Those seeking some concrete and creative ideas to tackle the Common Core State Standards may find helpful a Web resource recently discovered that serves up lots of examples of student work to bring the common core to life (plus some standards in other disciplines).
Developed jointly by Expeditionary Learning and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the online collection of exemplary student work includes a heavy dose of student creativity and the arts.
All three of the major K-12 educational publishers have unveiled new basal-reading programs that purport to embody the standards, and supplemented older series, in order to claim that their products are "aligned," "compliant," or "coherent" with the common standards.
Yet a crucial question remains: Are the changes sufficient?
It is quite literally a multimillion-dollar question, one whose answer could shape the education publishing industry for years. Publishing officials estimate that upwards of 75 percent of the elementary curriculum market in reading remains dependent on basal textbooks.
In this post, we examine what informational text contributes to reading. Unlike literary text, which is complicated by the overlap of fiction and non-fiction, the definition of informational text is a bit more straightforward, although it still requires some shifts in thinking.
Love them or hate them, the Common Core State Standards are beginning to exert a powerful influence on the way teachers think about and teach literacy. In a special package of stories out today, the Education Week staff reports on how the standards—and other key dynamics—are shifting the literacy landscape. These resources and others are provided free (if you don't already have a subscription). The digital resource CCSS "open house" is open today until Friday.
"Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others."
With regard to the production and distribution of writing, nearly every level requires the above. There are literally hundreds of tech tool to accomplish this. How does a teacher select the best tool for his/her students?
Technology in the CCSS is only mentioned 24 times in the ELA CC Standards. Information is mentioned 243 times. That's a ratio of 10:1. Following that formula, we should hear people talk about information ten times more than they focus on technology? Technology alone won't build College and Career Ready students. Information and technology work together to prepare students for the future.
More schools are getting rid of "old-fashioned" skills like penmanship and multiplication tables, but research shows students benefit from classic teaching methods.
“the key was taking that old-school method and encouraging students to use their knowledge to practice higher-level thinking skills.”
Five Old School Practices
Vocabulary - Research confirms that instruction in word roots allows students to learn new vocabulary and figure out the meaning of words in context more easily. Memorization - Rapid mental retrieval of basic facts is a prerequisite for doing more complex, and more interesting, kinds of math Practice - The only way to achieve this “automaticity,” so far as anyone has been able to determine, is to practice. Argumentation - Educational research on argumentation demonstrates that it helps students learn better too. Read Aloud - When students are read to frequently by a teacher, their vocabulary and their grasp of syntax and sentence structure improves.
While at the recent AMLE conference, I got a lot of great information on what needs to be done in the classroom in order to meet the new Common Core State Standards. What I heard emphasized was a shift from persuasive writing (emotion based) to argumentative writing where students need to be able to make a claim, recognize and acknowledge opposing claims, and use credible sources to support their claims. In my own house, this would translate from “Mom, I need the new iPad because you have always been the coolest mom with the coolest stuff and I need to maintain that image for our family” to "Mom, I need the new iPad because I will be able to do the following: access over 100 free educational apps, keep all my notes from school organized and in one place, and store over 100 books on it.”
The common core is moving students to argumentation because it relies on more “substantial reasoning” based on logic and evidence and therefore has increased rigor (not the dead kind).
Let’s Chat Core is an ongoing Teaching Channel series designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards. Sarah Brown Wessling is a high school English teacher in Johnston, Iowa. She is the 2010 National Teacher of the Year and is the Teacher Laureate for Teaching Channel.
In my last blog I talked about first steps in understanding and implementing the Core. This week I’m fielding questions about a specific shift to more nonfiction and the changes we teachers may see in ourselves as we work to implement the standards.
During the open-ended roundtable sessions, participants shared their challenges in implementing the CCSS for ELLs in their contexts and also highlighted what strides they were making toward supporting ELLs and their teachers in this endeavor. Shared here are some of the overarching themes that arose over the course of the discussions, which link back to in future blog posts.
The rollout of common assessments to measure how students are mastering the Common Core State Standards is now less than two years away, and the two groups of states working to design the tests are ramping up efforts to ensure English-learners and students with disabilities won't be left behind.
Around the nation, education leaders are grappling with how best to help teachers and schools reflect this cross-disciplinary dimension. If not exactly a new idea, educators and experts say the standards offer a clear articulation of the notion—including detailed learning objectives—and may well spark an expanded and more deliberate emphasis in schools.
Are you wondering where to begin to adopt the Common Core ELA standards? While there are many individual standards to sift through, it’s important to take a step back and look at the big picture to gain an understanding of the importance of the teacher’s role in designing learning experiences to facilitate a more active classroom that supports students as producers.
The Common Core calls for the seamless integration of technology into the curriculum.
In this post, we focus on literary text and consider what it offers students in the way of reading nutrition. We look at things like literary elements, vocabulary, knowledge, layers of meaning, and motivation.
As teachers begin working and planning with Common Core in mind, there are legitimate questions being raised on how to balance whole group, explicit direct instruction with flexible grouping in the literacy block. This is particularly important when thinking about students working with more difficult texts and the amount and type of scaffolding that might be needed.
Tim Shanahan offers practical advice based on research and experience. The research show us two things:
1. The amount of explicit instruction is very important in student learning and that 2. Instruction requires lots of interaction between teachers and students.
As teachers begin writing, teaching, evaluating and revising Common Core aligned unit plans, there are elements of teaching and assessment that will continue to move students forward (with or without CCSS).
John Hattie maintains: "The most powerful single modification that enhances achievement is feedback. The simplest prescription for improving education must be 'dollops of feedback." (1992)
In this ASCD post, Grant Wiggins identifies Seven Keys to Effective Feedback. As a follow up, also consider referencing his 13 Practical Examples below:
As districts and states prepare to implement Common Core curricula, instructional leadership is perhaps the most important area to affect student learning. Knowing how to implement, monitor, and assess a new curriculum can be daunting for any leader. How can principals ensure that teachers know and understand the content of the new curriculum? How can they effectively monitor delivery of the new curriculum in a meaningful way?
This blog post from a school principal in a state that has fully implemented the Common Core State Standards, can help.
Eleanor Dougherty is a teacher and author of several books on education. She has worked with the U.S. Department of Education and is currently developing a national literacy strategy to help teachers in the core subjects align their practice to the Common Core State Standards.
We asked Eleanor what Web sites she would recommend to teachers when it comes to implementing the standards in their classroom. Here are her top five picks.
Everyone knows about the standards and understands that they mean a shift in teaching. Most educators have heard that Common Core calls for a higher level of rigor and more nonfiction. Some are making the shift from novel units to thematic units, teaching texts in the context of other texts. But what lots of people don’t know is that the development of the standards has paralleled the unveiling of really awesome books. Here is just a taste.
In this article written for Colorín Colorado, ELL expert Susan Lafond provides an overview of the ways in which Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy differ from the standards that states currently use. She also discusses the ways in which these shifts will impact ELL instruction.
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