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Internet Search to address Common Core

Internet Search to address Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core ELA Writing Standard 8 requires students to navigate the Internet for research and evaluate the validity of the sites to support their claims. The introduction to this starts in Kindergarten and progresses each year.

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Using ThingLink and images, Tracy lifts out ELA CCSS (W7 and W8) where technology and digital literacy skills are required. Additionally, there are several useful resources listed in her blog post.  


IMHO, these skills are a prereq to any PBL or other use of ed tech.  In other words, before one puts on the safety glasses and begins using the MIG welder, learn how to use the tool first, and the risks that go along with it.


Note that there are lesson plans provided by Google that are  differentiated for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. 



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Anti-Common Core Legislation Coming From Indiana Lawmaker

Anti-Common Core Legislation Coming From Indiana Lawmaker | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Indiana Sen. Scott Schneider, a Republican, has one straightforward strategy—he has proposed legislation that would require Indiana to withdraw from the common standards in English/language arts and math, the Associated Press has reported. "I am worried that common core was pushed on Indiana without proper review of what it will mean for students and teachers," Schneider said in a press statement Wednesday. His bill is scheduled for a committee hearing Jan. 16.

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The Power of Parents in the First State: Delaware PTA and the Common Core | Hunt Institute

The Power of Parents in the First State: Delaware PTA and the Common Core | Hunt Institute | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Never underestimate the power of the parent’s voice!  While there are models that assist schools with parent and family engagement such as Epstein’s Framework of Parent Involvement, parents can also play a pivotal role in partnering with policymakers and stakeholders in education. This partnership allows parents a voice in decisions that affect their children’s education. Through its work to ensure that parents understand upcoming changes brought about by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Delaware PTA (DPTA) has helped to raise the parent voice to create a significant impact across the state.

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Text Complexity - Un...achievable?

Text Complexity - Un...achievable? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Making sense of text complexity and helping students with reading skills. Many of my students, just like Alex, are in the eighth grade and have trouble reading a grade level text book.
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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Teaching Vocabulary Today?

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Teaching Vocabulary Today? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

If you really want to dig deeper into vocabulary, try wordling significant text and defining the most frequently used words through multimedia. 

Learn more about  CCSS Shift #6 on EngageNY 

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A non-traditional way of having students work with vocabulary, images and related terms.

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Kindergarten lessons intensify under newly adopted Common Core State Standards

But Knudsen's class at Stedman Primary School is filled with kindergartners, and these kinds of more advanced lessons are typical for her young pupils.


"Before, kindergarten was play time. You took your mat and took a nap after lunch," said Deborah Faircloth, principal of Stedman Primary School. "Now, kindergarten is very academic. The teachers make it fun, but it's very academic."


Kindergarten classes throughout the state are more rigorous this year because of new Common Core State Standards in mathematics and language arts that went into effect this academic year.

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Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch: Rubrics for the Common Core

Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch: Rubrics for the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Educators are busy re-mapping and re-working curriculum at all levels to align with the Common Core State Standards(CCSS).  As I began to take a look at this monumental initiative, I decided a way I might help was to identify the rubrics that have been developed thus far for assessment of these standards. Some states started earlier than others with this project and I am sure additional resources will be showing up on the Web soon!

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Also note an engageNY resource for evaluation CCSS lessons and rubrics, here.

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Helping Students With Non-Fiction Text

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Article takeaways from author's key points:

  • I had been so busy concentrating on my science instruction and content that I had neglected to teach content-area reading.
  • Once I saw my role in the science classroom as a teacher of both science and reading, I began to see improvement.
  • This shift in teaching mind-set will be especially important as states begin to adopt the Common Core State Standards, which include standards for literacy in science and technical subjects.


Article includes matrix of how to tackle content area reading and is aligned to CCSS anchor standards. 

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Common Core State Standards: A Good Fit for Gifted Education?

Common Core State Standards: A Good Fit for Gifted Education? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

According to the NAGC, “Too many advanced students languish in today’s classrooms with little rigor and much repetition. With careful planning, the new standards offer the prospect of improving the classroom experience for high-ability students in significant ways.” 

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Model Curriculum Units - Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Model Curriculum Units - Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Model Curriculum Units

I am pleased to present prepublication drafts of Massachusetts' first Model Curriculum Units, developed by educators from more than 60 Massachusetts Race to the Top districts, for piloting in your classrooms in 2012-2013. Based on the Understanding by Design model of Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins, these prekindergarten to grade 12 units include lesson plans and performance assessments and provide an engaging collection of print and media resources. Most of all, they exemplify the kind of instruction that intentionally prepares students for college and careers from the earliest grades through high school. As students complete these challenging units, they will gain new knowledge, reason, read and discuss complex texts, persevere in solving problems, write arguments based on textual evidence, and exercise creativity.


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Shanahan on Literacy: Graphic Novels in the Literature Class

Shanahan on Literacy: Graphic Novels in the Literature Class | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

While I get that “graphic novels” come from the comic book, they tend to be more extensive, sophisticated than past comics, and they have their own “visual literacy” demands that can be worth mastering. No, the modern graphic novel cannot be as easily dismissed from the curriculum or classroom as Archie and Jughead.Maus won a Pulitzer Prize for good reason. Finding a role for the graphic novel makes sense.


However...

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Takeaway: Graphic novels have a place in the curriculum but not for the purpose of providing an easier read of a difficult text. 

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Using Formative Assessment to Meet the Demands of the CCSS, Part Two: Linking Feedback to Action

Using Formative Assessment to Meet the Demands of the CCSS, Part Two: Linking Feedback to Action | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it


This second webinar session, led by Doug Fisher, examines the importance of feedback in making formative assessment truly useful. The best feedback should be actionable and inform next instructional steps. In order to move students forward in reaching the standards, teachers can use their findings to catalog errors and take action on interventions.
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Part one was presented by Nancy Frey and is now archived hereand entitled, "Using Formative Assessment to Meet the Demands of the CCSS, Part One: Linking Assessment with Content and Quality Instruction"

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Top Ten Resources on the CCSS for ELLs

Top Ten Resources on the CCSS for ELLs | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Since top ten lists are popular during this time of year, I thought I’d compile my own with the focus on CCSS resources for ELLs. Since I’ve been writing this blog (and actually before then), I’ve been mentally compiling my favorite practical resources for teachers who work with ELLs. I will share this list with you in this post. In case you’re wondering, my list is in alphabetical, not hierarchical, order.


The resources included span a continuum of teachers’ knowledge related to the standards, from beginners to experts.

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Our View: Common Core standards good for Hoosier schoolchildren in long run

Our View: Common Core standards good for Hoosier schoolchildren in long run | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

By Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Michael J. Petrilli


For months now, critics inside and outside the Hoosier State have been attacking Indiana’s decision to adopt the Common Core State Standards; unhappiness on the right may have contributed to the defeat of state superintendent Tony Bennett, an eager Common Core supporter, despite his rock-solid record on all manner of vital education reforms. With Bennett leaving town, the rumor mill says Indiana could be getting ready to dump the Common Core — which would make it the first state in the country to do so.


That would be a grave mistake.

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TeachersFirst: Common Core: The Fuss Over Non-Fiction

TeachersFirst: Common Core: The Fuss Over Non-Fiction | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

You have probably heard some buzz about incorporating a lot more non-fiction in your classroom. Rest assured that the Common Core does not abandon literature, but it does require that teachers work more deliberately with informational texts. This Q/A article will help you to make sense of this shift and provide you with some practical tips and resources to get started.

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No. 2 pencils to give way to computers in testing school students

No. 2 pencils to give way to computers in testing school students | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The era of coloring in ovals with a No. 2 pencil may soon be over.

More and more tests — such as the military aptitude test and the LSAT law school exam — are going online.

And soon, the standardized math and reading tests for 19 million students in 25 states, including Nevada, will be administered on a tablet or personal computer.


This new computerized assessment will represent one of the largest technological shifts in K-12 education, one that will likely herald the end of the Scantron.


But with any technological disruption, there are questions aplenty.


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A Literacy-Rich Classroom Environment Supports the Common Core: Infographic | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies

A Literacy-Rich Classroom Environment Supports the Common Core: Infographic | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Much attention is being spent preparing for the Common Core standards and the call for increasing the amount of nonfiction and informational text in classrooms. Perhaps we should begin by focusing attention on the classroom environment and making certain that it is a place that supports and encourages literacy learning.


A literacy-rich environment not only supports the standards set by the Common Core, but also provides a setting that encourages and supports speaking, listening, reading, and writing in a variety of authentic ways – through print & digital media.

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TeachersFirst: Moving Forward with Informational Text

TeachersFirst: Moving Forward with Informational Text | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

To promote their understanding of increasingly more complex texts we need to help students adopt a metacognitive stance, step back, look at a given text as a whole,  and analyze its individual parts to discover how they are related and how they contribute to the whole. 


That is the intent of the Common Core's College and Career Readiness Anchor Standard #5 for Reading, which deals with text structure.   Similarly, the Common Core requires students to write informative/explanatory pieces, so to continue moving forward with the reading and writing of informational text, this month we will take a closer look at how you can explicitly teach organizational patterns in reading and have students apply these patterns in their writing.

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Reference the bottom of the webpage where a mini-lesson on teaching text structures is provided.

  • Introduction
  • Informational Text Structures
  • Teaching Guidelines
  • The Five Common Structures
  • Applying Structures
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Applying 21st Century Skills with Common Core and Trading Cards

Applying 21st Century Skills with Common Core and Trading Cards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

My new favorite FREE tool for the classroom, for grades 3-12, is Trading Cards; which is an iOS App and also web based  by ReadWriteThink. This tool is user-friendly  and allows students to practice 21st century skills with integration of Common Core Curriculum. The Trading Card tool gives students a choice to demonstrate their literacy knowledge by creating a trading card about a real or fictional character.

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Common Core Cheat Sheet

Dr. Kimberly Tyson

Learning Unlimited


Via Mel Riddile, Tara Johnson
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Common Core, Whole Child, Teacher Leadership, and Action Research: A Perfect Storm?

Common Core, Whole Child, Teacher Leadership, and Action Research: A Perfect Storm? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
We call on educators, policymakers, business leaders, families, and community members to work together on a whole child approach to education.
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When initiatives such as Common Core, Action Research, Teacher Leadership and Whole Child align, there is an opportunity to create the perfect storm, (or more optistically called the perfect opportunity).  Teachers, administrators and other stakeholders have a unique opportunity to move our students forward on all fronts.


The Whole Child Initiative states that all students should be:

  • healthy
  • safe
  • engaged
  • supported 
  • challenged
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One Librarian’s Success Story | On Common Core | School Library Journal

One Librarian’s Success Story | On Common Core | School Library Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Christine Poser, a middle-school librarian at Myra S. Barnes I.S. 24 on Staten Island, NY, is one of the educational leaders in her school’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation. Having spent several years teaching from New York City’s Information Fluency Continuum, she already had a strong foundation teaching, supporting project-based learning experiences, and using formative assessments to capture and evaluate student learning.

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Common Core Technology for ELA

This presentation was given at Chicago Public Schools Tech Talk 2012 on how technology is integrated into the Common Core State Standards.
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Helpful resource as technology standards in the ELA CCSS are identified and further explored in light of the NETS (National Educational Technology Standards).

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Five Questions to Ask about the Common Core

Five Questions to Ask about the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core is placing this bet on behalf of millions of children. But how good is it? I cannot answer the question with as much certainty as the Common Core proponents, but I invite them and you to consider the following questions.

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Think Alouds: Unpacking the Standards

Think Alouds: Unpacking the Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
If you are having trouble understanding the Common Core Standards, and how to begin teaching with it, check this presentation out.
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Takeway: All teachers won't necessarily be teachers of English, but ALL teachers will teach literacy in their discipline.

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