"The adoption of the Common Core State Standards has simply been a positive reinforcement of our direction of educating all our students." — Pacifica (Pacifica School District Takes on #commoncore By 'Transforming ...
Smarter Balanced is the only viable option. “Because Smarter Balanced was designed primarily by state assessment directors to understand these needs, this should not be a surprising result,” the report states.
Common Core Unrest Obvious in 17 States Huffington Post (blog) Proponents of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are fond of saying that CCSS "has been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia." However, it seems that they refuse to...
Come see the ice geysers of Enceladus, the searing volcanoes of Io, or the secluded canyons of Mars! The wonders of the solar system have never looked so wonderful.
That’s the sense you get from looking at this fantastic collection of planetary posters from astronomer and artist Tyler Nordgren of the University of Redlands in California.
The posters manage to be futuristic and classic at the same time. Nordgren drew from a variety of sources for the illustrations: including 1930s Works Project Administration “See America” propaganda art, a vintage Air Afrique travel poster that can be seen in line at Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise ride, an old Pan Am advertisement for flights to tropical destinations that he has thumbtacked on his wall.
You can also clearly see the resemblance to vintage posters promoting the national parks. But mostly, Nordgren wants his work to show people the connection between the heavens and our own planet.
“All the things we find here on Earth – different landforms and geology – it’s the same on other planets and moons,” he said. “If we can explore the solar system there will be tremendous and amazing landscapes to see.”
Nordgren has always loved to draw and published a political comic strip during most of his time in college and graduate school. But at some point, he decided it would be easier to be a professional astronomer that does art on the side than the other way around.
Nordgren earned his Ph.D. and spent time researching dark matter and pulsating stars. After getting tenure, he looked for educational outreach opportunities. He started working with the National Parks Service, educating rangers on the night sky so they could in turn explain cosmic phenomena to park visitors.
“For most people today, the night sky is totally alien to them,” said Nordgren.
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Hey students, your report card can now earn you a free cell phone plan. Best Buy and Sprint announced Monday that they've teamed up to offer free unlimited talk and text, plus 1GB of data, for one full year to students.
It works like this: Head to Best Buy between November 18 and January 4 and buy a new feature phone or smartphone at the Student Activated Price (the average phone price is $530), and activate it on a Sprint Unlimited, My Way plan. You'll need to pay for the cost of the phone, plus a $36 activation fee, taxes, and any other applicable fees.
Next, go to Sprint's student verification site within 14 days of your purchase to prove that you're a current student. One you're verified, your account will be credited for one year of unlimited talk and text, plus 1GB per month of data if you buy a smartphone, which Sprint says is a $70 per month value.
If 1GB of data isn't enough for your studying -- or let's be real, social media -- needs, you can pay $10 per month for unlimited data. You can also trade in your current phone to get a new handset with the offer. It's worth noting that you don't need to sign a two-year agreement for the student line. Lastly, students can get up to nine extra free years of service when a new line is added to the same account they're on.
Before you start thinking of ways to game the system, here's what you need to prove to Sprint that you're a student:
"The standard tells you the outcome that must be accomplished, but not everything that a student may need to learn to reach the goal is specified. That's where the teacher comes in… what do we need to teach to accomplish these standards? That is up to us."
Testing and teaching are not the same thing. Some educators are blurring the lines.
"As a profession, we are confusing reading and writing instruction with assessment of that instruction. Many teachers strive, as I did, to insert “test-like” experiences within the context of their units to decrease the stand alone skills practice that high stakes testing often causes, but the truth is undeniable. We are increasingly blurring the lines between instruction (teaching and learning) and assessment of instruction (tests to measure teaching and learning)."
Many children are not strategic readers of nonfiction text; they dive into reading nonfiction the same way they approach a story or a novel. But if students are to become literate readers in a world filled with an abundance of information, they need to be good readers and strategic readers. Strategic readers
establish goals for reading;select reading strategies appropriate for the text they are reading;monitor their reading to determine if they are comprehending or not; andhave a positive attitude toward reading.
Via Mel Riddile
As we stand at the Common Core buffet of reading, there seems to be a risk that we are going to force students to binge just for a better grade on a test, when we should be teaching them to try everything from the menu to help prepare them for...
Henry Jenkins defines transmedia storytelling as “a process where integral elements of a fiction get dispersed systematically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience. Ideally, each medium makes it own unique contribution to the unfolding of the story.”
In transmedia storytelling, narrative is central to the story, which is told across multiple platforms, and may include sound, images, text, movie and gaming elements. The best part about it is that each of those elements plays an integral part of the narrative. And without experiencing all of those elements, you miss the full story. That’s what makes transmedia storytelling a powerful tool for 21st century literacy and learning.
In today’s literacy-rich world, I identified 7 different literacies that you’ll find within good transmedia storytelling projects (Inanimate Alice is an exemplary form, and includes all these literacies):
These Common Core Writing Rubrics Help Teachers in All Subject Areas Identify and Score Good Writing, Bad Writing, and Everything in Between (RT @PrincipalDiff: Writing Rubrics for High School http://t.co/C7yA4z9xo9...
Guest Viewpoint: Common Core standards offer correct course for US schools Elmira Star-Gazette The CCLS were not developed by the federal government, but are part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a voluntary, state-led effort...
Neal McClusky of The Cato Institute wrote an op/ed for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that was published yesterday. He pointed out that all Common Core critics are not extreme. I appreciate his article because it seems as though those who advocate...
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