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Assessment Blueprints and Test Specifications | PARCC

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PARCC has released MANY documents today. Take a look!

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Oklahoma's Educator Leader Cadre

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Briefs of Draft PARCC Accommodations Manual with links to public comments survey.

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Alabama, Kentucky and New York Set Own Course For Common Core Testing

Alabama, Kentucky and New York Set Own Course For Common Core Testing | Common Core Meiller | Scoop.it
Education Commissioner Tony Bennett will update State Board of Education members today on Florida's progress toward meeting 2014 deadlines for new standards and testing.
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Sorta Common Core.

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22 Thoughts on Automated Grading of Student Writing | Inside Higher Ed

22 Thoughts on Automated Grading of Student Writing | Inside Higher Ed | Common Core Meiller | Scoop.it
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6. At the same time, the only way, and I mean the only way to develop a relationship with one’s students is to read and respond to their work. Automated grading is supposed to “free” the instructor for other tasks, except there is no more important task. Grading writing, while time consuming and occasionally unpleasant, is simply the price of doing business.

 

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PARCC Releases Draft Grade- and Subject-Specific PLDs for Public Comment | PARCC

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Performance Level Descriptors have been released by PARCC. Take a look.

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OU Student Earns Goldwater Honors

OU Student Earns Goldwater Honors | Common Core Meiller | Scoop.it
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A Middle Earth, McKinley, Alcott, Norman High grad! So proud!

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There's no homework in Finland.

There's no homework in Finland. | Common Core Meiller | Scoop.it
There's no homework in Finland.
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Interesting.

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Sweet Search

SweetSearch is A Search Engine for Students. It searches only credible Web sites approved by Internet research experts.
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A great search engine for primary sources.

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Teaching Kids Poetry

Teaching Kids Poetry | Common Core Meiller | Scoop.it
Learn how teaching kids poetry teaches language fun, grammar, and positive life values. See the free lesson plans!
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Explore this site for great grammar ideas.

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Teaching 'Death of a Salesman' With The New York Times

Teaching 'Death of a Salesman' With The New York Times | Common Core Meiller | Scoop.it
Articles, lesson plans and more for considering Arthur Miller’s most famous play.
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NY Times has great resources and lesson plans. Check it out.

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Introducing Research Writing to 3rd Graders, a K-5 Common Core Less...

An engaging lesson from WriteSteps that introduces third-grade students to an important genre of Informational Writing as outlined in the Common Core State Stan
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PARCC Draft Accommodations Manual | PARCC

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PARCC Draft Accommodations Manual. Comments due by May 13. Let your voice be heard!

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Janet Gorton's curator insight, April 19, 2013 11:42 AM

English Learner Accommodations start on page 50.  This is our chance to have a voice!

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Broader, BOLDER Approach to Education

Broader, BOLDER Approach to Education | Common Core Meiller | Scoop.it
The Broader Bolder Approach to Education is a national campaign that acknowledges the impact of social and economic disadvantage on schools and students and proposes evidence-based policies to improve schools and remedy conditions that limit many...
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Read the executive summary here. Full report on April 18.

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14 Bloom's Taxonomy Posters For Teachers

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14 Bloom's Taxonomy Posters For Teachers
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Thanks, Tiffany!

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Nonfiction as Mentor Text

Nonfiction as Mentor Text | Common Core Meiller | Scoop.it

"Many people still hold to the belief that nonfiction writing is “just the facts,” often synonymous with formulaic, dull writing. Nothing could be further from the truth! For years, authors of all genres have honed their writing by reading literary nonfiction by the likes of David McCullough, Anna Quindlen, John McPhee, Susan Orlean, and so many others."


Via Mel Riddile
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Change your mind about nonfiction.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's comment, April 12, 2013 8:27 AM
Just did a booktalk for 8th grade with non-fiction titles that coincided with a fiction - they literally flew off the shelves. This is why libraries & librarians are SO important in Common Core.
Matt Weld's curator insight, April 14, 2013 8:30 PM

Great article that talks about how authors of nonfiction use the same skills in their craft that we are asking of students.  Links at the end to other good, related articles, too.

Gail Donahue's curator insight, April 17, 2013 11:11 AM

This could be excellent background reading for content area teachers when trying to implement writing across the curriculum.

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Common Core State Standards Initiative | Myths vs. Facts

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Helpful responses to questions concerning Common Core.

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The Truth about Common Core

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Kathleen Porter-Magee & Sol Stern write on NRO: The new Common Core math and reading standards adopted by 45 states have come under a firestorm of criticism from tea-party activists and commentators such as Glenn Beck and Michelle Malkin.
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Many things are being called Common Core. Remember what Common Core really is.

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April Fools' Day in the Classroom: Six Resources for Teachers

April Fools' Day in the Classroom: Six Resources for Teachers | Common Core Meiller | Scoop.it
I still remember April Fools' Day when I was a fourth grader. A reading comprehension worksheet went out to the class, and in minutes, we were all dumbfounded.
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Great ideas to keep the learning going along with the fun!

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ESL Writing Online Workshop (ESL-WOW)

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My friend, Jeff Wiseman is at an ESL conference today sharing great resources. I will try to capture them on scoopit, twitter, and Facebook. We all need all the help we can get!

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Introducing an Experiment: Weekly Common Core Practice Prompts

Introducing an Experiment: Weekly Common Core Practice Prompts | Common Core Meiller | Scoop.it
We’re collaborating with two New Jersey teachers and their freshman classes to bring you three quick, engaging tasks each week that match the demands of the Common Core Standards with the content of that week’s New York Times.
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Great lessons and writing prompts!

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