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100 Things We Give a Sheet About (in no particular order) | Burkins & Yaris

100 Things We Give a Sheet About (in no particular order) | Burkins & Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

To top off our close read of David Coleman's speech excerpt and to celebrate our milestone 100th post, we offer you this list of 100 things we care deeply about as educators.  Help us celebrate our 100th post by tweeting something you give a sheet about. 

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Can a Test Capture 'College and Career Readiness' in Early Grades?

Can a Test Capture 'College and Career Readiness' in Early Grades? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"ACT Inc., maker of the well-known college admissions exam, announced earlier this month that it is working to create a new series of tests to measure how students—as young as 5—are acquiring the skills and knowledge they need to be ready for college and careers."

 

 

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Common Core for School Leaders: A Guide to Developing Systemic Curriculum Growth

Common Core for School Leaders: A Guide to Developing Systemic Curriculum Growth | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

How can Principals support teachers in their Common Core Integration efforts?

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Using Technology as a Means to a Common Core End

Using Technology as a Means to a Common Core End | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A menu of tech tools is listed in the blog post. How would you use them with your students as a way to help them meet learning objectives?

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The false promise of “field testing” standards

The false promise of “field testing” standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"Suggesting that we “field test” Common Core betrays a fundamental misunderstanding about what standards are and what they are not."

 

"Standards aren’t an instructional program or curriculum that helps teachers and students reach an academic goal. Standards ARE the goal. They are nothing more or less than a simple list of knowledge and skills that students should learn at particular grade levels. You can’t “field test” what a state should expect its students should learn."

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The CCSS and Science Writing: What Science Teachers Should Care About

Jordan and Spiegel make the point that science teachers need to understand the CCSS regarding writing in the science classroom. They are important to science teachers because they provide broad standards that define the skills and understanding that all students must demonstrate in science as well as other content areas.

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Student Achievement Partners Launch Five PD Modules (public domain)

Student Achievement Partners Launch Five PD Modules (public domain) | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

These flexible, ready-to-use modules intend to support educators in the understanding and effective implementation of the Common Core State Standards.


The modules are intended for use directly by individual educators, in professional learning communities, or for preparing to lead the professional development in a school or district setting. The time required for each module can be customized, suitable for a variety of applications, by expanding the amount of time spent on the activities and in discussion.


Each module contains a facilitator’s guide, PowerPoint presentations with thorough notes, hands-on activities, related readings and research, recommended topics for discussion, and web and video resources. Refer to the Facilitator’s Guide for specific instructions on how to use each part of the module.

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Resources for Understanding the CCSS

Resources for Understanding the CCSS | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Edutopia provides a collection of websites, organizations, articles and several other resources related to Common Core State Standards. A few more are appended within the comments that follow the article.

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Harper Lee Publishes "TKAM" 52 Years Ago Today

Harper Lee Publishes "TKAM" 52 Years Ago Today | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

EdSitement partners with Thinkfinity to help teachers find, save, and share lesson plans and educational resources to use with Common Core.  Using themes of courage and cowardice in Lee's book, there are several opportunities to couple with other texts with similar themes.

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Narrative Writing and the Business World | Burkins & Yaris

Narrative Writing and the Business World | Burkins & Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"As you reflect on your current units of study in writing, look carefully at the anchor standards and the explanation of the recommended writing genres in Appendix A."

 

"As you do, you will see that that there are three writing foci supported by the Common Core, of which, one is narrative. In preparing instruction for the future, make prudent adjustments where your instruction over-emphasizes narrative but remember that while facts and figures may inform, story empowers. Without balance, we may wake up five-ten-fifteen years from now in a vast wasteland of data that means nothing because it has lost its context: story."

 

Students require balanced writing instruction supported by attention to correct usage and writing mechanics. The expectations and openness of CCSS serve both.  Although argumentative writing may change minds, narrative changes the heart.

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Big6 (Information & Tech Literacy) & Common Core Standards Alignment

Big6 (Information & Tech Literacy) & Common Core Standards Alignment | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Help students grapple with point of view, vetting resources, documenting claims and synthesizing and cataloging information using The Big 6 Information & Technology Skills.

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Common Core Needs a Team Effort

Common Core Needs a Team Effort | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"Yes, we must build the instructional scaffolding necessary for low-skilled students to tackle high-quality lessons. But, school systems must also be willing to address chronic absenteeism and chronic disorder before we can systematically teach for mastery."

 

"Once we establish the conditions necessary for building respectful learning cultures, students will rise to the occasion. To create such skills, however, we need to recruit twenty-somethings into the team effort that is teaching and learning."

 

Deb's thoughts: Twenty-somethings are fine, but before we build "the team" we need the LEADER in the school who will LEAD the team. 

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Adjectives for the Word Graveyard: The Case Against "Good" and "Bad"

Try using this video as a lesson starter, without giving context.  It makes a solid point when choosing and using words in writing. Aligns well to CCSS Anchor Standard 3: Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

 

To further push rigor, ask students to critique the video (and some of the comments) for improvement in clarity, and even point of view.

 

It's alarming that such a simple video about word choice would illicit such impassioned dialog.  Ahhh the power of words!

 

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The Fear of Failure: What's it mean in schools?

The Fear of Failure: What's it mean in schools? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As a follow up, to a recently written article, “Are You a Risk Taker?" ASCD contributor, Steven Weber continues the conversation in this piece about "The Fear of Failure."

 

BTW, although Winston Churchill doesn't have the monopoly on stellar quotes, he has a few notables regarding courage, risk, success and failure.

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Shanahan on Literacy: Planning for Close Reading

Shanahan on Literacy: Planning for Close Reading | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Tim Shanahan defines "close reading" and digs into the Common Core Reading Standards (both literature and informational text).  Further, he defines the rationale for re-reading and offers examples in his hyperlinked Google doc slides.

 

Highly recommend taking a look - it's worth the "close" read.

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Pesuadements, Arguemations? What is all this really?

Pesuadements, Arguemations? What is all this really? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In this post, Burkins and Yaris continue to closely read a paragraph from one of David Coleman's speeches in which he uses the word "sheet" to focus attention on arguments vs. persuasion.

 

With regard to writing based on evidence or emotion, what's been done in the past, what do students need to be able to do in future, and what do we call "verifiable evidence?" Lots to think about in this post that relates to the "spirit" of Common Core.

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US History Websites with the Common Core

US History Websites with the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The CCSS are intended to engage students in the history curriculum and teach them skills needed to be successful as 21st century leaners. The following is a collection of websites useful to supplement the curriculum and engage students.

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Is David Coleman "Two Sheets To the Wind" or Does He Really Give a Sheet | Burkins & Yaris

Is David Coleman "Two Sheets To the Wind" or Does He Really Give a Sheet | Burkins & Yaris | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

In this post, Burkins and Yaris closely read a paragraph disparaging narrative writing from the transcript of a speech given by David Coleman to a group of NY educators.

 

What exactly is Coleman saying about narrative versus argumentative writing and does he practice what he preaches?

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Four Myths About the ELA Common-Core Standards

Four Myths About the ELA Common-Core Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Speaks to measuring text complexity, whether or not to use pre-reading, using text dependent questions and their relationship to creating analytic readers, and finally the question of balanced literacy.  

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12 Days of Summer (School) | Real Talk About Bumps in the Road

A summer school teacher grapples with the Common Core ELA standards for the first time and shares her candid self assessment about what went wrong and she "fixed it."  Insightful!

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Bill Gates Talks Teacher Evaluation, Common Core at ECS Forum

Bill Gates Talks Teacher Evaluation, Common Core at ECS Forum | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Bill Gates states that if he had to pick on thing that would give the US the best chance of a strong future, "I would pick great teaching in America's classroom." Designing an evaluation and feedback model without "heavy involvement of teachers" would be a big mistake.

 

Further Gates cited a locus on depth of knowledge, application and critical thinking skills in the Common Core as well states creating a common ground for educational innovation as boosters to improving student learning.

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Book Review: Pathways to the Common Core | Engaging Educators

Book Review: Pathways to the Common Core | Engaging Educators | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

A book for the beach for teachers this summer.  Think about mixing it up with a little reading from the Appendices (especially A &B) from the Common Core State Standards.  Not as spicy as "50 Shades" but guaranteed to get you ready for fall.

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JSD Comprehensive Balanced Literacy - Home

JSD Comprehensive Balanced Literacy - Home | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Jordan School District's Literacy website include many, many useful resources for ELA Common Core including recommended reading lists (by title, Lexile measure, description), word walls/cards, writing rubrics, and much more.  

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What Texts does the Common Core REQUIRE Students to Read?

What Texts does the Common Core REQUIRE Students to Read? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

I'm with Mr. Stuart on this one; the standards are vague with respect to text title selection.  This leaves the doors and windows WIDE open for teacher and student choice.  Nice!

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What Rests in Our Hands: How Attentive Are We?

What Rests in Our Hands: How Attentive Are We? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"Learning how to read well and with authority is not simply a matter of knowing reading methods and processes, just as writing arguments is not simply a matter of knowing form. For many learners, sensitive and responsive teaching is necessary. We may need to see/hear/sense how. We may need to be coached. We may need to find our own methods. We may need to try and refine our attempts. We may need to cooperate with others. Alongside these actions an attentive teacher can be essential."

 

How attentive are we? Are we mere iterating recently heard CCSS directives, or are we continuing to reflect on our practice, improvement and the specific needs of students in our community of learners?

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Michelle Stratton's comment, July 10, 2012 3:45 PM
Deb, I tried to rescoop this excellent link and I think I may have inadvertently tagged the little circle that suggested your own link back to you. My apologies if this happened.
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