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## 15 More Resources For Common Core Learning

15 More Resources For Common Core Learning
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## A Passion for Fractions | Teaching Channel

Great lesson to teach students how to multiply fractions. This multiple part lesson is perfect for grade 4 and 5 students as they learn to multiply fractions. Aligns with Common Core Standards for Math.
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I think that this video of a lession on A Passion for Fractions is a great resource. While mainly targeted at 3-5 grade, this teacher implements and incorporates various strategies that are both teaching and learning practices, in this particular case of exploring fractions. A lot come through for me and connected with what we have been discussing in our classes and in Math in particular. This teacher starts with a story which uses and incorporates math to encourage interest and curiousity among the students. They are then guided to develop and explore a riddle to solve. She provides opportunities and specifically directs to extend previous understanding. She also guides them in exploring representations and understanding the task. She also discusses how she provides them with multiple entry points.

The math curriculum for Fifth Grade includes several units on fractions. I feel that the approach and meaningful experiences represented in this video have provided me with insight and some great ideas on how to teach students to multiply fractions.

One other aspect that I really appreciate is instilling in students a passion for fractions. This allows learning to be relevant and accessible for students when they experience content in a way that they can understand and relate to. This in turnves them an excitement and motivation for that learning, and they have a reason and purpose for learning it.

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This is another Teaching channel video.  I love this resource.  This one is dedicated to teaching fractions and is aligned with Common Core.  It lists the standards used and explains the techniques as you go.  It goes through showing the problem in multiple ways for multiple learning styles and how to walk students through a problem solving process.  My fifth graders have shown me that they need practice in working through and persevering in problem solving.  I believe that if we systematically walk them through a process, then they will eventually adopt this process for themselves and become more effective thinkers.  They are not there yet, but resources like this video are great learning tools for teachers on how to get the thinking across to the students.

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## California CCSS Implementation Plan

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## 20 Reflective Questions To Help Students Respond To Common Core Texts

20 Reflective Questions To Help Students Respond To Common Core Texts
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Common Core help for students.

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## We must teach students to ask WHY

Now that the Common Core State Standards require students to make claims and support them with evidence, my students have to learn how to ask and answer more complex questions. This is challenging for both students and teachers.
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Very true

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## North Dakota Commits to Smarter Balanced

The state decided that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium offers it a chance to share assessment goals with neighboring states.
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## Literacy and the Common Core - Education Week

Under the new common-core standards, educators are debating which literary texts should be taught in class, preparing for the rollout of new textbooks and readers, pushing literacy development across subject areas, and connecting reading and...
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A must have FYI

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## Math Teacher: Letter to Parents on #CommonCore

Dear parent or guardian,

My name is Andy Harridge and I will be your student’s math teacher for this 2013-14 school year.  During this school year, you will see many differences between my math class and what math class looked like when we were in school. These changes are due to the nationwide movement towards the Common Core State Standards...

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Very well-written letter.  Thanks for sharing--and thanks for being so student-centered.

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Math Common Core ubderstanding for parents.

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## Common Core Chat

Join educators around the world on the discussion Common Core State Standads through a Twitter chat!

#CCSSChat is a bi-monthly chat. Discussion will be participant lead on votes prior to chat focusing on what we know, fear, and love about the new Common Core State Standards, as well as curriculum, trainings, and more.

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## Literary vs. Informational Text: Balance

Using Text Genre Brace Maps to Balance Informational Texts and Literature

Janet Alvarez's curator insight,

Good article that references the use of Thinking Maps.  The article also has a link which provides specific examples.

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Strategies for balancing the following:

Literature: Stories, drama, and poetry. Realistic fiction and historical fiction fall into the literature category and do not qualify as informational text.Informational text: Predominantly follows an expository text structure rather than a narrative form and often includes print features, captions, tables of contents, indices, diagrams, glossaries, and tables. Although biographies and memoirs are informational in terms of their content, their narrative structure excludes them from being the predominant focus for instruction of informational text.
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## Read Alouds and Increasing Comprehension

Read Alouds have had an important place in education and the lives of our students since Jim Trelease published his first book about read alouds in 1982 (more information about his work here).  Some other names that have been used to describe read alouds include:

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THe importance of read alouds during instruction, the formats, and suggested strategies.

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## State rethinks new end-of-grade school tests

Complaints about new tests in subjects from science to civics have the State Board of Education reconsidering how to use the results and who will write future exams.
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## How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading

Students cringe when teachers mention annotation because they know it’s time-consuming, detail-oriented, and just plain boring.

At least that’s their initial impression. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this reaction at the beginning of many school years, when introducing and requiring annotations on student reading assignments. And I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing those same students automatically and joyfully annotate by the end of the school year.

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Every teacher should enhance their student's reading comprehension by using  annotations as a record of their thinking. If you’re thinking, make a record of it by writing down.

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## 3 easy steps to understanding the Common Core

In order to better understand an issue that will affect every aspect of K-12 schooling, I recommend you take three important steps:

1.Watch Mike McShane’s Top 3 video (below) on the Common Core.

2.Read “5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About the Common Core” and AEI’s recent research paper series, which addresses how the Common Core will affect other school improvement efforts.

3. Engage in the conversation. Don’t just jump on the pro- or anti- bandwagon; ask hard questions and seek out answers… because kids’ futures are depending on it.

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Common Core for parents.

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## Transition to SBAC Assessments: Checklist for School Leaders

Districts and schools in California will switch to a new statewide assessment system in the 2014-15 school year.

The new assessments will focus on the Common Core State Standards and be administered through a computerized testing system being developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).

Looking toward statewide implementation in 2014-15, districts should be evaluating their needs and establishing action plans to ensure a successful transition.

Sonoma County's webpage for school support in transitioning to SBAC assessments. I found a number of useful documents here, including a planning organizer and references addressing the increased need for formative assessment in preparation for the coming Next Generation assessment.

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## Teach Informational Texts Alongside The Literature You Love

The Common Core places new emphasis on the importance of reading and analyzing complex nonfiction and informational texts. This has many English teachers feeling like their literature is under attack, but students fall in love with stories.
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## SBAC Practice Test Scoring Guides

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## 5 Levels of Close Reading

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## PARCC Releases Final Grade- and Subject-Specific PLDs

State K-12 and higher education representatives, content experts and classroom educators, used the feedback to revise and clarify the PLDs to make them more accessible for educators as well as provide linkages to the PARCC assessment blueprints released at the end of April.

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## Standards are not self-actualizing. They must be implemented and assessed!

By Chester E. Finn

"Standards are not self-actualizing. Indeed, they can be purely symbolic, even illusory. Unless thoroughly implemented and properly assessed, they have scant traction in schools, classrooms, and the lives—and futures—of students."

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## OK out of PARCC - Keeps Common Core - "Consortia are not the standards."

The two consortia are not the standards. They have to so with assessments, the tests you give kids to see if their learning what those standards say. Oklahoma is exercising its right not to utilize PARCC’s assessment. Instead, the state will develop its own standardized test to be implemented in the 2014-15 school year.

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## 5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About The Common Core — The American Magazine

The Common Core has the potential to be a positive force in education, but parents must be vigilant.
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Common Core help for parents.

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## Close Reading: "The Ultimate Goal"

Our goal with close reading is not just to pass a test, perform above a “cut score,” or read closely because the teacher said so.  Sure, the current emphasis on close reading may be due to CCR Reading Anchor Standard 1 , but is that really what we want for our children, grandchildren, and students?

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I like this article because it provides good information on close reading with a short concise definition.  The article also provides links to other websites.

Check it out!

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## Guessing Won't Work: Everything You Need to Know About CCSS Testing

Teachers as Technology Trailblazers

Ending the Guessing Game

“When in doubt, just pick B.” ~Anonymous

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## Refocusing the Rhetoric on Common Core

The rush to be "ready" for common assessments in 2015 has dominated conversation about the new tests. But in some places, they're starting to be seen as only a beginning.
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