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Collection of resources for educators that are transitioning to the Common Core State Standards
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Doing Math vs.Thinking Mathematically: What's the Difference?

Doing Math vs.Thinking Mathematically: What's the Difference? | common core practitioner | Scoop.it

Thinking mathematically is an art - specifically, as Lockhart (2002) states, "the art of explanation.  It's about actively developing deeper knowledge, understanding, and awareness of mathematical concepts, practices, and processes - more specifically,analyzing how, evaluating why, and creating new ways of thinking about and using mathematics.


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Jay Roth's curator insight, May 5, 2014 10:33 AM

This is an excellent comparison and explanation of why teaching mathematics is harder than just teaching procedures.

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The Innovation of Education - Using Technology to Create Successful Learners | Visual.ly

The Innovation of Education - Using Technology to Create Successful Learners | Visual.ly | common core practitioner | Scoop.it

This informative infographic explores how education has evolved over the past few hundred years as well as some of the new emerging trends.

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Poetry and Its Place in the Common Core State Standards

And, of course, poetry is part of the common core. A closer look at the grade-level standards reveals that poetry, poetic language, and poetry terminology (e.g., stanza, sonnet) are specifically mentioned in all grades.
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Side by Side: The SAT Changes and the Common Core

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Below is a College Board summary of the current and redesigned exam, and an Education Week analysis providing relevant material in the Common Core State Standards.
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Writing: A Core Skill:Teaching Argument Writing to ELLs

Writing: A Core Skill:Teaching Argument Writing to ELLs | common core practitioner | Scoop.it

Here's how teachers can prepare English language learners at three levels of proficiency for critiquing and writing arguments.

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Creating Assessment-Capable Learners

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In order to prepare students for when they are on the learning road to self-discovery, we need to make sure they are assessment capable learners.
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Testing Talk

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This site provides a space for you to share your observations of standardized tests your students are taking this year. Whether your district is giving its own, CC aligned test or is piloting PARCC or Smarter Balanced, we want to pass the microphone to you, the people closest to the students being tested.

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Cool Comic Posters on Multiple Intelligences ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Cool Comic Posters on Multiple Intelligences ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | common core practitioner | Scoop.it
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Differentiation Framework

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Resources for Teachers - Using assessment data and other tools and information to improve instruction for students
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Tracy Shaw's curator insight, March 31, 2014 11:05 AM

Most are already familiar with these ways to differentiate, but visual reminders are always helpful. 

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Friday Five: Ways Parents Can Help with Math - For the Teachers

Friday Five: Ways Parents Can Help with Math - For the Teachers | common core practitioner | Scoop.it

It can be easy to forget that math is more than addition and subtraction worksheets, school classes and memorized facts. So I’m trying to look for ways to show her how math is such an important part of our everyday lives: cooking and shopping, art and music and computers – it’s all math.

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Finding Meaning and Joy in Teaching: A Podcast with Meenoo Rami

Finding Meaning and Joy in Teaching: A Podcast with Meenoo Rami | common core practitioner | Scoop.it

Meenoo Rami's book, Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching is just out this month. In a new podcast, she talks about ways teachers can bring energy and joy back into their teaching:

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Common Core Conversations: Vocabulary

Common Core Conversations: Vocabulary | common core practitioner | Scoop.it

Professional development that enables teachers to identify essential vocabulary, recognizes the power of teaching fewer words deeply, and leads teachers to informed decision-making about where and when to dwell in the appropriate tiers will support this shift. 

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We Are Teachers

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Kids begin school with a wide range of skills, and that can make it tough to plan lessons that can help every child in your classroom thrive. Here are 20 quick differentiation ideas that we hope will spark a few simple solutions for your classroom.

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New Common Core math connections

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Browse the Khan Academy math skills by Common Core standard. With over 50,000 unique questions, we provide complete coverage.
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Common Core, Critical Thinking and Aesop's Fables

Common Core, Critical Thinking and Aesop's Fables | common core practitioner | Scoop.it
Critical thinking is the means by which we objectively analyze the pros and cons of a situation in order to make informed decisions.
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Educational Leadership:Writing: A Core Skill:Making the Most of Mentor Texts

Educational Leadership:Writing: A Core Skill:Making the Most of Mentor Texts | common core practitioner | Scoop.it

Mentor texts are most powerful when students frequently revisit them throughout the writing process—and when teachers help them take lessons from writing exemplars.

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Common Core Standards Explorer

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Find the best digital products for your curriculum by using intuitive filters that quickly guide you through the Common Core State Standards and surface products.

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PARCC Kid-Friendly Rubrics

PARCC Kid-Friendly Rubrics | common core practitioner | Scoop.it
Download some PARCC-based, kid-friendly rubrics here. There are user- friendly Prose Constructed Response (PCR) rubrics for each grade level.  Prose Constructed Responses are on-demand writing pieces that are crafted in response to text, or prose.
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6-12 Creativity & Innovation Rubric (CCSS Aligned) - Project Based Learning

6-12 Creativity & Innovation Rubric (CCSS Aligned) - Project Based Learning | common core practitioner | Scoop.it

The first part of this rubric helps teachers guide students in grades 6-12 in using an effective process for innovation in various phases of a project, and it can be used to assess their performance. Alignment with CCSS is noted.

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Resources for Teachers

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Resources for Teachers - Using assessment data and other tools and information to improve instruction for students
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Friday Five: Ways Parents Can Help with Spelling - For the Teachers

Friday Five: Ways Parents Can Help with Spelling - For the Teachers | common core practitioner | Scoop.it

 ...for me and any other parents looking for some fun and unique ways to practice spelling words with kids, here are five ideas I’ll be trying over the next few weeks, and a few extra just because

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3 Important Graphics to Help Parents Teach Their Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

3 Important Graphics to Help Parents Teach Their Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | common core practitioner | Scoop.it
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Creating your own eTextbooks for Common Core | eSchool News

In an effort to save schools and districts money that’s often spent on outdated textbooks, many of which are not aligned with the Common Core State Standards, innovative educators and administrators are using online resources to create customized eTextbooks.
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