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The ELA Common Core: A grand opportunity for grand misconceptions

The ELA Common Core: A grand opportunity for grand misconceptions | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Grab your copy of the ELA Common Core standards and read along as Chris Lehman uses "textual evidence" to argue claims and address the most common myths about using the Common Core standards.

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11 Tech Tools to Help Teach the Common Core Standards

11 Tech Tools to Help Teach the Common Core Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Tech tools to help teach, communicate and be more productive with Common Core State Standards.

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Close reading of the text as required in CCSS: Hardly new, so why the fuss?

Close reading of the text as required in CCSS: Hardly new, so why the fuss? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Grant Wiggins claims that the "close read" isn't all that different than what many schools have been practicing.

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Paying It Forward: Six PreK-2 Writing Essentials for Meeting Common Core Expectations in 3-12 | Burkins & Yaris

Paying It Forward: Six PreK-2 Writing Essentials for Meeting Common Core Expectations in 3-12 | Burkins & Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Good teachers know that the foundation for good reading and writing begin long before third grade, where high stakes standardized tests begin. In this post, we discuss the pay it forward philosophy that applies to starting intentional teaching of reading and writing as early as preschool.

 

Strategies forthcoming next week.

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Common Core W.CCR.4 Explained | Teaching the Core

Common Core W.CCR.4 Explained | Teaching the Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"W.CCR.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience."

 

In any given piece of writing, the decisions that writers must make are dictated by task, audience, and purpose. TAP–or task, audience, purpose–is a great acronym for helping students think about the strategic communication choices that writers make in all stages of the writing process.

 

 

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Tackling Text Complexity through Annotation

Tackling Text Complexity through Annotation | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

You know.... I like this, and for many different reasons! I see a way to build student investment in reading complex texts, I see metacognition, I see rationale, I see a variety of instructional strategies, I see technology, I see formative assessment, basically I see students grappling with the text and building confidence in their ability to understand it.

 

I'm not crazy about the article, but we can work with that.

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Ted Caron's comment, July 19, 2012 10:32 AM
Love the visual thesaurus. Do you think many teachers utilize this with their students? Could be great tool to empower students to take ownership over looking up unfamiliar and exploring academic vocabulary. Perhaps as you were alluding to, I'm not crazy about the LP. Bogged down by competing objectives.
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6 NonFiction Children's Book Awards--Finding NonFiction Texts for Common Core

6 NonFiction Children's Book Awards--Finding NonFiction Texts for Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

View this helpful resource to find children's book awards that will help you find great reads among nonfiction, informational books for young students.

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Shift Happens: Here Comes the Common Core!

Shift Happens: Here Comes the Common Core! | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Steve Weber writes, "as educators move into the 'Implementation' phase, it is important to remember the words of Michael Fullan (1993), "Systems don't change by themselves. Rather, the actions of individuals and small groups working on new conceptions intersect to produce breakthroughs."

 

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“But I Can’t Read” - A teacher's refreshing perspective

“But I Can’t Read” - A teacher's refreshing perspective | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Wow, what a refreshing perspective to begin my day! Instead of citing all of the obstacles to implementing common core, a teacher shares her thoughts and reactions to hearing the dreaded words, "but I can't read."

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Symbaloo Gallery of Common Core State Standards Resources

Symbaloo Gallery of Common Core State Standards Resources | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Symbaloo is another Web 2.0 platform that can be used to locate and share resources on the Common Core State Standards.

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Fewer, Clearer & Higher: Why Students Need the Common Core

This five minute video speaks to why students need the common core state standards and gives a 10,000 foot overview of them.

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PTA Published "Parents' Guide to Student Success"

PTA Published "Parents' Guide to Student Success" | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This Parents' Guide publishes information by grade level on how to prepare and support students as their schools begin to roll out Common Core Standards. It includes:

 

Key items that children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade, once the standards are fully implemented.

 

Activities that parents can do at home to support their child's learning.

 

Methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their child's teacher.

 

Tips for planning for college and career (high school only).

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Shanahan on Literacy: Common Core or Guided Reading

Shanahan on Literacy: Common Core or Guided Reading | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A very helpful read in which Tim Shanahan contrasts the different approaches to reading with challenging texts: Common Core and Guided Reading (Fountas and Pinnell)

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How can the 4 C's be used to achieve Common Core State Standards?

How can the 4 C's be used to achieve Common Core State Standards? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

I'm well aware of the importance of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication (the Four C's) to success in both the classroom and the workplace. So, I've been a strong supporter of imbedding the acquisition of those skills into formal education even before the inception of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) and the creation of the impressive tools that have resulted from the P21 work.


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The Golden Age of Common Core: Teach Now, Test Later?

The Golden Age of Common Core: Teach Now, Test Later? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This might just be a golden opportunity, claims Justin Baeder. The standards are clear and define what students should know and be able to do.

 

They leave plenty of room for teachers to determine how to help their students meet the standards. Yet they don't specify narrow tasks and assignments, and this creates a rare window of freedom to just teach well and not worry about standardized testing.

 

With standardized tests from the consortia a good year away, wouldn't the classroom be a golden place to begin teaching with the Common Core?

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Common Questions about the Common Core/Answered Using Glogster

Common Questions about the Common Core/Answered Using Glogster | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Probably nothing you don't already know, but the information is presented in a new way using Glogster.

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Business leaders rally around Common Core

Business leaders rally around Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A worthwhile read on the necessity to implement and achieve with Common Core State Standards from the perspective of commerce.

 

Not only do several business leaders voice concerns and support for CCSS, leaders from the NEA and AFT also weigh in on their vitality and timeliness.

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Public Review of Draft Policy and Descriptors | PARCC

Public Review of Draft Policy and Descriptors | PARCC | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

PARCC seeking feedback from the public on two draft policies related to its next generation assessment system. Links to the draft policies and an online survey for comments included.

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Bill Gates in Atlanta: Speaks to Teacher Evals, Common Core and Ed Tech

View the context of the speech Bill Gates gave this week at the  Education Commission of the States conference in Atlanta. 

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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

Ms. Hank reflects on her teaching and writes, "What Coleman and the common core standards want us to do is stop frontloading so much information because what we research and dig up to tell our students in an attempt to build context for a reading is information they can dig up on their own while we guide and facilitate their reading."

 

Worth the read and digging into her resources!

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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Common Core Standards: Lessons, Ideas, and Discussions #ccchat

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Common Core Standards: Lessons, Ideas, and Discussions #ccchat | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A collection of pretty "cool" Common Core Tools from the Cool Cat Teacher Blog.  

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Common Sense and the Common Core

Common Sense and the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Wendy shares the following about beginning to use the Common Core State Standards, "I do think there are things for school librarians to get excited about with the adoption of the Common Core. But it's not the new resources. It's opportunities for collaboration on the suggested range of research projects, small and large, a mandate to evaluate resources, use appropriate citation styles, integrate a range of types of text, and present work through multimedia and authentically produced products."

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Summarize to Get the Gist

Summarize to Get the Gist | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

ASCD contributor, John Collins, argues that frequently written summaries of complex texts are a great way to develop students' reading comprehension and argument-writing skills, while minimizing the time the teacher spends correcting. In this post he describes the 10% summary strategy.

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Jim Burke's English Companion

Jim Burke's English Companion | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As an alternative to paper texts, Jim Burke created The Digital Textbook which offers a variety of media in conjunction with text that provides context for weekly reading and writing instruction.

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Does the Common Core Allow for Creating Writing?

Does the Common Core Allow for Creating Writing? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

If you’re an ELA teacher, all of this talk about THE three forms of writing in the Common Core State Standards (argumentative, informative/explanatory, and narrative) and about the importance of college/career readiness might be a bit unnerving. After all, where is the love for the creative writing that led many of us (including me) to love ELA in the first place?

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