A recent report calls for deeper integration of educator effectiveness, Common Core standards, and professional learning. Joellen Killion explores how to weave these three components together.
Excellent article and discussion for education policy makers at the district and state level.
Especially appreciate... "Educator effectiveness systems for teachers, for example, have focused on general teaching practices applicable to all disciplines without attention to the content-specific pedagogy needed to realize deep implementation of Common Core standards. "
In 2012, Georgia replaced NCLB's accountability measure with the College and Career Readiness Performance Index, which weighs scores in social studies, science and language arts just as much as reading and math.
Despite claims by advocates for Common Core, there is no universal timeless interpretation of a text. Meaning then and now is something that we debate, not uncover, while supporting our views with evidence from both the text and from the world.
Yes! Exactly. This is a problem in the messaging and implimentation of common core, as well as a misunderstanding of literacy in social studies (at least a misunderstanding in the delivery of CCSS)
Today's post begins a two-part series examining two common misunderstandings about text complexity. The first misunderstanding is that texts with harder words are more complex.
' Throughout the reading, Kim felt the need to reread and adjust the pace of her reading in order to fully understand what Fullan meant to convey. In spite of the challenges, however, Kim feels that she has the background, skills, and motivation she’ll need to navigate this book. This means that while Stratosphere is “hard,” it is still “just right.”'
In this post, we tell share a story about a fifth grade reader given an impossibly difficult text to close read and make the case that you can't closely read something that you don't understand in the first place.
Good check on how to closely read a rigorious text vs rereading a text that is too complex
"So how do we fix this? How do we get to a point where the people who hold expectations for and are making decisions about our profession are building those expectations and making those decisions based on something more than the 13 years they spent sitting in a student desk?
We write, we share, we talk, we invite, we explain, and we advocate -- at the local coffee shop, on the sidelines of Little League games, in Sunday School, in online forums -- early and often. We pull back the curtains and give everyone we know a behind-the-scenes look at just what it is we do when we're NOT standing in front of students.
People really do want to support teachers. They just don't know how hard it is to teach. That's our challenge."
The implementation of the Common Core State Standards has been a mess and has put these standards at risk of survival.
"The problem is not the standards; it is the implementation and the bureaucratic desire to standardize everything about the education process from lesson plans to testing. This must stop. Policy needs to change. Administrators must adjust practices. Teachers must be respected. The accountability system has to be overhauled or Common Core State Standards are doomed for failure."
In this lesson, students explore the interactive Op-Doc “A Short History of the Highrise” to learn 2,500 years of history through images, verse and interactives and use it as a jumping-off point for inquiry and discussion.
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