This is such a great visual for all grade levels to use. When students have book talks and really dig into a text, I like to eavesdrop on their conversations, interjecting to ask if they information they shared or discussed was explicit or the inferred. Students immediately look at the chart and I can also see their brains checking off the characteristics of each. This really takes something that feels abstract and makes it much more tangible and easy to quantify.
One of the big challenges for students is being able to understand what “develop” means in reference to a text. These five simple questions encourage students to consider not just the main/central ideas, but the supporting details, how the ideas evolved over time, and what messages may have been woven throughout.
COMMON CORE GAINS AN ALLY: Teach for America plans to come out in support of the Common Core today by urging the states that have adopted the standards to stick with it, despite the loud and passionate opposition. TFA co-CEOs Elisa Villanueva Beard and Matthew Kramer said they joined Team Core because they have "seen firsthand how children (and adults) rise to meet higher expectations." TFA recruits will be trained on Common Core materials in at least some regions this summer. But the group is being careful not to alienate states that haven't adopted the standards - or that are thinking of pulling out. The CEOs' statement notes that they support other standards, too, "as long as they are truly college- and career-ready."
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The Common Core standards, which 45 states and Washington, D.C., have adopted, could be the cure to United States’ mediocre math scores on PISA.
At least that’s a conclusion in an assessment of the latest American scores on the international test of 15-year-olds in 65 nations, whose results were released this week. The 10-page analysiswas prepared by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development; its education administrator, Andreas Schleicher is a big fan of the Common Core.
“The analysis suggests that a successful implementation of the Common Core standards would yield significant performance gains also in PISA,” concluded the report.
That’s because the standards address the key weaknesses that the 2012 assessment of just over 6,000 students in 161 randomly selected schools across America revealed.
Despite the limitations of CCSS, my reading and analysis of the standards and consortia assessments leads me to stand in support of them. Different than some, I’ve come to this way of thinking not primarily because of the myriad policy implications that exist in having a set of "national" standards, but more importantly because of the benefit this standards AND assessment framework can have on the quality of teaching and learning in Indiana’s schools.
"Arguments against the wide use of informational text with students lack an evidentiary foundation and ignore the reading demands that students will face in college and the workplace. The argument for informational texts is not that students should read more information and less literature but that they surely should read more of both (Jago, 2013). Righting the current imbalance will simply require increases in the reading of information."
I am always searching for a way to provide support for students who struggle. How can I build in scaffolds to help them feel successful and help them to gradually become more independent with their reading and writing?
Then there’s David Conley. His life’s work has been to research college readiness and related policy issues. For decades he's asked, "What does it take to make students succeed in college?" A renowned policy analyst and researcher, David is Professorof educational policy and leadership at the University of Oregon and the CEO and CSO of the educational policy group, Educational Policy Improvement Center.
Think back 20 years. Pay phones still worked, and only doctors carried pagers. Laptops weighed as much as bowling balls, and few of us had Internet access. In fact, much of what we now consider commonplace -- Google, email, WiFi, texting -- was not even possible. If that was 20 years ago, where are we going in the next 20?
Pop quiz! Which of the following statements is in the Common Core State Standards? (a) Through extensive reading of stories, dramas, poems, and myths from diverse cultures and different time periods, students gain literary and cultural knowledge.
When evaluating the strength of an argument, students are often told to examine the supporting details. The challenge with this directive is that many students are unclear what supporting details really look like. This chart serves as a visual to help students see six specific ways that an author might use to support an argument. This helps students to hone in and look for specific elements within text.
Download free teacher resources, lesson plans, student activities & educational worksheets for K-12 students aligned to Common Core State Standards - including math, English language arts, science & foreign languages.
One of my goals is to weave digital tools into the Common Core to design flexible, student driven learning experiences that are Above the Line as defined by the SAMR model. While this might sound like a mouthful of EdTech, I assure you that combining all that is on our crowded plates is far better than tackling each individual initiative in isolation. This idea is supported by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
Feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of dense information out there about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? You're not alone. Here's Edutopia's guide to resources that will help you make sense of it all.
New York Daily News Why I believe in the Common Core New York Daily News This week, I'll be attending a New York City town hall meeting in support of the Common Core standards on behalf of the 5,000 children at the 20 public charter schools in...