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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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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, October 2, 2013 10:30 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 6:01 PM

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

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A nice blend of different levels for student engagement.

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Common Core: Blame the process, not the standards

TheNewsTribune.com Common Core: Blame the process, not the standards TheNewsTribune.com In this October 2013 file photo, Amy Lawson, a fifth-grade teacher at Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Delaware, teaches an English language arts...


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The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies | Exploring Common Core | Scoop.it
How to use open-ended, close-ended, and a double question technique to inspire deeper thinking in your students.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 11, 9:38 PM

Teaching students to ask questions is not an easy task. This is the first in a series of two posts that will explore ways that teachers may ask questions to help their students "learn more from text and from the world around them." He is using the book Goldilocks and the Three Bears to model a number of strategies to use in the classroom

* Tell - Read the story or have them read the story. Ask questions that refer back to the text

* Suggest - Provide "children with choices about what might happen next or possible opinions they might have."

* Ask a closed question - "These questions generally elicit yes or no answers. They can bring students to different temporal areas or elaborations of details, but the extent of this is structured by the question."

* Ask an open ended question - questions that provide lots of options.

* The two-question rule - follow the first question with a second question allowing students to probe more deeply (and sometimes a third question).

Find examples of questions for each area listed above as well as the reasoning behind why the two-question rule is a good one to use.

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The Common Core Prioritizes Skills, Trusts Teachers to Select Content

The Common Core Prioritizes Skills, Trusts Teachers to Select Content | Exploring Common Core | Scoop.it

By Delia DeCourcy, secondary literacy consultant, Oakland Schools This post responds to Robert Shepherd’s claims about the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards in a post on Diane Ravit...This post responds to Robert Shepherd’s claims about the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards in a post on Diane Ravitch’s blog on July 5.  Shepherd is a curriculum designer and textbook developer who contends that “The Common Core will be the final nail in the coffin of coherent curriculum development in the English language arts.”  Though I’ll set aside whether Shepherd is conflating “coherent curriculum development” with textbook development, I can’t let his key argument go without response.

Shepherd claims that the ELA CCSS are problematic because “Content must drive instruction. The CCSS have this exactly backward.”  But I would argue that Shepherd’s stance is backward.  Students acquire knowledge while simultaneously developing core reading and writing skills.  While Mr. Shepherd and I are both curriculum designers, I have never written a textbook.  What strikes me about his approach to curriculum design is that textbooks are content-driven.  But that doesn’t mean excellent English language arts classrooms should be entirely content-driven.  They must balance skill and content, and the Common Core supports such a balance.

The essential problem with Shepherd’s argument is that humanities-based standards that dictate content, in turn, dictate curriculum.  Standards that are skill based allow districts and schools to determine content—what literature focus is best at each grade-level for that district or school’s students.  As a former teacher and curriculum writer of units aligned to the Common Core for the state of Michigan, I believe this skill-based approach to standards is both effective for and empowering of teachers…

If the Common Core Standards did dictate content, then educators, parents, and politicians would be (further) up in arms about them.  Dictating content at a national level seems dangerous.Who would decide which texts from which countries are the most important to read and which get left behind given time limitations?  (Note: the literary movements Shepherd mentioned in his post were all western.)Do we really want all our students reading about the same things and in all the same books?  How would that approach cultivate diversity of thought?

Instead, the Common Core provides an appropriately spiraled set of ELA skills that students master as they encounter teacher-chosen content.  If we dictate the content taught in ELA classrooms, we further de-professionalize the teachers who are already under attack.

While he does not state it outright, I believe part of Shepherd’s objection to the ELA standards is that they reflect a shift away from ELA teachers being teachers of literature and towards them being teachers of literacy.  And I believe this shift is appropriate and necessary.  As a former faculty member at the University of Michigan’s Writing Center, I was often surprised by undergraduates’ inability to deeply engage with a text or write a cohesive argument.  This shift toward literacy doesn’t mean ELA teachers will no longer teach literature; however, it does mean that the pedagogical approach to that teaching will focus more heavily on developing students’ writing and reading skills.

 

 

 

 

The CCSS also demand that teachers support students in writing in multiple modes and text types—something they must be able to do the moment they arrive at college.  English teachers have always shouldered the burden of teaching reading and writing skills in conjunction with teaching literature.  The CCSS makes that work explicit and prioritizes text complexity, research, and increasing students’ intellectual independence, while also laying out literacy expectations for the other content areas.  The English teachers I know are cheering about all these shifts!

And finally, Shepherd repeatedly refers to the Common Core as just a set of “abstract skills.”  I’m perplexed by this phrase.  Critical thinking, a key focus of the Common Core, is certainly abstract, as is teaching students how to revise a draft or develop a research question (both skills required of the Core).  But this is the challenge of teaching—to scaffold abstract ideas and processes so that students can engage with them.  Does Shepherd not trust that our teachers are capable of this work?  I certainly haven’t seen any writing textbooks that do an outstanding job of teaching critical thinking skills because that kind of teaching requires interaction in the form of feedback, discussion, and modeling—a job best left to teachers.

In closing, I’d like to note that while I’m a strong proponent of the Common Core, I’m not a supporter of high-stakes testing.  My work in developing curriculum aligned to the Common Core has made me especially skeptical that standardized tests will be able to fully and accurately assess the kind of thinking that the standards require. Unless the high-stakes paradigm shifts, the promise of the Common Core will not be met

 

 

 


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Read-Alouds for the Common Core K-6

Read-Alouds for the Common Core K-6 | Exploring Common Core | Scoop.it
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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nfhsmc's curator insight, April 23, 11:11 AM

Easily break down the standards 

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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 9:12 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 10:30 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 6:01 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 1:41 PM
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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

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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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Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, January 24, 2013 7:12 AM
Glad you liked it EduClick - it has great suggestions to share with students!
Connie Wise's curator insight, October 17, 2013 5:10 PM

Website evaluation--important to educate students

Fiona McGrath's curator insight, August 20, 6:40 AM

Fun hoax sites can be used as examples of bad online credibility and authenticity.

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Newsela-A revolution in Common Core literacy tools

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Understanding By Design and Common Core Standards


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Teachers Look to Film to Foster Critical Thinking

Teachers Look to Film to Foster Critical Thinking | Exploring Common Core | Scoop.it
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 1:14 PM

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

 

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Teachers union takes on Common Core

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The AFT will also consider a resolution — drafted by its executive council — asserting that the promise of the Common Core has been corrupted by political manipulation, administrative bungling, corporate profiteering and an invalid scoring system designed to ensure huge numbers of kids fail the new math and language arts exams that will be rolled out next spring. An even more pointed resolution flat out opposing the standards will also likely come up for a vote.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/american-federation-of-teachers-common-core-108793.html#ixzz37AZ8g1lY


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Common Core test scores tell less about what children know than about how test makers decide to measure that knowledge

Common Core test scores tell less about what children know than about how test makers decide to measure that knowledge | Exploring Common Core | Scoop.it
Scores on the new Common Core tests—just like those on earlier forms of assessment—reveal less about what children know than about the way test makers decide to measure that knowledge.

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Patrice Bucci's curator insight, July 12, 8:45 AM

"Words we use like "proficient" carry a lot of baggage"-Daniel Koretz

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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 9:24 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 10:16 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

Resources for Writing IEPs Aligned to Common-Core Standards | Exploring Common Core | Scoop.it
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

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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 9:30 PM

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

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 4, 2013 6:59 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

6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents | Exploring Common Core | Scoop.it
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 7:08 PM

Always looking for good primary sources.

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, September 18, 2013 10:09 PM

Be your social studies teachers' hero.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 19, 2013 4:39 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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