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Tales from six middle school teachers transitioning to the Common Core from across the disciplines
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Focusing on the How: Guidance for School and District Leaders on Supporting Teachers Through the Transition to the Common Core

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#teachervoice on #NGSS Assessment: Combining Literacy, Science, and Mathematics

#teachervoice on #NGSS Assessment: Combining Literacy, Science, and Mathematics | Core Transition | Scoop.it
Interdisciplinary Assessment: Combining Literacy, Science, and Mathematics by Michaela Duggan Every class at BCCS ends the year with a final. This year, I decided to try something different—instead...
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Corroboration, Conflicting Sources, and Competing Narratives

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Corroboration, Conflicting Sources, and Competing Narratives by Brooke Feldman Students often ask me, “how do we know what really happened?” As historians, we tackle this sophisticated question by ...
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A Fresh Look at Final Exams

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A Fresh Look at Final Exams by Megan Hyland As we begin the month of May, and start to think about the end of the school year (gulp!), it’s hard not to think about the many events that will take pl...
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Beyond Movement: Taking Action Towards Standards Based Grading

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Being an urban charter school principal is hard work.  In my fourth year in the role, I’ve learned that days are unpredictable—sometimes you find yourself fishing clementines out of the boys bathro...
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Enabling Student Performance on PARCC

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Enabling Student Performance on PARCC by Emily Charton The key word in the title of this blog post is “performance.”  Throughout the entire year, teachers have worked tirelessly to align their curr...
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Board Games 2.0: Updating A Popular Project so it Meets Common Core

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Board Games 2.0: Updating A Popular Project so it Meets Common Core by Brooke Feldman There are just some activities students love. For my students, it’s anything that involves competition, creativ...
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English language learners - Diverse set of Resources from AFT

Share My Lesson has lesson plans, tips and resources to help teachers successfully work with English language learners.
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Using Graphic Organizers in Math to Increase Independence

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Using Graphic Organizers in Math to Increase Independence by Rachel Jacobsen As a special education teacher I am given the challenge to support those with some of the greatest obstacles to learning...
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Perseverance and Cultures of Encouragement

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Perseverance and Cultures of Encouragement by Darren Burris As our school continues to plumb the depths of the Common Core and discover new meanings and classroom trajectories for implementation, w...
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3 Go-To Close Reading Strategies

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3edchat #commoncore #ccss #edchat 3 Go-To Close Reading Strategies by Abi Frost With the shift to Common Core State Standards, there has been lots of talk of “close reading.”  As a reading specialist, my responsibility is to help m...

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How Do You Eat an Elephant? Preparing for PARCC Writing, Part 1

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How Do You Eat an Elephant? Preparing for PARCC Writing, Part 1 by Megan Hyland This year, our students in grades 5-8 will take the PARCC exams in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Math.  This a...
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Knowing Students Deeply and Meeting Higher Standards

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Knowing Students Deeply and Meeting Higher Standards by Darren Burris Teachers are charged with a To-Do List so long that it takes more than 180 days to accomplish and some of the things on the lis...
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Rebooting Alignment

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Building units of study around Common Core standards, instead of tagging on standards to units of study already written, is the key for teachers to demonstrate that their curriculum is truly standards aligned.  It might mean pushing curriculum that is two, three, or fifteen years old, into being overhauled; however, through this process, teachers will become fully immersed in the standards and will feel a new sense of purpose in pushing student learning to meet the rigor of the new standards.  I will be challenging my teachers to one task over the summer: can you start from the standards, and build a refreshed unit based solely on students acquiring the skills needed to master the standards chosen?"


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, June 8, 2015 3:47 PM

Yes, yes, yes!! We need to be building our units on the foundation of the Common Core Standards, not just reading through existing outcomes and labeling them with number of the standard associated with remotely related skills. Yes, this will take time, but the outcomes will be richer for having thoughtfully designed truly aligned lessons and assessments that teach, reinforce, apply, and assess the valuable skills the standards describe.

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3 Ways to Build Students’ Word Consciousness

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3 Ways to Build Students’ Word Consciousness by Abi Frost Most teachers I know have a deep interest in words and academic language.  That’s probably why many of us became teachers— so we could expa...
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Two Ways to Support Principals as Instructional Leaders

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Two Ways to Support Principals as Instructional Leaders by Jenna Ogundipe The current wave of education reform places the teacher in the spotlight ... But how do we ensure that their instructional ...
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Developing Systems to Encourage Reflection, Growth, and Mastery

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Developing Systems to Encourage Reflection, Growth, and Mastery by Michaela Duggan In her recent post, Bridget Adam talked about a tracking system she was implementing. In science we use a similar ...
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How Do You Eat an Elephant? Preparing for PARCC Writing, Part 2

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How Do You Eat an Elephant? Preparing for PARCC Writing, Part 2 by Megan Hyland On November 7, I wrote Part 1 of this blog, which explained the first bite our school took as we began to “Eat an Ele...
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Encouraging Student Reflection through Unit Trackers

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Encouraging Student Reflection through Unit Trackers by Bridget Adam As I add years and experience onto my teaching belt, I have become more reflective of my practice.   I challenge myself to try n...
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Using Graphic Organizers in Math to Increase Independence

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Using Graphic Organizers in Math to Increase Independence by Rachel Jacobsen As a special education teacher I am given the challenge to support those with some of the greatest obstacles to learning...
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Science is Reality: 6th Grade is the Foundation

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Science is Reality: Seeing 6th Grade as the Foundation by Michaela Duggan These two phrases in the title are posted in the front and back of our 6th grade science classroom and are the basis for my...
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Common Core Alignment and Instructional Feedback: A Principal's Role in Implementation

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Common Core Alignment and Instructional Feedback: A Principal's Role in Implementation by Emily Charton Teachers  have poured copious amount of time, energy, creativity, and innovation into revampi...
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Cinematic Reading Frames: On Reading Archaic Primary Sources

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Cinematic Reading Frames: On Reading Archaic Primary Sources by Brooke Feldman Many of my students are struggling readers. Not only do many students read below grade level, but the added challenge ...
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Shouting for Equivalence

Shouting for Equivalence by Bridget Adam The following reactions are no longer a surprise to me as I begin the year with my new 6th grade math students: In my years teaching, these interactions are...
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Nothing Gold Can Stay - Tackling Theme in Poetry and Fiction (Frost and Hinton)

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 Nothing Gold Can Stay by Kathleen Stern Recently, I revamped a poetry analysis lesson using feedback from the other Transition Fellows. I asked my seventh grade students to analyze the poem “Nothi...
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