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The Common Core in Albuquerque, NM

The Common Core in Albuquerque, NM | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

“My advice for teachers who are looking at the Common Core Standards for the first time is to remember that this is an opportunity. Not to see it as this scary challenge. Not to see it as this new set of impossible obstacles. I’ve already heard a lot of the teachers at my school kind of dreadfully groaning, ‘Oh, no. Here comes a new set of arbitrary requirements that we’re going to be asked to fulfill without any funding or training or support or good curricular resources."

 

"And I want to just kind of take them by the shoulders and say, ‘No. This is your opportunity to start teaching’…It’s putting the expertise back in the hands of the teachers.”

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CCSSO Webinar: What Teachers Can Learn from the New PARCC and Smarter Balanced Sample Assessment Items

CCSSO Webinar: What Teachers Can Learn from the New PARCC and Smarter Balanced Sample Assessment Items | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

CCSSO hosted a webinar with 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki on the recently released Partnership for Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced sample assessment items in English language arts.  Resources from the webinar can be accessed here.

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Managing Information in the 21st Century - The Tempered Radical

Managing Information in the 21st Century - The Tempered Radical | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Bill Ferriter is spot on in the slide he presented at a 21st Century Teaching and Learning workshop.  CCSS requires that students be able to find, organize, annotate, evaluate, synthesize, create and publish using digital tools.  

 

Tools such as Diigo, Evernote and ScoopIt! help students organize, filter, annotate, and organize information. Advanced Google search skills are used to find and verify information. Social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Skype, and yes even Pinterest help learners collaborate. Finally, creating and publishing is accomplished with a myriad of tools such as Glogster, Google tools including docs, blogs and YouTube, FlickR, WordPress and much more.

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Common Core in ELA/ Literacy: Shift 5: Writing from Sources

Common Core in ELA/ Literacy: Shift 5: Writing from Sources | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This is a 12 minute video which features a discussion between NYS Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr., David Coleman (contributing author to the Common Core) and Kate Gerson (a Sr. Fellow with the Regents Research Fund) addressing Shift 5 –Writing from Sources.

 

By unpacking Shift 5, the discussion addresses the challenges and benefits of putting a renewed emphasis on writing from sources rather than keeping the current focus on personal narrative. .

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How Is Your School Implementing the Common Core?

How Is Your School Implementing the Common Core? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Using a fast food restaurant metaphor, what's your approach? And would you like fries with that?

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Thinking Tools | Teacher & Student Planners

Thinking Tools | Teacher & Student Planners | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

These Online Interactive Thinking Strategies and Tools are designed to provide a scaffold that enable students to think with more depth and structure. When using them, ask students to continually reflect on and justify which Habits of Mind best suit how they are thinking.

 

This collection of thinking strategies and tools have been created and inspired from Mick Walsh's experiences using the Thinking Curriculum, CoRT Thinking, Tribes Program and Visible Thinking from Harvard University.

 

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Framework—Not Common Standards—for Social Studies

Framework—Not Common Standards—for Social Studies | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The project to develop shared social studies standards inched forward last weekend, in part by clarifying that it is NOT developing social studies standards. Instead, it is creating a framework to guide states as they rework their own standards in that subject.

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The First Thanksgiving | Beyond the Bubble

The First Thanksgiving | Beyond the Bubble | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Question: The painting The First Thanksgiving 1621 is a useful resource for historians who wish to understand the relationship between the Wampanoag Indians and the Puritan settlers in 1621.

 

Do you agree or disagree? (Circle one.) Briefly support your answer.

 

About the Assessment

This assessment measures students’ ability to source a document. When historians interpret a document, they look at who wrote it and when. Source information presents clues about whether the document provides reliable evidence about the past. This HAT gauges whether students understand an important aspect of sourcing: the time elapsed between when a document was produced and the event it depicts.

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Boost Your Kindergartner's Reading Skills, Using Common Core Standards

Boost Your Kindergartner's Reading Skills, Using Common Core Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Parents can certainly help their kindergarten child learn necessary skills that help facilitate reading comprehension. Included in this resource are seven easy activities to promote Common Core Standards when reading simple fiction with your child.

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Dr. Tim Shanahan Talks CCSS Instructional Shifts

Tim Shanahan addresses the topic of Instructional Shifts brought about by the Common Core State Standards in this webinar entitled, "How It's Been and How It Will Be!"

 

"Que sera sera..."

 

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Interactive Agenda for NWP/NCTE Session

Interactive Agenda for NWP/NCTE Session | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

NCTE Session Interactive Agenda: Digital Writing and The Common Core

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How the Common Core is Changing Assessment

The Common Core also emphasizes formative assessment data. Summative data is essential for providing programatic feedback and acheivement data within schools, across districts and even states. However, well written formative assessments still provide the classroom teacher with indepth, reliable, timely and instructionally actionable information to inform instruction. Teachers.... still the NUMBER ONE variable impacting student achievement. Creating exemplary formative assessments and using the data quickly and smartly will contribute to student success on PARCC.

 

 

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Let’s Meet Common Core Standards with Great Nonfiction | Children’s Literacy Foundation

Let’s Meet Common Core Standards with Great Nonfiction | Children’s Literacy Foundation | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

If students will be reading more nonfiction in the near future – and it looks like they will be – it’s certain that educators will have to find high-quality, intelligent sources of text that will excite students, not wear them out. Let’s hope more teachers, parents, and administrators engage with the question of what should students read with the insight and inquiry of Mosle’s own example of well-written, thought-provoking, and personal nonfiction.

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Myths and “My Understandings” of Common Core

Myths and “My Understandings” of Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"A lot of the criticisms I hear about the CCSS stem from misinformation, but I think calling it “misinformation” is almost too harsh because really, we’re all misinformed. There aren’t any “common core experts” at this point; there are just a lot of people building the plane while we fly it. No one is an expert–so, on some level, we’re all learning as we go."

 

"That’s why I blog. I am by NO MEANS an expert in common core, curriculum, literacy, etc., but I’m vocal about my own learning and my own understanding as I shape my own definition of the standards and what they mean."

 

"I make my learning public because I value debate and deeply appreciate the process of learning, unlearning, and relearning. How do I grow if what I accept as truth goes unchallenged?"

 

"With that in mind, I thought I’d do a little myth/my understandings of the common core."

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Education Week: Literacy and the Common Core Webinar with Tim Shanahan

Education Week: Literacy and the Common Core Webinar with Tim Shanahan | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards crystallize new ways of looking at how students read in the digital age. The standards draw on research about the different ways students read narrative and informational text, different types of writing in different disciplines, and the importance of working with texts of varied complexity and difficulty.


However, the common core deliberately leaves out specific instructional strategies to help students meet those standards, and researchers say they will have to hustle to develop best practices for teachers.

 

Our guests—one a researcher on the committee that helped develop the literacy standards, the other leading a group to help teachers implement them—will talk about the research behind the standards, and how to make sense of the changing literacy landscape.

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Using Talk It Up! in the Common Core Classroom

Using Talk It Up! in the Common Core Classroom | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

One of the goals the writers of The Common Core Standards had in mind was to build natural collaboration and discussion strategies within students, helping to prepare them for higher levels of education and collaboration in the workforce.

 

In our Common Core classrooms today, students are being asked to incorporate multiple strategies, complex texts, and evidence-based responses. When faced with this overwhelming task, we must put many building blocks in place for our kiddos to be successful.

 

Read how guest blogger and third grade teachers Emily Stewart uses Talk It Up with the CCSS.

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Shanahan on Literacy: Prereading and ELLs: Let's Take off the Training Wheels

Shanahan on Literacy: Prereading and ELLs: Let's Take off the Training Wheels | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Helpful post here not only for frontloading information for ELLs prior to reading complex texts, but also why multiple reads are important for all students. 

 

In the past, we tended to read a text once in classrooms, so the reading had to be maximally productive. We had to make sure the kids got the information. It wouldn’t be fair otherwise. The premium was on the information and teachers were just making sure that students at least heard the information.

 

In contrast, the idea being stressed these days is that students SHOULD read the text more than once. What you don’t get the first time, you might get the second. Instead of front-loading the first reading, you could try front-loading the second or third—after the kids had a chance to pedal the bike themselves. If they ask a question about what they don’t understand, by all means answer. But don’t always assume that they won’t get it… give them a chance to fall… who knows they might just surprise you.

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Teacher Resources | Library of Congress

Teacher Resources | Library of Congress | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching.

 

Searchable by Common Core State Standard, grade level and where possible aligned to ELA CCSS, the LOC provides Primary Source Sets, Lesson Plans, Activities, Presentations and Collection Connections.

 

 

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Test Guides for English Language Arts and Mathematics | EngageNY

Test Guides for English Language Arts and Mathematics | EngageNY | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In order to best assess student learning of the CCLS, the Department has developed new Grade 3-8 Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests. These new tests will be administered beginning in the spring 2013 and assess only CCLS.

 

In an effort to provide educators with as much support as possible regarding the instructional and assessment shifts necessitated by the Common Core, the Department has prepared 2013 Test Guides for each subject and grade. The Test Guides integrate important instructional and assessment information into a single document and detail how the CCLS in English Language Arts and Mathematics will be measured on the 2013 tests and supplement the other Common Core implementation resources found on EngageNY.

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Common Core Library - Common Core Library - New York City Department of Education

Common Core Library - Common Core Library - New York City Department of Education | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

New York City DOE Common Core Resource Library provides artifacts for parents, teachers, administrators and other stakeholders in the learning community.

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Top 10 Questions to Ask Common Core Vendors

Top 10 Questions to Ask Common Core Vendors | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The implementation of Common Core State Standards is intended to create change in our nation's public education system ... not put change in the pockets of the American publishing industry.

 

To help you distinguish the partners from the pretenders, Compass Learning has compiled a list of 10 questions you should be asking prospective Common Core vendors, along with key language and concepts you should hear back in their responses.

 

Your efforts will help you better recognize alignment and misalignment, inform your purchases, guide your professional development efforts, and ultimately ensure your students, teachers, and schools achieve success with the new Common Core State Standards and assessments.

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Writing Undergoes Renaissance in Curricula

Writing Undergoes Renaissance in Curricula | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The subject's ascent stems from its emphasis in the common core, feedback from colleges and the workplace, and emerging research.

 

Now more than ever it's recognized that reading and writing directly complement each other.  "Now we're seeing a lot more attention to the idea that writing about a text can improve reading about that text," said literacy expert Timothy Shanahan, the chairman of the department of curriculum and instruction at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

Further, the TYPE of writing is important. The idea, said Susan Pimentel, one of the lead authors of the standards, is to reduce writing "opinion untethered to evidence" and "decontextualized" writing—writing not based on the reading of a text—in favor of writing that requires students to read, comprehend, and respond to text, grounding their interpretations in evidence found there. That shift reflects what young people can expect in college and work, she said.

 

Multiple reads, close reads, reading complex texts and writing opinions/arguments based on textual evidence are the mainstays of CCSS.

 

 

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CCSS Writing Lesson: Arguing the School Calendar

CCSS Writing Lesson: Arguing the School Calendar | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

It’s easy to get students writing an argument when they are passionate about a subject and who is not passionate about the school calendar? Just open up the discussion on year round schools or what religious holidays will be observed can spark a debate. Adjusting the school calendar for emergency days adds the complexity of previous plans and often emotions run high.

 

With the recent Hurricane on the East Coast, many schools have been closed to two full weeks. Why not have your students do some critical thinking and problem solving around the topic of Emergency School Closings?

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Dominic Ganley's curator insight, May 14, 2014 8:34 AM

I think this is a really good article, because it has pictures, links, and it has proper grammar. It has good vocabulary and language for  kids our age. The links are supporting the evidence in the article. 

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Education Week Digital Magazine: Rethinking Literacy

Education Week Digital Magazine: Rethinking Literacy | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Reading in the Common Core Era

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