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Countdown to Next Generation Assessments


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Next week my school will be piloting the Smarter Balanced ELA Assessment.  It looks wild....

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How Middle School Failures Lead to Medical School Success

How Middle School Failures Lead to Medical School Success | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
Parents who insulate their children from disappointment may rob them of the chance to develop self-esteem -- and a good bedside manner.
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PVLEGS: A Public Speaking Acronym that's Transforming my Students into Speakers, not just Talkers | Teaching the Core

PVLEGS: A Public Speaking Acronym that's Transforming my Students into Speakers, not just Talkers | Teaching the Core | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it

Before I start lathering at the mouth about PVLEGS, let me just state plainly that this acronym for effective speaking was developed by Erik Palmer.


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, April 16, 2:09 PM
My message: yes! Everyone should be supporting speaking & listening. Our culture has a slowly dying sense of civility. Improved communication practices would go far to turn this slow death around. Unfortunately, though I love technology, it does little to advance meaningful face-to-face discourse. Modeling responsible dialogue and providing opportunities for constructive discussion, debate, and consensus-making is an imperative placed upon teachers, parents, business, and yes, government.
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What Americans like best about their favorite teachers - The Washington Post

What Americans like best about their favorite teachers - The Washington Post | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
It may surprise you.
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7 Important Tips for Providing Effective Feedback to Your Students

7 Important Tips for Providing Effective Feedback to Your Students | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it

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Five Rules to Help End Student Boredom & Increase Engagement | MiddleWeb

Five Rules to Help End Student Boredom & Increase Engagement | MiddleWeb | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
It's time to end classroom boredom, says educator Barbara Blackburn, who offers 5 rules for student engagement with examples from her own teaching & consulting.
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Reading Aloud Closely with Upper Elementary Students | MiddleWeb

Reading Aloud Closely with Upper Elementary Students | MiddleWeb | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it

As Mary Tarashuk reads the novel Red Kayak aloud, she tries out several graphic organizers that help 4th grade students probe the dramatic story's deeper themes


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, March 17, 6:23 PM
I've been pushing teachers to use speaking vans listening skills in providing students the opportunities to practice deep application of the reading standards. Obviously, writing is a good way to demonstrate deep, rich analytic reading. But speaking is equally as valid though tougher to evaluate....words are lost in the billowing air. But...they can act as rehearsals for later writing.
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5 Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention

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If we hope to construct enduring understanding in our students, it's critical that, now more than ever, we know their strengths and interests. By incorporating students' strengths and weakness into a
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We Are Teachers

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11 tips for teaching close reading in the classroom
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Beyond School Supplies: How DonorsChoose is Crowdsourcing Real Education Reform

Beyond School Supplies: How DonorsChoose is Crowdsourcing Real Education Reform | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
The charity is using its networking strength to provide teachers with new kinds of resources, and its data to hold bureaucrats accountable.
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I have been assisted in my own classroom from DonorsChoose.  They are a fantastic organization that loves teachers. 

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Formative Assessment That Truly Informs Instruction

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Formative Assessment That Truly Informs Instruction, NCTE October 2013
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3 Statements That Describe Rigorous Assessment -

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3 Statements That Describe Rigorous Assessment by Barbara Blackburn, author of Rigor is not a 4-Letter Word As we’ve discussed 7 myths about rigor, and the characteristics of rigor in curriculum, the final component is rigorous assessment. There...

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Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, February 8, 1:54 PM

En este estado de ocurrencia permanente en el que vivimos, no podía ser de otra manera que el rigor en educación sea un asunto bastante olvidado por un profesorado, poco habituado a cuestionarse casi nada..... Comenzado por el profesorado universitario que nunca explica sus propios criterios de valoración al alumnado (quizá porque carecen de los mismos)..

Es, pues, un tema urgente volver a revisar (en muchos casos leerese por primera vez) los indicadores y criterios de evaluación y transformarlos en otros más sencillos a disposición del alumnado y sus familias. Este artículo de Barbara Blackburn, ayuda a considerar cuáles son los aspectos clave de la evaluación en nuestros centros.

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A Visual Chart on Summative Vs Formative Assessment ~ Infographic

A Visual Chart on Summative Vs Formative Assessment ~ Infographic | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it

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Gonzalo Abio's curator insight, February 6, 4:20 AM

Siempre vale tener presente estas dicotomías

Pablo César García Sánchez's curator insight, February 6, 10:12 AM

Siempre has dicho como profesor que los alumnos han de venir a clase a aprender y no a sacar nota.

A pesar de que tus exámenes reflejen una gran parte de su nivel de conocimientos y competencias, dales una oportunidad para aprender de otra manera: súmate la Evaluación Formativa!

Reserva un tiempo a diario/semanalmente para comprobar cómo marcha su aprendizaje y toma las acciones necesarias que salgan de esos controles.

No te conformes con averiguar solo lo que saben con las pruebas estandarizadas. Da un paso más y aprende sobre tu propia manera de enseñar.

¿Te atreves?

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Do We Need To Level The Playing Field—Or Tilt It?

Do We Need To Level The Playing Field—Or Tilt It? | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it

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Evidence? Read like a detective, write like an investigative reporter

Evidence? Read like a detective, write like an investigative reporter | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it

"David Liben, who was involved in the creation of the Common Core and is now Senior Content Specialist at Student Achievement Partners, provides this simple explanation of evidence under the new standards: “It means asking children two questions:

‘What is your evidence?''How did you figure that out?’


The point is to ask students to answer not just based on their thoughts or opinions, but on evidence in the text.”


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Does writing improve thinking? | Common Core St...

Does writing improve thinking? | Common Core St... | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
"writing may help students develop their critical-thinking skills, but writing does not necessarily teach critical thinking" "The best way to help students learn critical thinking may be to actually teach it."
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Arranging Classroom Furniture: An Unobtrusive Glimpse into How Teachers Teach

Arranging Classroom Furniture: An Unobtrusive Glimpse into How Teachers Teach | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
How teachers arrange the furniture in classrooms gives a peek into how teachers teach. Look at these photos taken last year of elementary and secondary classrooms that have different furniture arra...
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'Grit' Is Not a Substitute for School Support of Teachers

'Grit' Is Not a Substitute for School Support of Teachers | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
Cindi Rigsbee says she returned to teaching after almost giving it up, but not because she lacked grit.
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Reading Passages on Historical Subjects

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You’ll love this free resource for teaching reading comprehension. Check out ReadWorks.org!
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Corkboard Connections: Teaching Informational Text with Magazines

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Close Readers Make Big Money

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Think Alouds: Unpacking the Standards

Think Alouds: Unpacking the Standards | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
If you are having trouble understanding the Common Core Standards, and how to begin teaching with it, check this presentation out. Sarah Brown Wessling explains the Common Core Standards in a way that makes it more approachable for teachers to transfer to the classroom.

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, March 15, 4:03 PM

Great explanation by former Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling.

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5 Assessment Strategies Every Teacher Should Know

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5 Assessment Strategies Every Teacher Should Know
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“Decoding, vocabulary, and background knowledge are key requirements for reading comprehension" - Proficient Reading Elusive

“Decoding, vocabulary, and background knowledge are key requirements for reading comprehension" - Proficient Reading Elusive | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it

Although U.S. kids have made progress in decoding words, leading to a slight uptick in elementary-grade reading scores over the past two decades, they’re still shaky at the second part of reading—understanding what they sound out.


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Saberes Sin Fronteras Ong's curator insight, February 9, 6:29 AM

Es todavía un problema central en la Educación la de ayudar al escolar a "comprender" lo que lee. Los maestros, agobiados quizá por horas y horas de clase, no suelen continuar estudiando las nuevas metodologías que claramente ayudan a mejorar esta capacidad.

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Filling in Thought Holes: An Invaluable Social and Emotional Learning Lesson

Filling in Thought Holes: An Invaluable Social and Emotional Learning Lesson | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
"I didn’t get invited to Craig's party . . . I'm such a loser."

"I missed the bus . . . nothing ever goes my way."

"My math teacher wants to see me . . . I must be in trouble."

These are the thoug
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Empower Students to Take Ownership of Learning

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Empowering students is not the same as abdicating control of your classroom. The ASCD’s journal Educational Leadership defines student empowerment as “student ownership of learning.” That is a good way to look at it – helping students take control of their own education. But how do you do that?


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Steve Vaitl's curator insight, February 4, 7:45 AM

Excellent post about using student empowerment techniques for your assessments and for your classroom.

Lia Goren's curator insight, February 9, 5:37 AM

"Empoderar a los estudiantes no es lo mismo que abdicar el control de su clase." El empoderamiento de los estudiantes alude a la apropiación de la tarea de aprendizaje. "Esta es una buena manera de verlo - ayudar a los estudiantes a tomar control de su propia educación. ¿Cómo lo hacemos?"

Lia Goren's curator insight, February 9, 5:39 AM

"Empoderar a los estudiantes no es lo mismo que abdicar el control de su clase." El empoderamiento de los estudiantes alude a la apropiación de la tarea de aprendizaje. "Esta es una buena manera de verlo - ayudar a los estudiantes a tomar control de su propia educación. ¿Cómo lo hacemos?"

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Infographics as Assessments for Nonfiction Reading

Infographics as Assessments for Nonfiction Reading | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
This past weekend, my step-daughter Emily, who works in the field of non-profit fundraising, asked me out of the blue, "Do you you ever teach your students about infographics?" I beamed with pride as I showed off my students' hard work.

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KB...Konnected's curator insight, February 2, 8:46 AM

Excellent ideas!