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Digitally Speaking / Teaching the CCSS in History and Science Classrooms

Digitally Speaking / Teaching the CCSS in History and Science Classrooms | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

April workshop materials shared here.

 

In 2010, the National Governor's Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers released a set of common standards designed to define what today's students need to know and be able to do in order to thrive in tomorrow's world.  Adopted by 45 states, these standards are designed to move classroom instruction away from a focus on the simple acquisition of basic facts and towards the more meaningful application of higher level cognitive skills.  While standards are clearly defined for Mathematics and English-Language Arts teachers, many social studies and science teachers at the middle and high school level have struggled to figure out just what the Common Core State Standards mean for them.  

 

In this workshop, full-time practicing sixth grade science teacher Bill Ferriter will introduce participants to several simple ways that the Common Core State Standards can be integrated into the work that social studies and science teachers are already doing with their students.

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Bill Ferriter is an educator who works tirelessly and with great passion. He openly shares his content and ideas and challenges me to THINK!

 

If you're not following his blog in your RSS reader, consider it. :)

 

http://blog.williamferriter.com/

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Deb Gardner's curator insight, March 31, 2014 9:51 AM

Bill Ferriter is an educator who works tirelessly and with great passion. He openly shares his content and ideas and challenges me to THINK!

 

If you're not following his blog in your RSS reader, consider it. :)

 

http://blog.williamferriter.com/

Diane Johnson's curator insight, April 1, 2014 8:58 PM

Check out Bill Ferriter's blog page, which has links to lots of his materials. www.digitallyspeaking.pbworks.com  

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Supporting ELA Common Core Standards in Science - Curved Learning

Supporting ELA Common Core Standards in Science - Curved Learning | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The common core standards are transitioning the way literacy is taught in science classrooms. These strategies will help assist teachers in the transition.

 

Incorporating both Math and English in science is not fairly complicated, but we will focus on supporting the reading and writing portion of science which is commonly overshadowed by hand’s on activities. 

 

In Focus: Evaluating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning, Mike Schmoker (2013) states that inquiry must be developed through authentic literacy, and that is how science teachers will support the CCSS in science classrooms everywhere.

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A worthy read! Includes examples of incorporating literacy standards in science with links and examples. Particularly useful to me was the portion related to students' annotation of science texts.

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Close Reading and Writing in Science and Technical Subjects

Close Reading and Writing in Science and Technical Subjects | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

I recently attended a solid presentation entitled, “Close Reading and Writing in Science and Technical Subjects,” which served both as great PD, but also as a great window into literacy as a shared work of all teachers in the school.  The following is a brief narrative (quickly typed notes!) of that experience. 

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With No Separate Common Core Language and Math Standards for ELLs and Diverse Learners; Steinhardt's Ohkee Lee Says "Do" Language With Science

With No Separate Common Core Language and Math Standards for ELLs and Diverse Learners; Steinhardt's Ohkee Lee Says "Do" Language With Science | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

“Typically when you think of a classroom with ELLs or students with disabilities, they are sitting in the back of the room and not participating. What NGSS highlight is that these students should engage in the practice of doing science,” Lee explained. “For example, have students build a model of the ecosystem. This could illustrate the core idea. They could also explain the cause and effect of how the ecosystem develops in response to different factors. Through engagement, language learning and science learning occur simultaneously.”


Lee, an English language learner herself, asserts that having students develop models, construct explanations, and argue from evidence enables these diverse learners to understand core ideas within science while acquiring technical aspects of language like vocabulary or sentence structure. According to Lee, this is extremely important since the CCSS are moving heavily toward building content knowledge across academic disciplines for all students.

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Awesome Stories

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AwesomeStories is a gathering place of primary-source information. Its purpose - since the site was first launched in 1999 - is to help educators and individuals find original sources, located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created web sites.

Sources held in archives, which document so much important first-hand information, are often not searchable by popular search engines. One needs to search within those institutional sites directly, using specific search phrases not readily discernible to non-scholars. The experience can be frustrating, resulting in researchers leaving key sites without finding needed information.

AwesomeStories is about primary sources. The stories exist as a way to place original materials in context and to hold those links together in an interesting, cohesive way (thereby encouraging people to look at them). It is a totally different kind of web site in that its purpose is to place primary sources at the forefront - not the opinions of a writer. Its objective is to take the site's users to places where those primary sources are located. 

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Excellent digital resource when teaching with CCSS, particularly in science and social studies!

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With New Science Standards Draft Out, Early Impressions Roll In

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With a second and final draft of common science standards issued on Tuesday, this is a critical time as the writers come into the home stretch. I have not gathered a lot of feedback yet from the field, mainly because several experts I contacted said they needed more time to digest the latest iteration. 


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Lesson Learned! Next Generation Science Standards

Lesson Learned! Next Generation Science Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The second public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards, developed by Achieve, is due for release before the new year. This draft represents step four in a nine-step process to update standards for K-12 sciences and engineering education. The nine-step process includes three public and two state review and comment periods before delivery of a final product. Once complete, states will opt to select or not select the NGSS for local implementation.
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What Does Science Tell Us About Teaching Kids to Think?

What Does Science Tell Us About Teaching Kids to Think? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Daniel Willingham follows up on the New Dorp writing successes stating that the results are likely replicable, however close attention should be paid to what happened there. It's easy to remember only that "they asked the kids to write a lot." But as Tyre describes, they placed an intense emphasis "on teaching the skills that underlie good analytical writing."

 

There was explicit teaching of writing, and the emphasis was on analysis. Willingham believes this instruction must be paired with substantive content in order to pay dividends in critical thinking.

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Survey Finds Common Core Reaches Into Science Classes

Survey Finds Common Core Reaches Into Science Classes | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The new data, collected by the National Science Teachers Association, provide an early glimpse into how the common core is touching science teachers (grades 6-12) and their students. As some readers may be aware, the intersection is quite explicit with the ELA standards, which include a section at the end titled "Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects."

 

See what teachers' attitudes were regarding the benefits of integrating math and ELA standards in the science classroom. 

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CCSS Reading: Two Common Core Blunders To Avoid

CCSS Reading: Two Common Core Blunders To Avoid | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Great article that gives practical suggestions about how content area teachers in Science and Social Studies can become more focused on reading and how ELA teachers can complement fictional texts with non-fiction articles.

 

"Please, let's not rob students of a well-rounded education just because the Common Core seems to have added some new focal points to literacy instruction, making it seem like there's "more to cover." Collaborate across disciplines instead!"

 

And direct from the CCSS Initiative website:

 

"Myth: English teachers will be asked to teach science and social studies reading materials.

 

Fact: With the Common Core ELA Standards, English teachers will still teach their students literature as well as literary non-fiction. However, because college and career readiness overwhelmingly focuses on complex texts outside of literature, these standards also ensure students are being prepared to read, write, and research across the curriculum, including in history and science. These goals can be achieved by ensuring that teachers in other disciplines are also focusing on reading and writing to build knowledge within their subject areas."

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Finding the Write Stuff: A Science Teacher Puts on Her Literacy Hat

Finding the Write Stuff: A Science Teacher Puts on Her Literacy Hat | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

We've talked about it for years.  All teachers in the building (not just the ELA teachers) should be versed in helping students read and write across the curriculum. The Common Core expects this as identified in the literacy standards for Social Studies and Science.

 

In this article, the writer states, "Reading and writing skills should not be the responsibility of English teachers alone, but of all teachers. I teach biology, so coaching my students in writing isn't exactly in my comfort zone. But among my ninth grade students, writing and research skills were weak. As teachers, we often ask our students to step outside their comfort zones. Sometimes teachers need to do that too." *applause-hollar-cheer*

 

"It's important for teachers to look outside our own curricular comfort zones in order to provide unique learning opportunities to students. I gained not only insight into the lives of my students, but also valuable supplements to my curriculum, and overwhelming pride in my students."  

 

She's the kind of teacher from which I could learn Biology!

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Math, Science and ELA intersections in the CCSS Classroom

Math, Science and ELA intersections in the CCSS Classroom | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Relationships and convergences among the mathematics, science, and ELA practices

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Report: Science Standards Fall Short in Aligning to Math Common Core

Report: Science Standards Fall Short in Aligning to Math Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute contends that the Next Generation Science Standards fail to adequately align with the common-core math standards.
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Shanahan on Literacy: Disciplinary Writing

Shanahan on Literacy: Disciplinary Writing | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

I am writing to you for some suggestions and recommendations concerning working with science and social studies teachers in light of the writing standards in the common core.  I am a former English teacher with 35 years of experience and have, for the past seven years, worked to develop and present workshops and classes for content area teachers in reading – focusing on both disciplinary and content literacy.

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Common Science Standards Make Formal Debut

Common Science Standards Make Formal Debut | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The final set of standards aimed at reshaping the focus and delivery of science instruction in U.S. schools was publicly unveiled Tuesday, setting the stage for states—many of which helped craft the standards—to take the next step and consider adopting them as their own.


More than three years in the making, the Next Generation Science Standards are designed to provide a greater emphasis on depth over breadth in studying the subject. They seek not only to provide students with a foundation of essential knowledge, but also to lead young people to apply their learning through scientific inquiry and the engineering-design process to deepen understanding.

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Commentary & Feedback on Draft II of the Next Generation Science Standards

Commentary & Feedback on Draft II of the Next Generation Science Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute has provided big-picture feedback and detailed, standard-specific commentary for the second draft of the Next Generation Science Standards—standards that done right, set a firm foundation upon which the rest of science education across the states will be constructed. Inour comments on the first draft, we concluded that “the NGSS authors have much to do to ensure that the final draft is a true leap forward in science education.”  In comments on Draft II, we address to what extent NGSS writers have moved closer to a set of K–12 science standards that even states with strong standards of their own would do well to adopt.


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New Draft of Science Standards to Be Issued

New Draft of Science Standards to Be Issued | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Tomorrow afternoon, a second public draft of proposed common standards for science will be issued for comment. This represents the last opportunity for the broader community to have input into the standards, which are being developed through a partnership that includes education officials from 26 "lead states," before they are released in final form in March.


After that, it's up to states to decide whether to adopt what are being called the Next Generation Science Standards. I'll have more to say on the thorny issue of state adoptions later, but organizers of the effort are hopeful that most states ultimately will. The 26 lead states are not bound to adopt them, but have pledged to give "serious consideration" to doing so. And some other states have indicated interest in signing on as well, I'm told.


Top priorities among the standards writers include: promoting depth over breadth in science education; ensuring greater coherence in learning across grade levels; and helping students understand the cross-cutting nature of crucial concepts that span scientific disciplines. Another aim is for students to apply their learning through scientific inquiry and the engineering-design process to deepen their understanding.

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Stephen Pruitt on the Next Generation Science Standards

Stephen Pruitt of Achieve, Inc., discusses the Next Generation Science Standards at NSTA's National Conference on Science Education in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 2012.

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Where are the Common Core Science Standards | The Biology Corner

Where are the Common Core Science Standards | The Biology Corner | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The AP Biology curriculum has been revised and my new syllabus has been approved. What does that mean in the context of the common core science standards that have not been released?

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Infographics and the Common Core

Infographics and the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Infographics have recently become a popular way to communicate information visually both in print and online. This resource offers many strategies, examples and tools for using and creating infographics.

 

Although this website offers suggestions for Science and Technical Subjects, infographics are also very well suited for Social Studies.

 

Besides teaching literacy standards 5 and 7 in History, Social Studies and Technical Subjects, integrate NETS (National Educational Technology Standards) (#3) to teach students to use digital tools to gather, evaluate and use information.

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The CCSS and Science Writing: What Science Teachers Should Care About

Jordan and Spiegel make the point that science teachers need to understand the CCSS regarding writing in the science classroom. They are important to science teachers because they provide broad standards that define the skills and understanding that all students must demonstrate in science as well as other content areas.

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