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Honest article on challenges, myths, and state of implementation

Honest article on challenges, myths, and state of implementation | Great Books | Scoop.it

Kansas City StarNew standards call for more 'informational' texts, to the chagrin of ...Kansas City StarShe understands the rationale behind the creation of the Common Core State Standards, adopted by 45 states, including Missouri and Kansas.


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Close Reading + Argumentative Writing Surrounding a Wordless Graphic Novel

Close Reading + Argumentative Writing Surrounding a Wordless Graphic Novel | Great Books | Scoop.it
As a continuation of our practice of close reading and argumentative writing, my students began their first U.S. History unit trying to answer the question “Is the U.S. still a Land of Opport...

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The Case for Delaying Implementation of the Common Core Standards

The Case for Delaying Implementation of the Common Core Standards | Great Books | Scoop.it

"Even supporters of Common Core State Standards are arguing for delaying implementation, while increasing the capacity for collaboration during the transition process. In this segment, we examine the case for postponing implementation and discuss how a reasonable timetable might be determined."

 

#CommonCore Radio


Via Mel Riddile
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"Now, Fariña has the power to reimagine the way educators across the city teach reading and writing in the age of the Common Core. Already, the chancellor has promised a top-to-bottom review of the city’s recommended curriculums. And to lead a citywide Common Core literacy training next month, her administration brought in Calkins’ group."

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The Great Books Foundation Blog: Selecting and Using Complex Texts in Great Books K–12 Programs

The Great Books Foundation Blog: Selecting and Using Complex Texts in Great Books K–12 Programs | Great Books | Scoop.it
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Even though there is an abundance of great literature, it's a daunting task to find appropriate discussable texts. 

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Common Core Implementation Panel Releases Preliminary Recommendations

Common Core Implementation Panel Releases Preliminary Recommendations | Great Books | Scoop.it

Common Core Implementation Panel releases preliminary recommendations: http://t.co/q9rnUI4KmW


Via Darren Burris
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From the letter:

Ensure that teachers receive the training and support they need and deserve: To better engage teachers in the Common Core process, the Panel recommends providing high-quality local professional development opportunities for teachers. Schools that are successfully implementing the Common Core in each region should be identified and recruited to serve as models where other local teachers and principals can be invited to see instructional changes in action.
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Integrating #CommonCore ELA Strategies into the Social Studies Classroom

Integrating #CommonCore ELA Strategies into the Social Studies Classroom | Great Books | Scoop.it

Shift 1: Balancing Informational Text and Literature

Shift 2: Building Knowledge in the Disciplines

Shift 3: Staircase of Complexity

Shift 4: Text Based Answers

Shift 5: Writing from Sources

Shift 6: Academic Vocabulary

These shifts have direct implications for the social studies classroom. The increased focus on both informational text and close reading provides social studies teachers with unique opportunities to support student learning. 


Via Mel Riddile
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It's important that the entire school set goals, help teachers implement strategies that meet the standards, and also meet the students where they are so they can be pushed further. 

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, March 4, 9:08 PM

Not the most recent post on Common Core Implementation, but truly practical and necessary! Sometimes in our quest for new, we overlook good.

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Don't Forget to Play!

Don't Forget to Play! | Great Books | Scoop.it
Play has earned some inaccurate baggage of connotations over the years. When we talk about playing in education or play time, many would push back that it is not appropriate to play in classroom, or
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Play and the sense of playing is beneficial to all learners because it puts failure in perspective. 

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Transition to Assessments Based on Common Core State Standards in California

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson talks about California's transition to assessments based on the Common Core State Standards, uploade...


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I think the transition will be bumpy, but CCSS will move forward in all states, even the ones that didn't sign-on. Let's see where we are in 5-10 years. 

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5 skills students need to succeed on common core tests

5 skills students need to succeed on common core tests | Great Books | Scoop.it
develop reading stamina.transfer close reading skills from paper to the computer screen.answer text dependent questions.identify textual evidence to support answers.practice navigating the tools embedded into the computerized exam.
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Teachers need help finding appropriate materials for their students, who need to be steeped in a culture of reading across disciplines. 

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Susan Gum's curator insight, February 5, 7:56 AM

Very simply put!

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We Are Teachers

We Are Teachers | Great Books | Scoop.it
11 tips for teaching close reading in the classroom
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Wonder what close reading is or why we should care? These 11 tips should help. 

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What works in education - John Hattie's list of the greatest effects and why it matters

What works in education - John Hattie's list of the greatest effects and why it matters | Great Books | Scoop.it

by Grant Wiggins

 

"I have been a fan of John Hattie’s work ever since I encountered Visible Learning. Hattie has done the most exhaustive meta-analysis in education. Thanks to him, we can gauge not only the relative effectiveness of almost every educational intervention under the sun but we can compare these interventions on an absolute scale of effect size.


"Perhaps most importantly, Hattie was able to identify a ‘hinge point’ (as he calls it) from exhaustively comparing everything: the effect size of .40. Anything above such an effect size has more of an impact than just a typical year of academic experience and student growth. And an effect size of 1.0 or better is equivalent to advancing the student’s achievement level by approximately a full grade."


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The list of effective practices should give teachers permission to try new practices that are further up the list and join a reading group to discuss Hattie's new book. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 24, 12:22 AM

Technology does not appear on the list. It does not mean it is not important, but it the way it is used that makes it important or not.

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Exploring History: 10 Student- Designed DBQs

Exploring History: 10 Student- Designed DBQs | Great Books | Scoop.it

Designed by my University of Portland pre-service social studies methods class. A great model for student publication


Via Peter Pappas
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Engage your students with an authentic writing project. 

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Peter Pappas's curator insight, December 20, 2013 10:27 AM

I supplied the iBA template and my students turned their research projects into iBooks chapters. We put them all together and we published on iTunes. 98 pages filled with widgets and multimedia. Includes student reflections.

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In Strong Common-Core Endorsement, NEA and Firm Unveil Curricula by 'Master Teachers'

In Strong Common-Core Endorsement, NEA and Firm Unveil Curricula by 'Master Teachers' | Great Books | Scoop.it
The NEA teams up with a for-profit to provide fully detailed common-core lessons and units from specially selected "master teachers."

Via Mel Riddile
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Both NEA and AFT have partnered with for-profit companies to distribute free materials for teachers or their students. 

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Awesome Visual on The Importance of Reading Aloud to Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Awesome Visual on The Importance of Reading Aloud to Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Great Books | Scoop.it

"Below is a graphic I come across while wading through my feeds today. The visual emphasizes the importance of read-alouds  in early literacy learning. It also features a set of interesting facts on how reading aloud helps in kids' literacy development. Reading aloud to kids is not only beneficial to young learners linguistic abilities but is also connected to their social and cognitive development. And the most important of them all is that only 15 minutes of read-aloud is enough to make a difference"


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In fact, reading aloud is useful at all levels and ages. Prereaders learn the basic forms of books and reading from them, struggling readers get the gist of a text, readers learn fluency and use limited cognitive resources for comprehension and analysis. 

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johanna krijnsen's curator insight, December 14, 2013 11:25 AM

it may also be more than 15 minutes ...

Jan Watts's curator insight, February 8, 2:00 AM

This  graphic has a place in every library and classroom, but also in every home (just so we don't lose sight of the huge importance of reading aloud).

Ninna Ricci Capistrano's curator insight, September 11, 6:40 AM

This also gives parents and the kids quality time

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Professional Development: Close Reading

Professional Development: Close Reading | Great Books | Scoop.it
Are you looking for ways to improve your students’ comprehension, critical thinking, and reasoning skills all while meeting the Common Core State Standards?  If so, you will not want to miss ...

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Eric Beaton admits that she has improved her teaching of close reading over time. This is what great teachers do, improve. 

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Students react to new Common Core test

Students react to new Common Core test | Great Books | Scoop.it

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“With this test, you had to make your point and explain your answer,” said Desiree Jones. “In the future, you may have to do the same thing – back up your claim –where you work. You can’t just say, ‘That’s good.’ You’ll need to say what you think and why.”

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"Non-Negotiable" Criteria for Alignment to #CommonCore

"Non-Negotiable" Criteria for Alignment to #CommonCore | Great Books | Scoop.it

The rubric for grades 3–12 includes four “non-negotiable” criteria—all of which had to be met to earn a Tier 1 or Tier 2 rating:

Text complexity: Materials had to fall within grade-level complexity bands, and texts needed to increase in complexity across grade bands.Text quality: The rubric requires that “Texts are of sufficient scope and quality to provide text-centered and integrated learning that is sequenced and scaffolded to advance students toward independent reading of grade level texts and build content knowledge (ELA, social studies, science and technical subjects, and the arts). The quality of texts is high—they support multiple readings for various purposes and exhibit exceptional craft and thought and/or provide useful information.”Foundational reading skills: “Materials provide instruction and diagnostic support in concepts of print, phonics, vocabulary, development, syntax, and fluency in a logical and transparent progression.”Text-dependent questions: “Text-dependent questions and tasks reflect the requirements of Reading Standard 1 by requiring use of textual evidence in support of meeting other grade-specific standards.”

These are important indicators of alignment and do clearly reflect the requirements of the Common Core literacy standards.


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How do teachers ensure that texts continually rise in complexity? What is your strategy to reuse texts for various purposes (e.g., foundational skills, stretch texts)? How do you keep assignments broad enough to engage a range of reading ability? 

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, March 25, 3:02 PM

Important Common Core information for school librarians to make that connection with their print and online resources.  How to support Common core with the school library collection?!

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The Story Behind the SAT Overhaul ~ NY Times

The Story Behind the SAT Overhaul ~ NY Times | Great Books | Scoop.it

by Todd Balf

 

"How the College Board revolutionized the most controversial exam in America."


Via Jim Lerman
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The new SAT will be aligned with better teaching and learning principles. It appears to be a step forward. 

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Using Historical Documents to Spark Student Voice

Using Historical Documents to Spark Student Voice | Great Books | Scoop.it
Language arts teacher Jessica Keigan describes a project she used to help build her students' critical-thinking and communication skills—as well as their stake in their education system.
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Junior Great Books uses historical documents for many purposes and find them a great source of critical thinking. 

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Déjà vu: Too Late to Learn from China

Déjà vu: Too Late to Learn from China | Great Books | Scoop.it
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'The power of Chinese education lies in cultivating just the opposite type of talents, no matter what PISA claims to have measured. Unless we want obedient, compliant, and homogenous workers, the world has to invent new models of education to deliberately cultivate innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs needed in the future instead of looking for answers from China." [Yong Zhao]

 
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Actually Achieving Close Reading With Digital Tools

Actually Achieving Close Reading With Digital Tools | Great Books | Scoop.it

"The main point that I would add here — in a conversation about the common core, close reading, and the integration of technology — is that we, as teachers, can help our students cultivate active reading habits if we teach them how to use these tools efficiently."



Via Mary Clark
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Teachers are also available on their smartphones and could join groups of like-mided teachers to read for pleasure or professional learning. 

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Mary Clark's curator insight, February 2, 1:00 PM

Some concrete ideas to engage students in close reading, and yet another way to show students that their cell phones are more than just text messaging, fun photo taking devices!

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1849: Reading novels ruins lives - and kills

1849: Reading novels ruins lives - and kills | Great Books | Scoop.it
In 1849 a guide for young ladies warned against reading novels, which makes you "weak-headed, nervous and good for nothing" - and has even proved fatal.

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One can't believe everything on reads. 

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, January 30, 11:06 PM

Did you know reading novels could be so dangerous?

Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's curator insight, January 31, 7:46 AM

Is it much wonder that people don't realize what they are capable of with this type of brainwashing?

Shiva Prakash's curator insight, February 3, 11:23 PM

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Skills Practice | Using Storyboards to Inspire Close Reading - NYTimes.com

Skills Practice | Using Storyboards to Inspire Close Reading - NYTimes.com | Great Books | Scoop.it

Via Mary Clark
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Tap into more skills that students already have through collaboration and mixed media. 

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Mary Clark's curator insight, January 27, 1:05 PM

Great strategy to use with ELL students, too!  

Mary Clark's curator insight, January 27, 3:29 PM

This is also a great strategy to use with ELL students.

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Common Core in Action: Why Collaboration and Communication Matter

Common Core in Action: Why Collaboration and Communication Matter | Great Books | Scoop.it

"Teaching is two-parts planning, one-part reflection, and extra heavy on the experimentation."


Via Mary Clark
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A collection of exercises to help students (and teacher) get ready for speaking and listening standards. 

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Mary Clark's curator insight, January 23, 4:06 PM

Strategies for mixing up groups of students, listening, and practicing persuasion.  

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The problem with thinking ‘content is king’ in education

The problem with thinking ‘content is king’ in education | Great Books | Scoop.it

Content is important, but it isn’t everything, as Stanford University’s Larry Cuban makes clear in the following post.


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Is it peagogy vs. content? Larry Cuban says "no." 

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10 Ways to Enrich Your Classroom with Primary Sources – Part 1 | Teaching with the Library of Congress

10 Ways to Enrich Your Classroom with Primary Sources – Part 1 | Teaching with the Library of Congress | Great Books | Scoop.it
As your students look around their classroom environment, does a visually stimulating array of primary sources surround them? As a teacher, you can saturate your classroom with primary sources to promote critical thinking and inquiry.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, December 3, 2013 11:18 AM

All of these tie into the ELA/Social Studies standards for using primary sources, integrating visual information, etc.  Great ideas that would be easy to implement!