I'm going to share with you all of the different resources I find to help me out in my classroom. Most of them will be free (I'm cheap!), but I may share a few for-sale products as well... (Especially if I've tried them myself!)
Check out the tree below to get an idea of how the middle school math content in the Common Core fits together for 7th and 8th grade...If there's no link for a standard, that means Opus doesn't have any problems for it yet. New content appears all of the time, so if you don't find what you want, please check back soon.
Close reading is an outcome. You want students to be able to read texts—without a lot of external information from teachers or publishers—getting what the text says, how it works, and what it means (including my critical response, my sense of how it connects with other texts, etc.)
Wonderopolis is a whimsical, engaging site offering "Wonders of the Day" such as "Why do skunks stink?" "Do insects work out?" to "Who was Rosie the Riveter? Although it is primarily geared for elementary grades, students of all ages can learn from it. New questions are posted each day.
What we most need now is not cold feet, but high quality examinations, first-rate curriculum and instructional resources and high quality training for our teachers in the use of those standards, instructional resources and assessment systems. It will take years of determined effort to develop all that infrastructure and years more to implement it effectively. And there is no time to waste.
The standards were designed to elevate the quality of instruction in our country: to teach students to think independently, grapple with difficult texts, solve problems and explain their thinking in a clear and compelling way. This is a noble vision. But its attainment depends entirely on the execution.
NSDL.org is an online science library with links to high quality science, technology, engineering, and math resources for K-12 teachers, faculty, librarians, students and informal learners. Funded by the National Science Foundation.
The Common Core is a reminder of the credo literature professors live by. Language is the building block of great sentences, great paragraphs, great chapters, and great books. We cannot take it for granted.
You may not agree with this direction, but those who create assessments have already increased the reading difficulty on state tests. Students should not see difficult material for the first time on these tests. They have to be prepared to closely read, examine, decode, and digest material that is not within their “fluency” or comfort range.
In October, he was appointed president of the College Board, the organization best known for administering the Advanced Placement program and the SATs. He has been and continues to be an advocate for teacher voice in the Common Core State Standards.We spoke with Coleman about the Common Core:
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has given a $12.5 million contract to Amplify Insight (formerly known as Wireless Generation) to develop a digital library of formative assessment practices and professional learning resources for teachers.
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