Much of the available information about close reading centers on secondary schools... But close reading can't wait until 7th grade or junior year in high school. It needs to find its niche in kindergarten and the years just beyond if we mean to build the habits of mind that will lead all students to deep understanding of text.
Living up to the vision of the Common Core requires focus and coherence. Curricula and technology need to be aligned with the vision, and implemented in ways true to the spirit of sense making described here – including equitable access to the mathematics for all students...
Discover digital tools for learning: http://bit.ly/11qVCLu We learn best from our peers.our educational system still depends on us learning from people 20-50 years our senior. Not a bad idea, when people older than us know the subject really well. But, what if students can teach other students? Or even better, what if the students can learn in the process of teaching? Eric Marcos has students show up every day after class (for no extra credit!) to make math videos for their fellow students and the rest of the world. See why and how.
What Common Core Looks Like In A Second Grade Classroom NPR The Common Core State Standards in reading and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom?
The increased focus on both informational text and close reading provides social studies teachers with unique opportunities to support student learning. Try these five strategies in your classroom today to infuse the essence of the Common Core standards.
Below are additional resources that Stidham and Schmidt have found to be useful in helping teachers make the transition to the Common Core and in creating lessons that both challenge and engage students.
Teachers Pay Teachers—an “open marketplace” where teacher entrepreneurs buy, sell and share the resources they have createdIllustrative Mathematics—a site where teachers collaborate and review math resources./li>Shell Center for Mathematical Education—a site that provides formative assessment lessons used in the Math Design CollaborativeInside Mathematics—offers a “problem of the month” designed to engage entire schools in solving challenging tasksMathalicious—a site with a variety of creative, real-world lessons, such as how the speed of video game consoles has changed over time“Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers” by Penny Kittle“Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement” a book by Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, and Christopher Lehman“The Uncommon Core: Where the Authors of the Standards Go Wrong About Instruction—and How You Can Get It Right” a book by Michael W. Smith, Deborah Appleman and Jeffrey D. Wilhelm
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CCSS creates an opportunity for everyone in the education system to reflect on and make changes in many traditional practices and approaches. This is promising--there's a whole lot that needs to change in order for kids to get what they need, but it's also very scary.
These new tests look different than what we’re used to, and have tremendous potential to address many of the biggest problems with standardized tests. It’s critical that we stay focused on the long game here, because in the short-term, implementation is going to get messy.