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5 Tips to Boost Kids’ Kindergarten Readiness in 15 Minutes or Less | The Edvocate

5 Tips to Boost Kids’ Kindergarten Readiness in 15 Minutes or Less | The Edvocate | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it
Parents can help kids improve their reading abilities long before they reach Kindergarten classrooms with 5 simple, everyday tasks.
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Checking homework: Ohio dad's ridicule of Common Core goes viral - Fox News

Checking homework: Ohio dad's ridicule of Common Core goes viral - Fox News | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it
An Ohio father is frustrated about the complexities of Common Core and cut a check to voice his disapproval.
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Why the Best Teachers Won't Ditch the Lecture

Why the Best Teachers Won't Ditch the Lecture | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it
Recently, Stephen Kosslyn, the founding Dean of Minerva Schools, offered a great explanation of
why active learning is superior to lectures. While I admire and appreciate radical innovations in educational models like Minerva, I’d like to share a point of view that presents the lecture and act

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Deep Connections Between Children’s Exposure to Philosophy and Attaining Skills Central to Common Core | Boston Parents Paper

Deep Connections Between Children’s Exposure to Philosophy and Attaining Skills Central to Common Core | Boston Parents Paper | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it
Deep Connections:Children's Exposure to Philosophy and Attaining Common Core Skills. http://t.co/mDtOjZHzXQ #parents #philosophy #commoncore
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Who Taught These Kids to Think by: Teresa Littrell McDaniel

Who Taught These Kids to Think by: Teresa Littrell McDaniel | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it
“Who Taught These Kids to Think?” By Dr. Teresa Littrell McDaniel As a secondary school assistant principal I frequently ponder the origination of and motivation behind many student behaviors. Recently a retired educator described how many in this generation of students, including his 5 year old
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The Inconvenient Truth About Assessment

The Inconvenient Truth About Assessment | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it
The Inconvenient Truth About Assessment

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Why teachers should ask more questions and "cold call" kids

Why teachers should ask more questions and "cold call" kids | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it
Doug Lemov’s first book sold 800,000 copies, a teaching phenomenon. His new book has even more.

 

A teacher could also be “cold calling,” which means asking questions of students who don’t raise their hands and are less likely to have paid attention. “Be aware, though,” Lemov says, “that it’s important not to limit your cold call only to when you check for understanding. You want to cold call before — and frequently — so that you normalize it, and students aren’t surprised when you use cold call as part of your targeted questions.”


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Rating teachers not as easy as 1, 2, 3

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The idea seems simple enough: Identify the best teachers and reward them. Pinpoint the worst and fire them. That’s been a linchpin of the Obama administration’s education agenda from the start. But now the administration’s initiative is in disarray, with states scaling back, slowing down and, in some cases, putting off tough decisions...

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Tennessee Quits PARCC, Leaving 15 Members

Tennessee Quits PARCC, Leaving 15 Members | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it
Tennessee points to a new law that rules out the use of PARCC exams in 2014-15.

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Common Core 'Spring Training': Maintain Realistic Expectations

Common Core 'Spring Training': Maintain Realistic Expectations | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it

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Integrating #CommonCore ELA Strategies into the Social Studies Classroom

Integrating #CommonCore ELA Strategies into the Social Studies Classroom | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it

Shift 1: Balancing Informational Text and Literature

Shift 2: Building Knowledge in the Disciplines

Shift 3: Staircase of Complexity

Shift 4: Text Based Answers

Shift 5: Writing from Sources

Shift 6: Academic Vocabulary

These shifts have direct implications for the social studies classroom. The increased focus on both informational text and close reading provides social studies teachers with unique opportunities to support student learning. 


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Mark Gillingham's curator insight, March 4, 2014 5:34 PM

It's important that the entire school set goals, help teachers implement strategies that meet the standards, and also meet the students where they are so they can be pushed further. 

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, March 4, 2014 9:08 PM

Not the most recent post on Common Core Implementation, but truly practical and necessary! Sometimes in our quest for new, we overlook good.

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Carol Dweck on the power of "Yet"

It's just one little word, but says world-renowned Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, it has the power to inspire your child to do incredible things.

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An Exercise in Reading Comprehension

An Exercise in Reading Comprehension | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it
An Exercise in Reading Comprehension. July 31, 2013 By vorjack Leave a Comment. Daniel Fincke started the conversation about the Ohio Holocaust Memorial with a very clear, sensible post. Naturally, someone got it completely wrong.
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Why This Trailblazing Astronaut Never Dreamed Of Going To Space

Why This Trailblazing Astronaut Never Dreamed Of Going To Space | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it
RT @exxonmobil: .@maejemison speaks about the origins of her interest in space & dedication to #STEM literacy http://t.co/PXS7bjuEMp http:/…
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Initial Common Core scores higher than expected but goals unfulfilled

Initial Common Core scores higher than expected but goals unfulfilled | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it

Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing.


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Carrie Jackson on Twitter

Carrie Jackson on Twitter | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it
Misconceptions of rigor... #truth #TMSHawkChat #edchat @RigorRelevance pic.twitter.com/XvV71tmMTZ
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12 Myths About Student Engagement - InformED

12 Myths About Student Engagement - InformED | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it
Student engagement is one of the most reliable predictors of gains in learning. We can all agree that students who actively participate in learning are m
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Forget it: the secret of remembering words - The Polyglot Dream

Forget it: the secret of remembering words - The Polyglot Dream | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it
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This informative article provides insight to how our students learn words and, consequently, how we should facilitate word acquisition.  

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Teresa McDaniel's curator insight, March 16, 2015 11:04 AM

Informative article to jumpstart our thinking about how our students learn words, and how we could more effectively teach words.

 

Teresa McDaniel's curator insight, March 16, 2015 11:07 AM

This informative article provides insight to how our students learn words and, consequently, how we should facilitate word acquisition.  

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High Schools Are a Disaster?

High Schools Are a Disaster? | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it

On the measure of academic engagement, the U.S. scored only at the international average, and far lower than our chief economic rivals: China, Korea, Japan, and Germany. In these countries, students show up for school and attend their classes more reliably than almost anywhere else in the world. But on the measure of social engagement, the United States topped China, Korea, and Japan.

In America, high school is for socializing. It’s a convenient gathering place, where the really important activities are interrupted by all those annoying classes. For all but the very best American students—the ones in AP classes bound for the nation’s most selective colleges and universities—high school is tedious and unchallenging. Studies that have tracked American adolescents’ moods over the course of the dayfind that levels of boredom are highest during their time in school.


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Teresa McDaniel's curator insight, March 8, 2015 9:38 PM

Push our students beyond their intellectual comfort zones!

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We must push our students beyond their intellectual comfort zone!

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Teacher Evaluation Reform Missed the Mark

Teacher Evaluation Reform Missed the Mark | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it

I have just read a post from Politico.com outlining the failures of the Teacher Evaluation Reform movement attributed to the Obama administration. At the core of the high stakes high accountability evaluation of teachers lies the accurate assumption that the evidence of instruction is learning, and learning is best assessed with a test. The article outlined the failures of the initiative citing lawsuits from teacher unions and flawed practices in attributing test scores to teachers. The article pointed out that several states who were eager to embrace evaluating teachers based on test scores have announced plans to abandon the practice. 

 

So let's reflect. President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act identified 'failing schools' and insisted districts allocate funds and resources to improve the failing schools. Many districts chose to close the identified schools, many of which needed more than a coat of paint and a new faculty. In an extreme attempt to reform failing Memphis City Schools District failing schools, Memphis gave up its state charter for operating public schools, forcing the county to absorb failing outdated facilities without the benefit of city taxation. But many school districts identified problems, imposed 'fresh start' strategies, and actually improved student levels of proficiency. Kudos to these communities! But the 'failing schools' initiative failed.  

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School Counselors - "the adoption of new standards directly impacts their daily work"

School Counselors - "the adoption of new standards directly impacts their daily work" | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it

Q: The Common Core emphasizes college- and career-readiness for all students, which is a shift for some schools that have typically focused on college-readiness for high achievers. How (if at all) will that shift affect a school counselor’s work?

 

A: "This shift should not have a major impact on a school counselor’s work. The school counselor’s role has long been to address the academic, career and social/emotional needs of all students so that they are prepared for higher education and for a successful transition to the world of work. School counselors will continue to advocate for student support, equity and access to a rigorous education for all students."


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Response to a Teacher's Resignation Letter

First, if saddens me when a loving, compassionate, veteran teacher such as Mrs. D leaves our profession, and as an educational leader I would likely consider that loss a personal failure. Thank you for your years of service to our children. Let me play Devil's Advocate here and speak as an educational leader. I would submit that inherent in this letter is the reason she was placed as a 'conference of concern' teacher. Everything she mentioned in her letter is an important part of being a teacher. But she mentioned learning only once. She never mentioned academic growth. She never mentioned academic skills she has taught her students. I mean absolutely no disrespect to Mrs. D and the thousands of teachers like her who in many ways are teaching the way they were taught to teach, but our job is to fill our students' brains with the knowledge and skills they will need to compete in a fast-paced global economy. She might have said 'my students have shown evidence of learning everything a third grade student should know, but I don't' feel respected.' Or perhaps, 'reducing my students to a data number does not address the academic gaps I was able to fill left vapid by their lack of basic skills prior to my time with them.' This would have suggested that learning was her greatest accomplishment. She did not mention academic futures, students who became doctors, engineers, teachers, high ranking soldiers, police officers, electricians. I am certain she has students who became all of those things, but my point is that in her final farewell she did not mention anything that suggests that academics and learning was what she did best, and frankly, that is possibly why she has lost her joy in the profession. Society has grown impatient with our inability to produce the level of educated humans the workforce now demands and has called us to task when we can't show evidence that our students are learning the skills they need to compete in a global economy. Is that accountability a bad thing?

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Common Core 'Spring Training': Maintain Realistic Expectations

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UNC halts athlete literacy researcher's work

UNC halts athlete literacy researcher's work | Common Core: Rigor with Vigor | Scoop.it
North Carolina has halted the research of reading specialist Mary Willingham until she receives approval from a review board and is investigating statements she made questioning the literacy level of Tar Heels athletes.
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Strategies AP teachers have used for years that align with Common Core


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