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Why Were the Common Core Standards Created?

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RT @Hunt_Institute: Another Hunt Inst exclusive! .@GovernorMarkell explains "Why We Created #CommonCore!" http://t.co/K7v0Lelgdp #CCSS

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, June 13, 2014 2:38 PM

The four-year anniversary of the Common Core! And yet, as I visit schools and work with teachers and administrators, I find more who have NOT read the standards than have read the standards. That may not be true in your state or in your school, but it should not be true ANYWHERE! Complaining about the standards is easier than reading them, working to understand what they mean for grade-level instruction, and applying the standards to teaching and learning. Regardless, you can't get to final step until you take the first step: read the standards.

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Building Staff Rapport With Flash Lessons

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A hands-on administrator asks teachers to become students for a class period and, at his prompting, model trust, academic risk taking, and camaraderie.
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Dear Teacher on the Tired Days,

Dear Teacher on the Tired Days, | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I get it. I had a student hurt my feelings today. Words that cut deep and wounded because there is always an element of truth perceived by the one being sarcas
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Pre-reading: 5 short lessons to support any prompt: LDC

Pre-reading: 5 short lessons to support any prompt: LDC | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
You’re working on an assignment for your students. You’ve constructed a great prompt, and know that students will need to read closely to develop written responses that communicate their understanding of the content. But how do you get your students there, step by step? A quick search on LDC CoreTools can help. In addition to searching for short lessons in LDC CoreTools by discipline, grade level, and standard, did you know you can also search by skills & process? Here is an example of a search for reading process skills:
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10 DIY Reading games for kids

10 DIY Reading games for kids | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Looking for some homemade reading games you can make in just a few minutes? We've got ten of them!
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What Is Understanding? -

Assessing understanding might be the most complex task an educator or academic institution is tasked with. Unfortunately, professional development gives a lower level of attention to developing quality assessments, training that is rarely commensurate with this complexity. The challenge of assessment is no less than figuring out what a learner knows, and where he or she needs to go next.
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A Few Strategies to Help Slow-Working Students

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We want students to work at their own pace, but when one student is significantly slower than his peers, it can cause problems for him and for his teachers.
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Student Teacher Survival Guide: 20 Gift Ideas for Mentor Teachers

Student Teacher Survival Guide: 20 Gift Ideas for Mentor Teachers | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Are you almost done student teaching? Here are 20 gift ideas for mentor teacher to say thanks!
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These 10 Truth Bombs for Middle Schoolers Will Be Total Lifesavers for Your Kiddo - For Every Mom

These 10 Truth Bombs for Middle Schoolers Will Be Total Lifesavers for Your Kiddo - For Every Mom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Middle school is tough, so arm your kids well with these 10 truth bombs!
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18 Strategies to Scaffold Readers Before They're Released into the Wild

Spring is upon us, even here in Michigan. With sunshine peeking in through classroom windows, your students are no doubt asking to have class outside. After all those cold winter months, they’re like rehabilitated animals itching to get out and stretch their legs.
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Use Text Sets to Spark Unstoppable Learning

Use Text Sets to Spark Unstoppable Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Thematic text sets can tap into the social worlds & narrative driven lives of adolescents to spark unstoppable learning, say educators Katie & Chris Cunningham
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How schools around the country are turning dead Microsoft PCs into speedy Chromebooks

How schools around the country are turning dead Microsoft PCs into speedy Chromebooks | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The Ovid-Elsie school district sits an hour west of Flint, Michigan, the city now notorious for being poisoned by its own penny-pinching administrators. The district, which serves roughl
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Area and Perimeter Street Art: The Process

Area and Perimeter Street Art: The Process | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, my students and I embarked upon a new Arts integrated math project. I had found that it was a challenge to help students master rigorous area and perimeter concepts because the work that we were doing was not authentic
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Formative Assessment Must Haves - MasteryConnect Blog

Formative Assessment Must Haves - MasteryConnect Blog | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Learn how to get the most out of formative assessment in your K-12 classroom by learning the three things that make it work.
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Tech It Up Tuesday: 50 Tools & Apps for Showcasing Student Knowledge

Tech It Up Tuesday: 50 Tools & Apps for Showcasing Student Knowledge | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Greetings and welcome to “Tech It Up Tuesday”, a weekly series in which I share an edtech tool, app, site or other resource that can be utilized in the educational setting. This week features an ex…

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, April 28, 2:12 PM
Wonderful ways to engage students to show what they know. My students love many of these tools and we look forward to exploring more.
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"With a myriad of web tools and apps available to teachers, it’s sometimes mind-boggling trying to identify which are the most effective for the classroom. But if you’re looking for some innovative ways to showcase student work, here’s an awesome visual collection of resources spanning 11 categories—audio recordings, collages, comics, posters, slides, digital books, narrated slideshows, movies, animations, screen casts and study aids—to help get you started!"

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The Key to Content-Area Writing: Short, Frequent, and Shared - Heinemann

The Key to Content-Area Writing: Short, Frequent, and Shared - Heinemann | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
By Nancy Steineke While we must commend the Common Core Standards for recognizing the importance of literacy in all content-areas, a literacy long overlooked, the Core’s narrow vision of writing concerns us.
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It’s Time to Stop Averaging Grades

It’s Time to Stop Averaging Grades | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Rick Wormeli calls on teachers to stop average grades just because it feels credible by virtue of its mathematics. Averaging grades isn't accurate or fair, Rick contends, because students are human beings, not statistics.
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Project-Based Learning Using Disney Movies

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Last year, I was surfing Pinterest with the intent to find some interesting ideas to implement into my AP World History class. I came across several articles where individuals had used the classic tales animated by Walt Disney to encourage student learning. After thinking on this I had an epiphany: What if I could have students use their historical knowledge gained throughout the course to pick out the inaccuracies in Disney films? This had the potential to be an interesting project for students to explore a movie of their choosing and develop a polished presentation to teach their peers about the selected time period and region. I wanted to create an assignment in which students harnessed and nurtured their creative abilities but also accomplished the goals.
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11 Teacher Gift Ideas: What Teachers Really Want | Teacher's Lounge Blog | Really Good Stuff®

11 Teacher Gift Ideas: What Teachers Really Want | Teacher's Lounge Blog | Really Good Stuff® | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Figuring out what to get your child’s teacher for the holidays, Teacher Appreciation Week, or “just because” can be challenging. Not only do you want the
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Educators want to pair math and music in integrated teaching method

Educators want to pair math and music in integrated teaching method | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Jazz legend Herbie Hancock joined educators to talk about how music and math could be taught together.
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My Biggest Regret as a Teacher - Cooper on Curriculum

My Biggest Regret as a Teacher - Cooper on Curriculum | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In June 2014 I officially left my job as a fourth grade teacher, and the classroom, to become an administrator. Since joining the dark side, I continuously ask myself what I could have and should have done differently for my students.
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PARCC Prep: Literary Analysis Writing Task

Literacy consultant Sarah Tantillo details a 6-day strategy to prep students for the CCSS literary analysis writing task and links to other preps at her blog.
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This was written for states giving the PARCC assessment, but I love her advice for anyone teaching students how to write a literary analysis!
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Cries about national teacher shortages might be overblown - The Hechinger Report

Cries about national teacher shortages might be overblown - The Hechinger Report | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Alarm bells are sounding about teacher shortages across the country. I’ve been reading a steady drumbeat of articles on the topic for at least a year.
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The statement that resonates with me is: "Turnover is the big driver of the shortages,” he said. “The problem isn’t that we don’t produce enough new teachers. The problem is that we’re not retaining enough of the teachers we already have.”
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iPad App of the Week: Calendars 5

iPad App of the Week: Calendars 5 | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Our picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every week.  Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is Calendars 5 – Event and Task Manager with Google Calendar Sync by Readdle.  Calendars 5 has been the measuring stick for iOS calendar apps since its introduction.  It’s so powerful and easy to use, it just might be what the iPad should have shipped with as the default calendar app. More than just a calendar app, it also supports and excels at tasks and events, making it an invaluable productivity tool.

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6 Hand Signals That Bring Learning to Life - Edutopia

6 Hand Signals That Bring Learning to Life - Edutopia | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Imagine that you're a student. Your class has just learned something new. Your teacher asks for someone to share his or her strategy for the problem that you've just solved. You're beginning to feel as though you understand the new concept, and you have a strategy that you could share, but something is holding you back. You're worried that your ideas aren't good enough to be voiced. You want so badly for your teacher and your classmates to know what you know, but the fear of embarrassment keeps you from raising your hand.


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