These Action Briefs for school leaders are a starting point, designed to increase awareness of the standards, create a sense of urgency around their implementation, and provide these stakeholders — who are faced with dramatically increased expectations in the context of fewer resources — with a deeper understanding of the standards and their role in implementing the standards. Achieve, in partnership with College Summit, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals, released this with support from MetLife Foundation.
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.
I started teaching seven years ago, and I have worked in four different schools in three different states. I’ve always sought schools and environments with higher standards for what students should know and be able to do, as well as higher expectations for what teachers can accomplish.
Discover new ways to teach problem solving and perseverance in this episode. With a number of lesson and teaching strategies for all grades, this is a must for teachers looking for innovative ways to teach students about problem solving.
"One may presume that the tests currently being prepared by the two consortia of states are closely aligned with the standards. But in cases where states are making or buying their own tests, there is less assurance."
Teacher Nancy Barile writes how she found movies could help students understand using evidence to support claims and how to analyze literary and informational texts, among other skills required by the common standards.
When Florida decided to adopt the Common Core education requirements, which the state renamed Florida Standards, it not only increased the demands on grade school students, but it upped the challenge for GED students, as well.
Mel Riddile's insight:
“The GED 2014 is a completely different test, much more rigorous,”
"The quality of teacher training will be crucial to the success of the new Common Core State Standards in math, educators say, and the pressure is on districts to give elementary school teachers the skills they’ll need to provide students with a firm foundation in early arithmetic."
Teaching Channel presents an inside look into how the Common Core is being used inside the classroom. Watch a number of different lessons covering Math and English Language Arts for a number of grade levels. Get ideas and strategies for teaching to the Common Core.
The results from two studies that looked at teachers' preparedness for the common core came out this week.
Mel Riddile's insight:
NCLE found that 44 percent of teachers said they are well-prepared to implement the new standards (4 or 5 on a 5-point scale, with 5 being "very prepared"). According to Scholastic/Gates, on the other hand, 75 percent of teachers are "somewhat" or "very" prepared to teach the new standards.
Four districts that took an early and aggressive approach to implementation illustrate the difficulty of finding good instructional materials aligned to the new standards and supplying quality professional development.
It does not serve our nation or our future when some children are systemically less prepared than others, nor does it serve our nation to have this issue tossed onto a political battlefield where it becomes a casualty of partisanship and deliberate m...
Raising academic standards for students in the U.S. is imperative to fostering college and career readiness and to keep our nation globally competitive. Employers in New York and across the nation are having difficulty finding skilled workers to fill open positions, not only in terms of technical and academic skills, but also in soft skills.