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Teachers May Need to Deepen Assessment Practices for Common Core

Teachers May Need to Deepen Assessment Practices for Common Core | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
As teachers transition to common standards, experts say they may need to take on more of a "teacher- researcher" role in the classroom.
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Good discussion of formative assessments beyond exit tickets.

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Questions about Questions: NCSS and UbD

 “What is the relationship between an essential question and a compelling question?"  Key questions for C3 Social Studies and Instructional Design

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The Answer to Implicit Racism Might Be in Children's Literature

The Answer to Implicit Racism Might Be in Children's Literature | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Could diverse protagonists reduce racial anxiety?
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Creating a Consistent & Rigorous Teacher Licensure Process | Third Way

Creating a Consistent & Rigorous Teacher Licensure Process | Third Way | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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"We suggest a rigorous, two-step licensure process that assesses both content (subject area knowledge) and performance (the ability to impart that knowledge in front of pupils). This would mean requiring 1) a demonstration of content and pedagogical knowledge before a teacher ever enters the classroom and 2) the completion of a performance assessment within one year of full-time teaching to remain there."

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Life of an Educator: 10 ways to transform the way we do education

Life of an Educator: 10 ways to transform the way we do education | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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Although I agree with all, there is tremendous value in #2

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Life of an Educator: Making that redo/retake policy actually work!

Life of an Educator: Making that redo/retake policy actually work! | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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Wonderful thoughts and resources for students who perform poorly on assessments

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American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | WIRED

American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | WIRED | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Being dumb in the existing educational system is bad enough. Failing to create a new way of learning adapted to contemporary circumstances might be a national disaster.
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Evaluating and Vetting Common Core "Aligned" Close Reading Materials | Burkins & Yaris

Evaluating and Vetting Common Core "Aligned" Close Reading Materials | Burkins & Yaris | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
In this post on evaluating and vetting Common Core alignment in close reading materials, we offer three questions as a lens for scrutinizing texts and
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3 Key Questions for CC materials and lessons:

1.  How interested will your students be in reading this text?

2.  Who does the work?

3.  Are the questions worth answering?

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Purposeful Annotation: A "Close Reading" Strategy that Makes Sense | Teaching the Core

Purposeful Annotation: A "Close Reading" Strategy that Makes Sense | Teaching the Core | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
In this post, Dave Stuart Jr. unpacks the simple, straightforward strategy that folks in his classroom call "purposeful annotation."
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Thoughtful blog post on the 'why' and 'how' to use annotation in your classroom.  

- "We want to help them get the hang of annotating as they read keeping their purpose for reading in the front of their mind."

-"Fight relentlessly against this becoming busywork"

-"You’ll know you’re doing purposeful annotation right when looking back on your annotations after reading results in an easier time with the post-reading task"

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As Apprentices in Classroom, Teachers Learn What Works

As Apprentices in Classroom, Teachers Learn What Works | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
A charter school training program reflects the belief that teachers, like doctors, need to practice repeatedly with experienced supervisors before they can take the reins in classes of their own.
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The New Teachers' Aides: Superman and Iron Man

The New Teachers' Aides: Superman and Iron Man | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Leading industry talents are creating new comic books for the classroom, aligning them with the Common Core.
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Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences

Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Students own their struggles and strengths when they lead parent-teacher conferences.
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Nearly 2/3 of Americans Can't Name the Three Branches of Government. But That's Not the Real Problem. | Big Think

Nearly 2/3 of Americans Can't Name the Three Branches of Government. But That's Not the Real Problem. | Big Think | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
A recent Annenberg survey reveals what we already know: Americans, by and large, are ignorant of their country's constitutional framework. The predictable calls for tougher high school civics standards ignore the fact that people don't have much of a reason to care about the government.
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Core Ready Schools | The Aspen Institute

Core Ready Schools | The Aspen Institute | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Core Ready Schools is a tool designed to assist you in benchmarking implementation efforts in your school against a comprehensive roadmap for fully implementing the Common Core State Standards (or your state’s college- and career-ready standards).
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Tools to implement CCSS

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5 Great Teachers On What Makes A Great Teacher

5 Great Teachers On What Makes A Great Teacher | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
For our 50 Great Teachers series, a panel of experts shares thoughts on great teaching: past, present and future.
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11 Dramatic Photos from World War I

11 Dramatic Photos from World War I | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
To commemorate Veterans Day, here are 11 photos highlighting different aspects of the war.
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Sources to enhance WWII lessons

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Musical shares. A innovative reflection activity to celebrate learning

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Musical shares. A innovative reflection activity to celebrate learning | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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Quick and active reflection activity for students or adults.

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Lincoln Would Have Loved Twitter. He Played the Press Like a Pro. | Big Think

Lincoln Would Have Loved Twitter. He Played the Press Like a Pro. | Big Think | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Understanding the relationship that Abraham Lincoln had with the press, which was then limited entirely to newspapers, helps put our current obsession with the news media in historical context.
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Learning to Muse: Social Studies Includes History and Thinking

Learning to Muse: Social Studies Includes History and Thinking | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it

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"As a professional, I am given the freedom to determine which events from history we will use to make connections and classify them as example of change and continuity. Likewise, for each of the historical thinking standards above, these standards honor my professional judgment for working with my individual students to determine which events from history we will explore."

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Life of an Educator: What if this was your district's grading policy?

Life of an Educator: What if this was your district's grading policy? | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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* 2. We believe a student’s grade should reflect what he/she actually knows and can demonstrate on a classroom assignment or assessment tied to specific learning standard(s)

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A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned

A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
art of getting my feet wet, my principal suggested I “be” a student for two days:
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Brilliant

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Reading Like a Historian: Text, (Math) Textbooks, and Ideology

Reading Like a Historian: Text, (Math) Textbooks, and Ideology | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Reading Like a Historian: Text, (Math) Textbooks, and Ideology Textbooks as History As a historian, analyzing textbooks from different places and time periods is fascinating to me. I love being abl...
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Guns and the Southern Freedom Struggle: What’s Missing When We Teach About Nonviolence

Guns and the Southern Freedom Struggle: What’s Missing When We Teach About Nonviolence | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
This country is bad with its history. Pieces of history that could help us think more clearly about today’s movements for social change are often ignored or distorted in popular media or commercial textbooks. This is especially true in the treatment of “nonviolent” resistance in the Civil Rights Movement.
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Denver students stage walkout over 'censored' history lessons | Al Jazeera America

Denver students stage walkout over 'censored' history lessons | Al Jazeera America | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Students angry over proposal to focus lessons on topics that promote patriotism, downplay civil disobedience
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