the design of the assessments for educators. They can help guide teachers as they plan lessons and create classroom assessments for their students.

 

The ELA tables describe the reading, writing and vocabulary to be measured on the PARCC summative assessments and what students might say or do to demonstrate mastery of the standards. For mathematics, the evidence tables show how the content and the mathematical practices go hand-in-hand and should not be thought of as separate standards. Any item on the PARCC assessment may measure multiple standards and multiple evidences.

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