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Why Common Core State Standards are right for Wisconsin - Chippewa Herald

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Why Common Core State Standards are right for Wisconsin
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This e-mail sums up why I adopted the Common Core State Standards for Wisconsin in June of 2010.
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Common Core in Baltimore County Public Schools - Baltimore Sun

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The 2013-14 school year began with the full implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Maryland, the District of Columbia and 44 additional states.
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PBS Launches New Video Series to Make Math 'Cool'

PBS Launches New Video Series to Make Math 'Cool' | Common Core | Scoop.it
PBS Math Club's interactive video series seeks to relate math to students' interests to make it more interesting to a middle school demographic.

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"The implementation of the #CommonCore remains very much a work-in-progress, even for a school that lives and breathes high standards."

 Lower test scores are a concern when PARCC arrives in spring 2015. Dues remarked that CCA expects “proficiency” rates—the percentage of students who “pass” the exam—to fall when Ohio administers the PARCC exams.[2] This may create a quandary when discussing test results with parents and other stakeholders. His school—along with all schools in Ohio—must convey that test results are lower, not because the students have become less smart overnight. Rather, under the Common Core, the expectation of what constitutes “passing” an exam has been substantially raised.


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5 Arguments Against Common Core State Standards | IVN

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5 Arguments Against Common Core State Standards. default. 0. INTERACTIONS. Print Email. 4 months ago. Michael Higham. By Michael Higham · Arguments Against Common Core Standards Credit: corestandards.org.
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Manchester (NH) Schools Reject Common Core | Truth in American Education

Manchester (NH) Schools Reject Common Core | Truth in American Education | Common Core | Scoop.it
The Manchester, New Hampshire School Board voted last night to reject the Common Core State Standards in order to develop their own instead. From Ann Marie Banfield of Cornerstone Action via Facebook: Congratulations to the residents of MANCHESTER.
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Branstad signs executive order about “Common Core State Standards” for K-12 ... - Radio Iowa

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One of the most important reading and writing skills: Showing Evidence

One of the most important reading and writing skills: Showing Evidence | Common Core | Scoop.it
Common Core skill: Showing evidence from the text to support your answer

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Katie Halberg's curator insight, October 15, 2013 11:14 PM

I really enjoyed reading this, It states how with a little hard work and using are minds we can answer easy questions like "how did reading that book make you feel" the answer to that questions is not inside that book, you have to read the book to use your own feelings and thoughts to answer the question. it always shows how times have changed and auto books help the few people who wont really open a book to read it or may not know how to read very well but still want to know more about whats inside the book.

Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, October 17, 2013 12:33 PM

One of the most important reading and writing skills students should practice is showing evidence from the text to support their answers. However, many of my students struggle with this. In the past, our students have been programmed to fill in a bubble answer on a standardized test that shows the evidence rather than try to find it themselves.

Show your students how to give evidence by demonstrating it (see visual aid, above).
My example question is from Divergent by Veronica Roth. It asks: “How does Beatrice’s mother feel about her? Give evidence from chapter one to support your answer.”

In the past, students may have just given me short answers like, "She cares about her daughter." By asking for evidence, students can't just give their opinion. We know their opinion is based on something, so they have to be further prompted to tell us what they based it on. Therefore, the student's answer should include not only their opinion, but one or two examples from the text that show this. Their answers should be paraphrased, but they still need to include the page number. 
This question-strategy helps those struggling readers find the right answers, as well. If a student wrote, "She's mean," he/she would have to back it up with an example from the chapter that shows Beatrice's mother is mean. When he/she can't find an example, he/she will have to re-think his/her original opinion. 
For students who are really struggling, I may prompt them orally with questions like, "Look at the non-verbal clues: what is Beatrice's mom doing to Beatrice in the first scene of the book? What does her mood seem to be? How do you know she feels this way? When a mother acts this way toward a child, what does it indicate about how she feels toward the child?" 


There are always a handful of students who complain that they can't find the answers in the book. If you have these same complainers, these are your students who are not reading the book. Because even students who have severe learning disabilities can answer the questions when they read it (or listen to the text).

So here's what I say to the complainers: "You aren't going to find a single sentence that gives you the answer to the question. And the answer isn't merely your opinion, either. The answer comes from that feeling you get about the character, or the theme, or whatever it is you're looking for. It's based on what you've inferred and gathered from descriptions and dialogue that can only come from reading it. Simply put, there is no short cut. The text must be read to answer the questions."

[Insert student groans.] After they channel their inner first-grader and throw another "I don't want to read" fit, they usually buck up and start reading.

Note: I do not mind allowing students to listen to audio of the text, especially if they follow along with their books. If this is the only way to get those reluctant readers to read, I say go for it. Today's teens are not like us. They learn much differently; we need to access and use every resource, device, and strategy to help them read on their own.

If you need handouts for instituting the Common Core standards into your curriculum, I have you covered! Check out all these great resources, ready to use with ANY text (fiction or non-fiction):
CCSS Reading Graphic Organizers, Grades 6,7,8
CCSS Reading Graphic Organizers, Grades 9-10 (Also covers grades 6-8)
CCSS Reading Graphic Organizers, Grades 11-12 (Also covers grades 6-10)

For non-fiction text and historical documents:
CCSS History & Social Studies Reading Graphic Organizers, Grades 6-12

For non-fiction and scientific texts:
CCSS Science & Technical Subjects Reading Graphic Organizers, Grades 6-12
FREE: CCSS Science & Technical Subjects Reading Graphic Organizers for RST.1, Grades 6-12

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Newsletters - Text set library

Newsletters - Text set library | Common Core | Scoop.it
Newsletter Sign up form You can now get the new text sets by newsletter. You can select which grade you are interested in and only get the text sets from that grade. All you need to do is enter your email address.
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Tea Party rallying against Common Core State Standards - Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

Tea Party rallying against Common Core State Standards Wisconsin Rapids Tribune State Superintendent Tony Evers signed onto the Common Core State Standards in 2010, and school districts across the state have been making the slow adjustment to the...
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New York teachers excited and worried as Common Core standards launched in ... - The Hechinger Report

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Using Multi-genre Text Sets with Regions and People of the Western ...

I'll be presenting July 31st at Hilliard's Innovative Learning Conference and thought it helpful to post my participant materials on the Let's Talk Social Studies Blog for ease of access. The links below provide access to the ...
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Misunderstanding Text Complexity: Parts I and II

Misunderstanding Text Complexity: Parts I and II | Common Core | Scoop.it

By  Burkins & Yaris

 

This is a two-part series examining two common misunderstandings about text complexity. The first misunderstanding is that texts with harder words are more complex.

 

Part 1 - http://www.burkinsandyaris.com/misunderstanding-text-complexity/

 

Part 2 - http://www.burkinsandyaris.com/misunderstanding-text-complexity-part-2/


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Boost Critical Thinking: New Titles for Thematically Based Text Sets | Literacy in Learning Exchange

Boost Critical Thinking: New Titles for Thematically Based Text Sets | Literacy in Learning Exchange | Common Core | Scoop.it

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Next Generation Online Assessments: What technology tasks will students need to complete?

Next Generation Online Assessments: What technology tasks will students need to complete? | Common Core | Scoop.it
Free online resources to help schools and students prepare for technology-enhanced, next generation assessments such as those developed by PARCC and Smarter Balanced.

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Andrew Hadjichari's curator insight, November 7, 2013 6:29 PM

Use the resource link to Ohio demo. The interactive resource focuses on the Working Scientifically skills to explore the content.

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Is Common Core Changing Elementary Reading Instruction?

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Kathryn Starke is an urban elementary school reading specialist, literacy consultant, keynote speaker, and author of a multicultural children's book, Amy’s Travels. In 1998, my home state of Virgin...

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Common Core "are better than 85 or 90 percent of the state standards they replace."

Common Core "are better than 85 or 90 percent of the state standards they replace." | Common Core | Scoop.it
A major requirement for the Common Core State Standards was that they be internationally benchmarked. But there has been debate about how well the standards match those of countries like Singapore.

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Andrea Johnson's curator insight, October 17, 2013 12:52 PM

They are better because now they cover K to 12!  

Andrea Johnson's curator insight, October 17, 2013 12:52 PM

Yes!

gabe grant's curator insight, October 18, 2013 9:25 AM

Interesting.

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence Signs Common Core Pause Legislation | Truth in American Education

Indiana Governor Mike Pence Signs Common Core Pause Legislation | Truth in American Education | Common Core | Scoop.it
Today Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Common Core pause legislation that requires the Indiana State Board of Education to hold three public hearings on the Common Core State Standards and have a fiscal impact study completed by 2014.
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Schools Matter: Is the common core "an extraordinary opportunity ...

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The results of several studies, including one I participated in, show the school library can make up for the effects of poverty on reading achievement. While the evidence supporting libraries and librarians is constantly growing ...

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Why use thematic text sets? « the open book

Why use thematic text sets? « the open book | Common Core | Scoop.it
Resident Literacy Expert Jaclyn DeForge discusses the benefits of utilizing thematic text sets in the classroom.
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Common Core standards debated at Tampa meeting - Ocala

Common Core standards debated at Tampa meeting - Ocala | Common Core | Scoop.it
Common Core standards debated at Tampa meeting Ocala The Board of Education grappled with Common Core issues on the same day the state began a series of three public hearings this week on the education standards, intended to guide public education...
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Experts Weigh in on Common Core at Public Hearing - Sunshine State News

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Experts Weigh in on Common Core at Public Hearing Sunshine State News The first of three public hearings on Common Core State Standards began Tuesday, and the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition made sure its voice was heard by bringing in two...
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Welcome to Text set library

Welcome to Text set library | Common Core | Scoop.it
I'm excited to announce that text set library is now open. This will be a sight for teacher to find text sets for subjects or themes that they are teaching and to share ones that they have already created.
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Teaching with Text Sets Hits the Big Apple

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Yesterday, New York City's Department of Education's School Library System sponsored Exploratorium 2013, a professional development workshop for teaching librarians from throughout the system. We were honored to ...
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