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...
"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.”
"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."
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.
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.
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?
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.