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Children lose out: Common Core Misunderstood

Children lose out: Common Core Misunderstood | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Utah's Board of Education has withdrawn from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium contending the CCSS intrude on states' rights to local decision making in education.

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Common Core W.CCR.10 Explained | Teaching the Core

Common Core W.CCR.10 Explained | Teaching the Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The 10th (and final) Common Core writing anchor standard is about writing all the time for lots of purposes in lots of ways. See the blogger's comments on how to stay on top of the paper monster (grading).

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Common Core Resources

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Visual Learning posts a variety of resources released from PARCC's recent Educator Leader Cadre (ELC) Conference in late July.  

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Getting Complicated With Texts: Understanding the New ELA Standards

Getting Complicated With Texts: Understanding the New ELA Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"Aha!" moments and afterthoughts from a hands-on ELA Common Core conference are included in this follow up article. 

 

What's different about how teachers introduce and work with complex texts. "The group engaged in a lively discussion about how much context a teacher should supply with a reading selection. “Are you helping [students] understand the more background you give him?” Liben asked. Yes, he said. “But are you making them better readers?” No.

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Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of dense information out there about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? You're not alone.  Updated with websites and resources. Also scan the comment section that has been recently updated.

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Ten Keys to Success: The Principal’s Role in Implementing the Common Core

Ten Keys to Success: The Principal’s Role in Implementing the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Just what CAN administrators do to help their schools implement Common Core and what does "simplexity" have to do with it?

 

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Are We Confusing Standards with Standardization?

Are We Confusing Standards with Standardization? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards have nothing to do with standardizing instruction.  We, the teachers, are still tasked with being diligent, creative, rigorous and engaging in our preparation, teaching and assessment.  Read this blog post (and ensuing comments) for a fresh perspective.

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How do the Common Core Reading Standards Honor Practice?

How do the Common Core Reading Standards Honor Practice? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

No amount of listening, reading, or watching helps one as much as actually DOING that which aims to be improved.

 

How then will students “read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently?” There is only one way: PRACTICE.

 

Practice may not make perfect, but it will make PARCC. :)

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Teacher Take-Aways from PARCC's Education Leader Cadre Conference

Teacher Take-Aways from PARCC's Education Leader Cadre Conference | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

See what this teacher's three take-aways were from PARCC's Education Leader Cadre (ELC) Conference in Chicago. 

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How To Integrate the Arts in the ELA Common Core Classroom

Because Common Core promotes the importance of all students studying the arts, this document highlights places where ELA instruction could be enhanced by connecting a genre or particular text, or a theme of a unit, to works of art, music, or film. 

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PARCC: What does it mean to be "College Ready?" DRAFT

This draft version further defines what it means to be "college ready", performance levels for both ELA and Math and a discussion of the threshold (aka cut scores). 

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Utah Core Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts

Utah Core Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A collection of Common Core Resources written for Utah teachers that provides many valuable resources for teachers in all states.

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The Importance of Background Knowledge in Reading Complex Texts

The Importance of Background Knowledge in Reading Complex Texts | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey, authors of "Teaching Students to Read Like Detectives" assert that one of the greatest predictors of reading comprehension is background knowledge. Simply said, how much a reader already knows about a topic will significantly influence whether or not the reader understands the text.

 

 

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Reading As The Core Skill: The Challenge of Challenging Text

Reading As The Core Skill: The Challenge of Challenging Text | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As we return to our students determined to begin implementing a more balanced approach to literacy, using text dependent questions and teaching with complex texts, I wonder if it might be an effective "investment" strategy to let STUDENTS make the connection Tim Shanahan writes about in his article kick-off with regard to reading and lifting weights.

 

Student investment in new approaches goes a long, long way. How can we help them understand, track progress and take ownership?

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Defining “Deep Reading” and “Text-Dependent Questions”

Defining “Deep Reading” and “Text-Dependent Questions” | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Think about how you'll change existing practice of lessons taught "pre CCSS" and how they will change and become more rigorous after CCSS implementation.  Intentional planning on how to "push out" the thinking to students is a good start in ramping up existing lessons to prepare for CCSS. 

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Putting it All Together: Of Sticky Notes & Egg Timers

Putting it All Together: Of Sticky Notes & Egg Timers | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Jan and Kim provide a concrete planning and teaching strategy to ensure reading instruction is balanced between guided, independent, read-aloud and paired reading using two simple tools. The approach is helpful for not only reading teachers but also Science and Social Studies teachers as they help students tackle difficult reads.

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Yeah, but what will it look like in my classroom? | Burkins & Yaris

Yeah, but what will it look like in my classroom?  | Burkins & Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Ohhh I like the half full approach to Common Core implementation!

 

I'm looking forward to future posts on what CCSS implementation looks like in the classroom.  We can read about them, we can talk about them - let's get teaching with them!

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The NY Times and CCSS Reading Strategies: Oooops!

The NY Times and CCSS Reading Strategies: Oooops! | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Although the article identifies unique reading strategies and activities as well as some oldies but goodies, there are a couple that directly contradict those suggested in material published by Achieve and elsewhere.

 

Can you identify which ones don't  belong?

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Achieve Receives New Grant from GE Foundation

Achieve Receives New Grant from GE Foundation | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Achieve, a nonprofit education reform organization, has received a three year, $7 million grant from the GE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of GE, that will greatly assist in implementation of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). 

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Harvard Education Letter: Nine Ways Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice

Harvard Education Letter: Nine Ways Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

There's good news and bad news for supporters of the Common Core State Standards. The good news is that the vast majority of teachers have read the Standards and nearly all like them. The bad news is that about 80 percent of mathematics teachers said the Standards were “pretty much the same” as their current state standards.

 

Those teachers might want to take a closer look. While the Common Core State Standards share many features and concepts with existing standards, the new standards also represent a substantial departure from current practice in a number of respects.

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Deeper Reading and Critical Thinking Using Document Based Questions

Deeper Reading and Critical Thinking Using Document Based Questions | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Worth the read, this post correlates the skills of summarizing, recognizing points of view and analysis/evaluation with the Common Core State Standards in multiple grade bands using DBQs (document based questions).  

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Shanahan on Literacy: Text Difficulty and Adolescents

Shanahan on Literacy: Text Difficulty and Adolescents | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Thanks to Tim Shanahan for his comments on using leveled texts and additional scaffolding for adolescents who are not reading at grade level.  Consider this a must read!

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PARCC UPDATE: An attendee's notes

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PARCC held an update for education leaders in DC on July 30, 2012. In this blog post, take a look at one participant's notes. Be sure to take a look at the  "What's Next" section.

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Broward County Public Schools Common Core Resource Website

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Broward County, Florida offers teachers, parents and stakeholders in the community a place to learn and share about Common Core.  

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How Do the Common Core Reading Standards Honor Practice?

How Do the Common Core Reading Standards Honor Practice? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This post looks at reading anchor standards 1-6 through the lens of practice and looks at the ways in which these standards imply the need to read frequently.  Read, re-read, think and read again! 

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