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PARCC Video Series from PBS

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With field tests coming and the formation of a timeline for thoughtful implementation, communicating about PARCC becomes increasingly important for teachers, parents, students, and all citizens of the Commonwealth. The following three videos communicate broadly about PARCC and provide everyone a great orientation to this shift in assessment.  Special thanks to the PBS affiliate in Tennessee for putting this out and making it applicable to anyone within a PARCC state.

 
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Academic Word Finder

Academic Word Finder | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
This guide is a practical tool that teachers, and teacher-trainers, can use (and re-use!) in order to build fluency with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
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Easy to use. Just copy and paste text and this website will locate academic vocab, identify the grade level, parts of speech and define for each.  SUPER easy!

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Easy to use. Just copy and paste text and this website will locate academic vocab, identify the grade level, parts of speech and define for each.  SUPER easy!

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Maybe Testing Isn't The Problem After All -

Maybe Testing Isn't The Problem After All - | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Let’s all take a deep breath and consider that new initiatives are like seeds in a garden. Tossing them in and expecting immediate growth is unreasonable. But giving them time, attention and nourishment will lead to plentiful harvests. And while it’s understandable that parents and teachers, community members, and other stakeholders are disappointed in the initial PARCC test scores, an all-out attack on the test itself is not the solution. 

Instead, it’s the responsibility of us all, including our political decision-makers, to make mature, reasonable and fiscally responsible decisions about how to cultivate better schools. 

Pandering to those who are reacting to scores may be a good way to get elected, but it’s not going to get us the results we know are possible.
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Learning for Life:Transfer Goals for Deeper Learning

Learning for Life:Transfer Goals for Deeper Learning | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

For more than a decade, much of the focus of curriculum and instruction has been on teaching skills and strategies. In reading, for example, we have taught our students to predict, summarize, visualize, identify the main idea, connect the text with what they know, and so on.


The problem is that such skills and strategies operate at the surface level. Although surface-level learning is an essential first step (after all, learners need to grasp the literal meaning before they can make inferences, perform analyses, and develop meaningful understandings), it's not sufficient. Students need to deepen their knowledge as they transfer what they've learned to new situations. We believe that transfer is a key component for ensuring that students become lifelong learners.

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To Lexile or Not to Lexile, That Is the Question

To Lexile or Not to Lexile, That Is the Question | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Teacher question: Our school district is going wild over Lexiles because they are in the Common Core standards. I think they are overdoing it and don’t feel comfortable with some of the decisions that we are making. What are the weaknesses of Lexiles? First, Lexiles is only one of several readability measures included in the CCSS. They started with that one, but as studies were completed they added ATOS, SourceRater, and several others.
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Hundreds of Common Core test questions have just been made public. Can you solve them?

Hundreds of Common Core test questions have just been made public. Can you solve them? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Now parents and teachers can see some of the test questions that kids faced earlier this year.
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Are new Common Core tests really better than the old multiple-choice tests? - The Hechinger Report

Are new Common Core tests really better than the old multiple-choice tests? - The Hechinger Report | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
You are a congresswoman’s chief-of-staff and she needs your help coming up with a position on whether a nuclear power plant should be built in the district. These are the kinds of prompts students across the country are being presented with during the first round of Common Core testing this spring. In this example — …
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Creatively Teach the Common Core with Technology

Creatively Teach the Common Core with Technology | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Educators today are facing two major shifts in education–a move to the Common Core Standards and increasing pressure to teach students with the technology they’ll be expected to use in their lives beyond high school. Both seasoned educators and those new to the teaching profession must confront
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How Common Core is killing the textbook - The Hechinger Report

How Common Core is killing the textbook - The Hechinger Report | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
BERKELEY, Calif. — On a sunny January afternoon, the heaviest things in six-year-old Miriam Foster’s backpack were her lunch box and her jacket, making it manageable for the kindergartener’s walk home. “She does it herself from here to home, and home to here,” said Miriam’s mom, Tawankon Foster, 31. Her light load was not unique. …
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7 Technology Enhanced Item Types You’ll See On Common Core Tests This Spring

7 Technology Enhanced Item Types You’ll See On Common Core Tests This Spring | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
When The Common Core State Standards initiative was first announced there was a collective eye roll amongst veteran teachers. There have been so many shifts in pedagogical theory and practice over the years that nobody really thought these national learning goals would come to fruition. And then they did.
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Common Core Reading Resource: Smithsonian Tween Tribune

Common Core Reading Resource: Smithsonian Tween Tribune | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
While leading a training in Alaska this weekend, a participant mentioned The Smithsonian Tween (& Teen) Tribune. This free resource is a great place to grab informational and nonfiction texts written at various Lexile levels to support a wide range of reading abilities.
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Shanahan on Literacy: Close Reading: A Video Replay

Shanahan on Literacy: Close Reading: A Video Replay | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Last week I dinged that video for claiming that close reading is a teaching technique (it's an approach to reading). I was critical of the idea that close reading helps students “conquer complex text,” if that includes language complexity as measured by Lexiles. I didn’t like the idea of reading the book to the kids; I’m a fan of reading texts to kids (see recent NewYork Times article on this), but not the texts the kids are supposed to be reading. Finally, I didn’t like how rereading was being approached.  Here is the rest of my thinking about this lesson. Hope it’s useful to you.
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Engaging All Students In Common Core Math

Engaging All Students In Common Core Math | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
In this video series, see four teachers who are committed to making sure all of their students succeed in high school math. This includes their Special Education students.
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25 Common Core-Aligned Math Apps for Middle School Students

25 Common Core-Aligned Math Apps for Middle School Students | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Not all educational apps are created equal. Some are more fun than others. Some are more pedagogically sound than others. And some are better for certain age groups than others.

 

In the App Store, it is difficult to find out which apps are best for a particular age group, like, say, middle school students. Fortunately, technologists like South Carolina math and engineering teacher Chris Beyerle actively curate collections of apps. Here is his collection of math apps that are appropriate for middle school students. They all fit within the Common Core Standards of Mathematical Practices as well.

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Ben Bempong's curator insight, July 28, 2015 7:28 PM

I think this is beneficial in really having an impact on raising the math academic levels in the school system.  Having an app on the phone allows the students to practice math skills related to what their learning in school in route to do even better in school.  The way technology devices are used these days, it is just another bonus to help facilitate learning outside the hours of school. 

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21 Digital Tools To Build Vocabulary -

21 Digital Tools To Build Vocabulary - | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
If you follow this blog, you know that I believe effective vocabulary instruction is just about the most important instructional activity for teachers to get right. For lots of reasons. Vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. How’s that for starters? 

 In addition, a broad vocabulary is important for effective speaking, listening, reading and writing. Vocabulary is a foundational component of an effective K-12 comprehensive lite
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3 Tips For Teaching Close Reading -

3 Tips For Teaching Close Reading - | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
3 Tips For Teaching Close Reading by Dan Henderson, Author of That’s Special: A Survival Guide To Teaching Here are some best practices for clos
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Many parents hated Common Core math at first, before figuring it out

Many parents hated Common Core math at first, before figuring it out | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Almost all of the reactions I’ve heard have been positive, as early confusion morphed into understanding.
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ReadWorks.org | Veterans Day Passages

ReadWorks.org | Veterans Day Passages | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Veterans Day is November 11th. ReadWorks has curated passages with text-dependent questions to help you honor veterans' service in your classrooms:

 

Veterans Day Passages with Text-Dependent Questions

The collection includes passages generously shared by the Department of Veterans Affairs - Office of Public Affairs, and HISTORY®.

 
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How Challenging Is That Online Text?

How Challenging Is That Online Text? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

I grab a lot of texts online to use with students. I often wonder, “How challenging is this text? Will my students have trouble reading this text?” In the past, I’d rely on Google’s Advanced Search option that allowed me to search by reading level. Unfortunately, Google dumped this feature, so I’ve been on the hunt for a new way to assess online texts.

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Diane Johnson's curator insight, October 27, 2015 5:45 AM

This may be useful for determining the complexity of on-line texts to assist in making sure that we are using more "stretch texts" with students.

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How to Find Primary Source Documents

How to Find Primary Source Documents | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Finding online documents can a challenge, here's a 12 min video of 3 search strategies - curated content, LOC search and using a search operator.
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How compatible are Common Core and technology?

How compatible are Common Core and technology? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Technology is in every room at P.S. 101 in Brooklyn — it’s even in the hallways. Scan the QR code with your phone outside of the fourth-grade classroom of co-teachers Vanessa Desiano and Jamie Coccia and a video will pop up of a student giving a history presentation on early explorers. Step inside, and fourth-grade students are working together to discover the themes of chapter 13 in their latest book, The Birchbark House, and typing what they find on iPads.


“People have this fear that if you put technology into a classroom, kids will just be staring at computers,” said Principal Gregg Korrol. “But this class is using technology to engage each other directly in learning.”

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Less Is More: 4 Strategies To Streamline Your Curriculum

Less Is More: 4 Strategies To Streamline Your Curriculum | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Educators often wonder how they are going to meet all the demands of Common Core. One important point is that the standards require more depth and less breadth. Meeting these standards can be done by doing less, not more. In this post, we’ll look at three effective ways to do this: integrating curriculum, combining test prep into daily learning, and cutting topics.

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5 Ways to Keep Creativity Alive in Your Common Core English Class

5 Ways to Keep Creativity Alive in Your Common Core English Class | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
However, there are many ways to work within the constraints of the Common Core standards and still foster creativity in your classroom. The key can be summed up in one, Common Core-friendly term: synthesis, or combining ideas from multiple sources and creating a new theory or system of ideas. Let’s take a look at some ways that working with your students on synthesizing can promote creativity in your English class.
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The Prodigy Math Game: Game-Based Learning for the Common Core

The Prodigy Math Game: Game-Based Learning for the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Game-based learning is a topic we have revisited numerous times on EmergingEdTech. The implications it has on student engagement and learning are powerful and cannot be overstated. If you have not already experimented with game-based learning with your class, make 2015 the year you do!

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I haven't personally given this a test drive yet, but apparently several teachers and students like it!

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New York school beats the odds by “going rogue” on Common Core

New York school beats the odds by “going rogue” on Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

But something remarkable happened last spring. The close-knit school located across from a potato field in Wyoming County was one of a dozen in the state to go from floundering on state tests in 2012 to scoring better than most on the more difficult exams administered in 2014. They did it, in part, by ignoring Albany and the dictates of the state education department.

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