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Successful implementation of Common Core will "require less busywork and more genuine, systemic change."

Successful implementation of Common Core will "require less busywork and more genuine, systemic change." | Exploring Common Core | Scoop.it

In our zeal to change everything, will we end up accomplishing nothing?


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LearnZillion adds #commoncore lesson plans to their video party


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Teaching Students How to Conduct Inquiry-Driven Research

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If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? - Albert Einstein It always starts with a question. Most of the time there is a simple answer to that question. What...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 28, 2013 6:24 PM

How do we get students to conduct inquiry-driven research where they cannot easily Google the answer? This post provides a look at how to teach teenagers by using questions that do not have an easy answer, specifically "Who is more popular, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, or Beyoncé?" It does not have a clear cut answer and requires that you look at trends. A description of what this question led to is provided and it shows that answering this question leads to a range of resources that students must also look at and evaluate.

But what about younger students? Two suggestions are made that will help you start thinking about how to do this and engage younger students in conducting inquiry-driven research. For more information on this click through to the post.

R. Alisha J. Hill's curator insight, December 28, 2013 7:16 PM

This blog  hits the nail on the head...reasearch papers must be inquiry based. In order to be college and career ready students must know how to  draw inferences and make conclusions using evidence to back up their argument. They must also know how to identify credible sources. Using this inquiry driven research approach teaches them "how to fish", which is a lifelong survival skill students will need To function in today's society.m

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Resources for Writing IEPs Aligned to Common-Core Standards

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This list is a starting point for educators seeking examples of standards-based IEP goals tied to the Common Core State Standards, currently adopted in 46 states and the District of Columbia.

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The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Exploring Common Core | Scoop.it

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An Evidence-Based Selected-Response (EBSR)

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What is an EBSR?

An Evidence-Based Selected-Response (EBSR) is one of the three “item” types by which PARCC will measure student’s proficiency with achieving grade level reading standards. The other two item types are the Technology-Enhanced Constructed-Response (TECR), and the Prose Constructed Response  (PCR), which simply put is an essay. More on those later. Let’s keep our focus here on the EBSR.

 

Essentially, an EBSR is like a conventional multiple choice question. What makes the EBSRdifferent from the conventional multiple choice is the nature of  the  ”item.”


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Common Core in Action: Writing for an Audience

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What is new and different in the Common Core? When it comes to the writing standards, a heavy emphasis on audience for one thing, and this is very good news.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, September 30, 2013 6:30 PM

This I believe: We are more powerful than we know.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 4, 2013 3:59 PM

Anyone trained in traits understands the profound relationship between 'audience' and voice.  If the common core helps us teach voice... we all win. 

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Must Have List of Common core Checklists for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Must Have List of Common core Checklists for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Exploring Common Core | Scoop.it

"Using these checklists you will be able to address all that you need to teach throughout the entire school year. "


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Applying The 40/40/40 Rule In Your Classroom

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"I first encountered the “40/40/40 rule” my third year of teaching while skimming one of those giant (and indispensable) 400 page Understanding by Design tomes.

 

The question was simple enough. Of all of the academic standards you are tasked with “covering” (more on this in a minute), what’s important that students understand for the next 40 days, what’s important that they understand for the next 40 months, and what’s important that they understand for the next 40 years?"


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This is a good rule of thumb when "backward designing" your common core lessons.

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6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents

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The Common Core Learning Standards describe the importance of teaching students how to comprehend informational text. They are asked to read closely, make inferences, cite evidence, analyze arguments

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Nell Ududec's curator insight, September 17, 2013 4:08 PM

Always looking for good primary sources.

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, September 18, 2013 7:09 PM

Be your social studies teachers' hero.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 19, 2013 1:39 AM

A great resource for Global history and a good archive for primary sources.

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Collaboration & the Common Core: Strategies From the Classroom

Collaboration & the Common Core: Strategies From the Classroom by Teachers http://t.co/RMDIlgvuRI #ccss #mschat #edchat


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What Common Core Standards Mean For Media Specialists

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Sara LaBarbera is teaching 6th graders at Walker Middle School near Tampa how to research poets using an online library.

One student, working on a series of questions about a Lewis Carroll poem, asks LaBarbera for help.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, August 21, 2013 12:24 AM

Common core standards for Library Media Specialists: important role of LMS in education

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Key Terms and how often they occur in Common Core

Key Terms and how often they occur in Common Core | Exploring Common Core | Scoop.it

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This is very interesting that Research is mentioned 87 times in the common core and critical thinking only gets 1!

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 12, 2013 5:40 PM

Common Core can be a positive force for change.  

Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's comment, August 13, 2013 5:13 AM
There are several unsettling things here - would like to see it done again with the national CCSS - now there's a project! What bothers me? Low Creativity in ELA (no wonder so many admins are mandating information reading and writing). What? No Collaboration in math? Take the ELA writing test on the Computer but don't set a standard for its use. And heaven forbid anyone should be asked to Communicate in the process of Learning. There is a concordance app somewhere - think I'll find it.
Crystal Cherise Conley's curator insight, August 13, 2013 11:33 AM

We were just having a discussion today about vocabulary and the verbs necessary to consider when planning for Common Core.  This clearly shows how different Common Core is from state standards.

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Avoiding Common Core's Biggest Legal Liabilities

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From bandwidth issues to playing nice with assistive technologies, there's a lot that can go wrong in the world of high-stakes online testing. Our new legal columnist shares why it's not just states and testing companies with a lot on the line.


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Read-Alouds for the Common Core K-6

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Find a sampler of powerful pairs of books for read-alouds in elementary classrooms implementing the Common Core State Standards.

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A Simple Graphic Organizer to Unpack the ELA Common Core Standards

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Sarah Tantillo shares a simple, user-friendly graphic organizer that can help teachers unpack the ELA Common Core standards and design objectives and activities.

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Weaving Digital Tools into the Common Core - Presentation by Susan Oxnevad

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 10, 2013 6:12 PM

Useful ideas for integrating new digital literacy outcomes into different grades incorporating essential questions and research skills.

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3 Ways to Empower Common Core Writing

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Technology can be a powerful tool to facilitate Common Core writing and research and transform traditional writing assignments.

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PARCC Planning Guides w/Audio Files - A great, thoughtful resource!

PARCC Planning Guides w/Audio Files - A great, thoughtful resource! | Exploring Common Core | Scoop.it

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15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers - Edudemic

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers - Edudemic | Exploring Common Core | Scoop.it
How do you make students better online researchers? By understanding how they can and should use Google, of course!

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Essential questions are explored.

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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, October 2, 2013 7:30 PM

Let's help our students not only do it better, but become the best researchers possible.

Jane Sowter-Maranion's curator insight, October 4, 2013 3:01 PM

Indeed, students do turn to Google first. Teacher Librarians however, need to be directing students to other suitable search engines for their research.

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, October 7, 2013 10:41 AM
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A nice blend of different levels for student engagement.

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10 Hilarious Hoax Sites to Test Website Evaluation

10 Hilarious Hoax Sites to Test Website Evaluation | Exploring Common Core | Scoop.it
In this day and age, where anyone with access to the internet can create a website, it is critical that we as educators teach our students how to evaluate web content. There are some great resource...

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Critical thinking and the common core!

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EduClick_España's comment, January 24, 2013 3:59 AM
Great post about content evaluation! Thanks!
Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, January 24, 2013 4:12 AM
Glad you liked it EduClick - it has great suggestions to share with students!
Connie Wise's curator insight, October 17, 2013 2:10 PM

Website evaluation--important to educate students

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Newsela-A revolution in Common Core literacy tools

Newsela-A revolution in Common Core literacy tools | Exploring Common Core | Scoop.it

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Understanding By Design and Common Core Standards


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Teachers Look to Film to Foster Critical Thinking

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Proponents of teaching film studies in the K-12 classroom say it boosts students’ complex literacy skills and dovetails with the new common standards.

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Interesting article about using films to teach analysys which is a Common Core essential.

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John Rudkin's curator insight, August 15, 2013 10:14 AM

....and the UK has lost Film Education.  Sad.

 

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Maps as a Common Core Reading Tool

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"Did you know know that there are some excellent reading opportunities in Story Maps? This map serves as a table of contents for using Story Maps with Common Core Reading Standards.

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Hunting the Whole Enchilada: 6 Excellent Sites for Free Digital Textbooks -- THE Journal

Hunting the Whole Enchilada: 6 Excellent Sites for Free Digital Textbooks -- THE Journal | Exploring Common Core | Scoop.it
It's time to try out K-12 textbooks that won't gather dust on your classroom shelves. Here are the best sites for digital books that won't cost you a dime.

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