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No nonsense nonfiction: Tips for incorporating nonfiction into the ELA curriculum

No nonsense nonfiction: Tips for incorporating nonfiction into the ELA curriculum | TinkerSpaces | Scoop.it
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

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@PaulineZd  has good, practical insight that K-6 and secondary Enlish teachers need to increase their use of non-fiction texts.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, January 6, 2014 6:36 PM

Short and practical ideas. But, remember that when the Common Core cites informational text as important, that means much more than reading narrative nonfiction. I find the use of the term "nonfiction novels" more than problematic. Call a book by its genre: generating an oxymoron is officious.

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As a California Transitional  Kindergarten (TK) teacher and member of a Google Apps team in my district I'm learning about resources and exemplary models of instruction that incorporate Project Based Learning, Student Oriented Learning Environment, Constructivism, Next Generation Science Standards, and more. Any suggestions you have are appreciated and will be cited in this topic. I'm engaging in ongoing training in this area so I'll be sharing whatever I think is helpful.
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Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch - Edutopia @gravescolleen

Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch - Edutopia @gravescolleen | TinkerSpaces | Scoop.it






"With the National Week of Making behind us, you might be ready to start a makerspace in your school -- but not know where to start. Will purchasing a costly 3D printer and the latest robotics kit ensure learning and maker success? What are some steps to starting a successful makerspace from scratch?


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It's makertime. 
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How Kids Learn Resilience

How Kids Learn Resilience | TinkerSpaces | Scoop.it
In recent years, the idea that educators should be teaching kids qualities like grit and self-control has caught on. Successful strategies, though, are hard to come by.
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More than 100 California Researchers Call for Moratorium on Common Core Assessments

More than 100 California Researchers Call for Moratorium on Common Core Assessments | TinkerSpaces | Scoop.it
More than 100 university-based education researchers in California called for a moratorium on Common Core testing.    Among many excellent point, the group's statement said:   The rhetoric surrounding the CCSS is not supported by a compelling body of research. For example, the CCSS is often presented as a way to enhance rigor in public…
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Administrators, policy makers, and stakeholders take notice.
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5 Tech Tools to Help Prepare for Common Core Assessments - T.H.E. Journal

5 Tech Tools to Help Prepare for Common Core Assessments - T.H.E. Journal | TinkerSpaces | Scoop.it
With the first round of computer-based Common Core assessments complete, here are a handful of tech tools that will help teachers and students prepare for the next round.
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This list is composed of free and fee resources. The collaborative game site looks interesting and worth checking out.

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Updated: State board again to pursue waiver from No Child Left Behind

Updated: State board again to pursue waiver from No Child Left Behind | TinkerSpaces | Scoop.it
Districts would replace private tutors with after-school, summer programs.
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California has honed in on the area where 15% of Title 1 funds are not being well-spent. This "partial" waiver would serve students well, giving districts more direction and ways to make tutoring accountable. Some of the significant studies are mentioned in the article that indict private SES firms in their questionable practices.

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Common Core Tests Require Digital, Computer Literacy Skills

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Common Core testing will give an indication of how well schools have been preparing students to use digital tools.

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I just spoke to a parent yesterday of one on my TK students. She doubted the need for 5-year-olds to have access to technology but recognizes the need to be prepared. At issue in the debate about how much technology is "how young" we should push with our policy. I told her there are sound, research-based ways to include technology within an early school experience but that we should be careful. What do you think?

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6 California School Districts Apply For No Child Left Behind Waiver Extension

6 California School Districts Apply For No Child Left Behind Waiver Extension | TinkerSpaces | Scoop.it
Six of California's largest urban school districts have applied for a waiver freeing them from requirements of the nation's No Child Left Behind education law.
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Moved from 8 to 6 and still working on the mandated teacher evaluation system. This is a real sticking point for California districts. They should be able to work this out and provide a model for the rest of the state.
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California gives extra year to adjust to Common Core tests

#Development California gives extra year to adjust to Common Core tests http://t.co/aoXrT01gbu
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So let me see if I understand this. (Sarcasm warning) We are to hold off on accountability because accountability is so important. And furthermore, the new testing systems are so advanced we can't possibly use the results to measure against previous testing systems to accurately hold schools accountable.
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Finding and making 3D shapes around town. (A project for TK, K, 1 & 2) - YouTube

Created on an iPhone 5 and compiled via YouTube Capture. More info on my classroom at itehelp.info. 'Likes' are appreciated.
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In K.G.5 students are asked to model shapes in the world with various components. Here we demonstrate finding 3D shapes followed by modeling a corresponding object. Further, we demonstrate how the adult learning coaches can assist the younger learners in the problem solving process.
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Opinion: Test scoring of schools dismantled in California

Opinion: Test scoring of schools dismantled in California | TinkerSpaces | Scoop.it
More than a decade ago, state and federal governments imposed “accountability” regimes on California’s public schools, based on how their students were performing on academic testing. Now, however, the accountability measures are being changed.
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California Common Core pushes policy towards new accountability systems. The API may have breathed it's last and AYP is no longer relevant. NCLB Waiver may not be in place but it appears to be less relevant every day we implement the new standards and testing systems.

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Jerry Brown Hit With Common Core Bill - Breitbart News

Jerry Brown Hit With Common Core Bill - Breitbart News | TinkerSpaces | Scoop.it
A rather expensive development has surfaced on the way to installing Common Core into California’s hundreds of school districts statewide.
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We will test about 500 students with one lab beginning in a month.
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Early childhood common core is harmful.

Early childhood common core is harmful. | TinkerSpaces | Scoop.it
Early childhood. This administration is funneling millions into controlling it. Once again, it's "for our own good". But at what cost? What happens to imaginative play, nurturing, and naps, under g...
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Long article, be warned. Also by avowed anti-CCSS blogger advocate. But it's important for everyone to listen to the concerns of the early childhood (up to grade 2) advocates in relation to the standards and new practices.
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20 tips for parents to get children excited to read - Daily Genius

20 tips for parents to get children excited to read - Daily Genius | TinkerSpaces | Scoop.it
“ There are a lot of great ways to help a child learning to read. But once they actually learn how to read, it’s up to the parents, teachers and everyone else to keep them excited to pick up a book and use their imagination. So if you’re a parent who is looking for ways to help a student or child of any age continue their reading then here’s a great set of visual guides just for you.”
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Instagram photo by Sam Patterson • Jul 6, 2016 at 9:53pm UTC

Instagram photo by Sam Patterson • Jul 6, 2016 at 9:53pm UTC | TinkerSpaces | Scoop.it
See this Instagram photo by @mypaperlessclassroom • 8 likes
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How to Implement Social and Emotional Learning at Your School

How to Implement Social and Emotional Learning at Your School | TinkerSpaces | Scoop.it
To implement SEL at your school, use these seven activities to help students build self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.
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all ages
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Kindergarten: While American Kids Read, Their Finnish Peers Play

Kindergarten: While American Kids Read, Their Finnish Peers Play | TinkerSpaces | Scoop.it

Forget the Common Core, Finland’s youngsters are in charge of determining what happens in the classroom.

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If we are not careful the bans on play will move on down to TK. 

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Some Excellent Lesson Plan Templates for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Some Excellent Lesson Plan Templates for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/PzOnYovxtN
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I'll be trying some of these if they are new to me today as I'm finalizing lesson plans for next year's ELD units. Do you have any suggestions for good template sites?

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California Mulls NCLB Tutoring Waiver

If California were to get permission to do its own tutoring, it would essentially shed yet another irksome aspect of the law, without having to jump through the Obama administration's waiver hoops.
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In my experience the so-called SES (Supplemental Educational Services) provided with Title 1 funding are not giving students in low-income community a equitable opportunity to advance. One of the reasons I became a Regional Area Partner with FEV Tutor is because I saw so many schools and districts just providing the SES programs (which offer little accountability) because it was funded and required under Title. 

This waiver would allow schools and districts in California to include excellent tutoring programs like FEV Tutor to parents in low-income communities, in struggling schools so that they can get the services they need to get ahead. Here's a brief summary of what we accomplished with a math intervention program: http://t.co/ZCoJnthS4i . ;

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Common Core consequences: “What currently passes for reform’ has caused considerable collateral damage to schools and teachers”

Common Core consequences: “What currently passes for reform’ has caused considerable collateral damage to schools and teachers” | TinkerSpaces | Scoop.it
California flipped education-reform script, knowing sanctions/test-driven accountability helps no one. Here's how
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With an Bill Honig interview this article in Salon helps clear the air and put California's education policy in a better light. 

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Price of LAUSD, teachers union split on evaluations: $171 million - LA School Report

Price of LAUSD, teachers union split on evaluations: $171 million - LA School Report | TinkerSpaces | Scoop.it
The district and UTLA must agree on a teacher evaluation system that includes a minimum of three rankings to get a CORE waiver.
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While I don't have an insider insight I do feel that the LAUSD participation  in CORE Waiver is at risk over the issue of teacher evaluation component. There just doesn't seem to have been progress made on this issue. I hope that they can hammer this out in mediation because a lot more than the $170 million is at stake. It could harm the CORE districts' (http://coredistricts.org/) partnership and risk their participation in the waiver. 

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Kids Want More Fun And Fewer Facts To Make Science Real

Kids Want More Fun And Fewer Facts To Make Science Real | TinkerSpaces | Scoop.it

"Are American kids being adequately prepared in the sciences to compete in a highly competitive, global high-tech workforce? A majority of American parents say no, according to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. Nearly one-quarter of all parents said their child's school today doesn't put enough emphasis on science curricula. And 30 percent of parents with children in kindergarten up through fifth grade say there's too little emphasis on science. 'We want to see these kids get excited about science and math. We're lagging!' saysElizabeth Hall, one poll respondent and a mother of two who lives in California's sprawling central valley north of Fresno. Hall says her state has created a culture of testing that has resulted in high rates of teacher burnout and low expectations. Her community, she laments, has made peace with academic mediocrity in the sciences. State and federal statistics show that at least one-third of all students entering higher education programs today need some kind of remedial or developmental course work. That fact underscores a worry about a widening science-skills gap that is shared by many parents and educators and some in business and academia." | by Eric Westervelt

 


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CheunSeungHwan's curator insight, November 6, 2014 8:49 PM

I think korean science class also should be changed.

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State seeking No Child Left Behind exemption again

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For the second straight year, California will ask the federal government to exempt it from using scores on the new assessments that students will take this spring to measure progress in math and English language arts, a key requirement under the No Child Left Behind law.
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We each need a personal navigator to help us through the changes in Ed. policy why we wait for legislation from our do-nothing congress and leadership from our POTUS.

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Classroom coaches critical as teachers shift to Common Core

To break down the isolation that many teachers experience in their classrooms, California schools are using instructional coaches as a key tool to help teachers adapt their instruction to implement the Common Core standards in math and English...
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Our district, Lynwood, has increased the number of coaches. They are helping the swing to Common Core but greater levels of support would help.
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Report: Many Schools Have Implemented Common Core, Lack Bandwidth for Tests -- THE Journal

Report: Many Schools Have Implemented Common Core, Lack Bandwidth for Tests -- THE Journal | TinkerSpaces | Scoop.it
In districts that have adopted the Common Core State Standards, 95.7 percent of schools have already implemented the standards or are in the process of doing so, while the remaining 4.3 percent are still in the planning stage, according to a new...
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There is an interesting set of data in this report. How many administrators honestly report their bandwidth, connectivity, and security concerns related to online assessments?
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How Can We Tackle School Dropouts

How Can We Tackle School Dropouts | TinkerSpaces | Scoop.it
Technology can be a good option for making pedagogy more relevant to the lives of students and reaching those dropouts who want to go back and finish the high-school education that they previously abandoned.
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Technology adds the flexibility credit completers need.
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