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50 Important Links for Common Core Educators

50 Important Links for Common Core Educators | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Many teachers still have a lot of questions about what Common Core will mean for them; these resources are a good place to look for answers.
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Deconstructing CCSS

Deconstructing CCSS | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Oh I REALLY like this! These types of intimate "getting-to-know-you" exercises, conversations and collaborations teachers will have about common core standards within their grade bands will enable them to really understand the expectations of Common Core.

 

Sure, we can "google" I-Cans and post them in our classrooms, but it's this digging in that will help us really understand what our students must know and be able to do.  

 

I need to read this, and read it again.  Good stuff here!

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Common Standards Adoption and Assessments

Common Standards Adoption and Assessments | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This infographic follows the progression of the recent common-standards movement.

 

BTW visually representing info and stats through infographics is quickly catching on and there are several web 2.0 tools to help students communicate data and its relevance using them.  Consider viewing Richard Byrne's post that provides three sources: 

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/06/three-free-tools-for-creating.html

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Common Core Legislation: How Did Your State Do?

Common Core Legislation: How Did Your State Do? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Daniel Thatcher, ed policy specialist, offers a tracking sheet to monitor states' progress in legislation regarding Common Core. The link to his shared Google doc is included in the text.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Become a Power Google Searcher

Free Technology for Teachers: Become a Power Google Searcher | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

With ELA Common Core emphasizing short research projects and the importance of collecting and validating sources, this might be worth a look see. 

 

I signed up 45 seconds ago.  

 

Google peeps are doing great things for teachers and their students.  Stay tuned for more!

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CTB/McGraw-Hill Expands Common Core Assessment Line -- THE Journal

CTB/McGraw-Hill Expands Common Core Assessment Line -- THE Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
A major player in the K-12 education technology arena has introduced a new set of assessment tools to gauge student achievement in five areas.
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Three Steps for Improving Teacher Questions

Three Steps for Improving Teacher Questions | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

An excellent read on taking three little steps, but making BIG gains in boosting rigor and pushing out the thinking to your students.

 

"It's extremely difficult to create higher order thinking questions 'on-the-fly'." Additionally, the text asserts appropriate scaffolding for helping students identify, understand and analyze essential ideas from texts and text complements in order to discuss and write effectively (essential element in the ELA CCSS).

 

Read this, read it again, and then begin to create your spreadsheet (step 3) with Blooms question stems to ensure your lessons/units push out the thinking to students.  Remember, on-the-fly questions created by good teachers are what keep them from becoming GREAT ones.

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Chromebooks: What's in it for PARCC?

Chromebooks: What's in it for PARCC? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

One of the reasons Google is able to make the push for Chromebooks in education is that its laptops meet the new hardware and operating system guidelines set by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

 

In addition to these deployment announcements, Google is also launching new tools and collections of web apps for students and administrators at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference today.

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How TEA (Technology Enhanced Assessments) Will Be the Game Changer for Assessment Data

“The way the Common Core comes to life is through the assessments,” observed Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers. “If we get this right, we will put our students on a course for a better future.”

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Teachers on the Students Who Keep Them Coming Back

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Teachers on the Students Who Keep Them Coming Back | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Three candid testimonies about teaching in urban schools.  NCLB, CCSS, whatever! One thing we all agree upon...

 

"...teachers are the single most important in-school factor in student learning outcomes."

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How top-down policies undermine instruction and feed the testing and accountability backlash

How top-down policies undermine instruction and feed the testing and accountability backlash | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"Many of these top-down district policies stem from the earnest desire to replicate the practices of the best and most effective teachers. Unfortunately, what too many state and district leaders miss is that you can’t script your way to great instruction from district offices or from the statehouse. And trying to do so saps teacher and principal buy-in and morale, often while making instruction less effective."

 

KIPP and Uncommon Schools are evidence of "many routes, same destination." Given the "destination", can we give school leaders and teachers the autonomy to "map the route" based on the needs of their students?

 

So many valid points here - I believe teachers and admins will resonate with them.

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When Poor Grammar Goes to Work

When Poor Grammar Goes to Work | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This is something new to me. I know when students go to college, often if they are not "college ready" they must take courses to ramp up where needed (in writing, for example).  

 

However, I wasn't aware that companies have increased employee training in grammar and related writing skills.  Looks like grammar is still an important job skill, and a good way to invest students that what they are learning is important!

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Teacher's Summer Reading List on ELA Common Core | International Reading Association

Teacher's Summer Reading List on ELA Common Core | International Reading Association | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Students aren't the only ones with summer reading lists.  The International Reading Association provides some good reads for teachers, too.

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P21 Common Core Toolkit - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills

P21 Common Core Toolkit - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

How are Common Core State Standards aligned to 21st century thinking skills?  P21's Learning & Innovation Skills include the 4'Cs (Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity) all of which can be enhanced through appropriate use of technology.

 

P21 provides a CCSS toolkit that provides an overview, examples, sample lesson plans, CCSS resources and assessment resources.

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School Librarians and the Common Core Standards: LiveBinder Resources

School Librarians and the Common Core Standards: LiveBinder Resources | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Common Core State Standards resources pertinent to school librarians and media specialists and articles relevant to Common Core adoption. Includes AASL Common Core Crosswalk and much more.  

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Does the Common Core overcomplicate text selection?

Does the Common Core overcomplicate text selection? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The guidance that’s starting to emerge about how teachers can best select “grade-appropriate” texts may actually end up undermining the Common Core’s emphasis on improving the quality and rigor of the texts students are reading.

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New Interactive Common Core-Aligned Whiteboard Lessons -- THE Journal

New Interactive Common Core-Aligned Whiteboard Lessons -- THE Journal | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and Promethean have collaborated to develop two ready-to-use collections of Common Core interactive whiteboard lessons for reading and mathematics.
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Synthesis: Quest for New Understanding

Synthesis: Quest for New Understanding | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

QUEST is a teaching strategy that helps students formulate new information from multiple texts.

 

This lessoncast explains how the QUEST mnemonic can be remembered and applied.

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Engaging Nonfiction: The Times, the Common Core and a Question for You

Engaging Nonfiction: The Times, the Common Core and a Question for You | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"This week we’d like to ask you, what can we do to help? How can The Learning Network make the transition to the Common Core easier for you?"

 

"We have some ideas of our own (beginning, of course, with making sure all our lessons are aligned to the standards this fall), but we’d love to hear what you have to say."

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American Experience: PBS

American Experience: PBS | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

TV’s most-watched history series airs on PBS and has a library of over 250 documentaries.

 

This online resource offers an incredible array of primary sources, multi-media and teaching guides that offer text complements to Common Core classrooms.

 

 

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Some Books Are More Equal Than Others

Some Books Are More Equal Than Others | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Wisdom provided by a middle school reading enrichment teacher is "spot on" in her thoughts on summer reading.

 

"Reading literature should be intentional. The problem with much summer reading is that the intention is unclear."

 

"What summer reading needs to be is purposeful. But how do we ensure purposeful independent reading given the low accountability of summer assignments?"

 

Having read both Hunger Games and A Long Way Gone, I concur with Ms. Hollander in that one text clearly expanded my "world knowledge" and prompted me to ask deeper questions about prevailing issues.

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Do We Need National Proficiency Standards for All Students?

Do We Need National Proficiency Standards for All Students? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Two different men with two different opinions weigh in on the need for national standards.  

 

Chester E. Finn Jr., president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and chairman of the Hoover Institution's Koret Task Force on K-12 Education, argues in favor of national standards. Jay Greene, head of the department of education reform at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., makes the case against national standards.

 

What say you?

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PARCC: Draft Version of College Readiness with Performance Descriptors

Discussion draft provided by PARCC. Defines what it means to be "college ready" with performance level descriptors.

 

I wonder if this could be the beginning of truly identifying students' performance on rigorous standards instead of "seat time."  Would early college entry and more advanced coursework be in their future?

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Don't Politicize the Common Core State Standards!

Don't Politicize the Common Core State Standards! | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

"As a parent, the Common Core State Standards provide my wife and me with a clear understanding of what my children are expected to learn at each grade level, K through 12, regardless of what state the job takes our family (with the exception of a notable few). That the Standards are evidence-based and developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators and experts gives me confidence that my kids will graduate fully prepared for college."

 

"Unfortunately, like so many other issues, the Common Core State Standards are surrounded by myths and are being misrepresented for supposed political gain; the incredible value that the Standards provide to parents wanting to be fully engaged in their children's education makes this all the more dangerous and could represent a huge loss to our education system in America."

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Wordle - Common Core ELA

Wordle - Common Core ELA | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

What words are most frequently used in the ELA Common Core document?  Hummm wonder what the Lexile measure is...

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