The goal of the Common Core assessments, as with the curricula itself, is to devise a richer, more thoughtful approach to K-12 learning, one that is – in the words of the Common Core developers – “fewer, clearer, higher.” But while the aim is...
Misunderstandings of the role of the word like in a word problem lead to the interesting discussions described in this post. In this blog, we discover that asking students to cite evidence can lead to unexpected responses.
This week: narrative writing about a children's book award; informative writing about daily routines and their potential risks; and argumentative writing about cats and their surprisingly deadly habits.
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I hope you find this simple post useful. Here is the Commom Core's description. I also found the tip of using the "Authors" statement for avoiding redundancy with listing the publisher at the IRA Guide to Style.
Sanchez Elementary kindergarten teacher Jenny Chamberlain opened the writing notebook of one of her students, flipping through the first pages filled with pictures -- but no writing other than some random letters.
"Beating a text to death with skill after skill is counterproductive—the reader walks away determined never to return to the text again and with little retention of the skills. By choosing one text structure or reading strategy, teachers provide a focus for students to explore and come to understand without destroying the text."