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Common Core: Mend It; Don't End It

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Prior to leading the National Education Association and the N.C. Association of Educators, John Wilson taught special education for 23 years. He is a past chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the Learning First Alliance, and the N.C.
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Writing in high school: Creating Audience

Writing in high school: Creating Audience | Implementation of the Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
While providing students with an authentic audience for all of their writing is something with which I still struggle, I have been broadening my approaches to allowing students to share work with o...

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Classroom Portfolios Used as Alternative Teacher-Evaluation Measure

Classroom Portfolios Used as Alternative Teacher-Evaluation Measure | Implementation of the Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
Tennessee is allowing arts teachers to submit their students' work as one yardstick of how well they contribute to the children's achievement.
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32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms

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32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms
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15 WRONG Ways to Implement the Common Core Standards.

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Yep.  She nailed it.  

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Great Teachers Don't Teach

Great Teachers Don't Teach | Implementation of the Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
In a conversation on LinkedIn, one person asked, "What are the characteristics of an effective teacher?" I read quite a few excellent remarks that describe what such a teacher does to be effective.
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Writing: Scaffolding and Gathering Evidence

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As an English teacher I have said, "Include evidence in your essay." more often than the Math teacher down the hall has said, "Show your work."


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Learning Is A Consequence of Thinking

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Quote of the day: "Great teachers take responsibility for their own learning and do not wait for their district to tell them when and what to learn."  SPOT ON.  There is no room for passivity in the profession of education, and certainly no time to play the victim.  

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The 'Monster' at the End of the Common Core

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Laura Thomas argues that progressive educators have become so accustomed to the burden of instructional mandates that they may be missing opportunities presented by the common standards.
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PBL Course Development: Collaboration Among Colleagues

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At Sammamish High School, we're developing and implementing a comprehensive problem-based learning program for all of our students. Working closely with my peers during this process has become one of
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Learning to collaborate isn't just for students.  

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Teachers: Will We Ever Learn?

Teachers: Will We Ever Learn? | Implementation of the Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
Thirty years later, we’re still “a nation at risk.”
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Remodeling Literacy: NCLE Report

Remodeling Literacy: NCLE Report | Implementation of the Common Core Standards | Scoop.it

Key findings from the NCLE survey, explored in more detail in the body of the report, yield the following conclusions about how US educators are currently working together to meet rising literacy expectations and how best to support them going forward.

Literacy is not just the English teacher's job anymore.Working together is working smarter.But schools aren't structured to facilitate educators working together.Many of the building blocks for remodeling literacy learning are in place.Effective collaboration needs systemic support.
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Mel Riddile's curator insight, April 5, 2013 10:45 AM

Teacher collaboration requires time, effort, and the commitment of a strong, resolute school leader. The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the Breaking Ranks Framework have consistently promoted the need to foster a collaborative culture of accountability based on mutual trust and shared responsibility. NASSP has joined 29 other leading organizations for educators in serving as a stakeholder in the newly formed National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE). 

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In Common Core, Teachers See Interdisciplinary Opportunities

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Educators around the country are exploring innovative ways to teach the new common-core literacy standards, and some are calling attention to an approach they say is working well: cross-subject thematic units.
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Time to break out of the rut!

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Getting Ready to Write: Citing Textual Evidence

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Teaching students to use textual evidence is a key component of the Common Core. Learn how to teach students to cite textual evidence, engage in collaborative discussions and draw evidence from literary text in preparation for writing.


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This link will take you to a 6 minute video that discusses the Common Core focus of citing textual evidence.  It shows excerpts of an actual lesson and offers teacher insight into its use.

David Kevin Myers's curator insight, March 10, 2013 9:48 AM

This link will take you to a 6 minute video that discusses the Common Core focus of citing textual evidence.  It shows excerpts of an actual lesson and offers teacher insight into its use.

David Kevin Myers's curator insight, March 10, 2013 9:48 AM

This link will take you to a 6 minute video that discusses the Common Core focus of citing textual evidence.  It shows excerpts of an actual lesson and offers teacher insight into its use.

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In Search Of The Benefit Of Homework -

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In Search Of The Benefit Of Homework or There Is No Homework In Finland! by Dawn Casey-Rowe, Social Studies Teacher and Learnist Evangelist The debate about homework is growing heated in education circles.
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Interesting.  I have thought about these very questions.  A great place to start a discussion! 

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Troy Hicks: A Conversation About Digital Writing

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"There is not a writer in our classrooms today who will not be producing something with a digital writing tool in her or his lifetime." -- Troy Hicks

Troy Hicks frequently uses the words "intentiona
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The Differences Between Projects And Project-Based Learning

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  via Edudemic There’s a big difference between using projects in the classroom versus project-based learning in the classroom. What are those differences, you ask? Lucky for you, friEdTechnol...
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Just in case you hear "but I already do that.."  

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What Does It Mean to be the Lead Learner?

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Image from Thornhill Primary School   When people hear the word "Principal" I am sure that most picture someone sitting in the principal's office, waiting for students that have been kicked out of ...
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Good advice.  Teachers appreciate principals who learn along with them.  

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9 Ways to Give (More Effective) Writing Feedback

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Find education news, teaching strategies, lesson plans, activity ideas and more on the WeAreTeachers blog. Featuring posts by guest bloggers and teachers as well as WeAreTeachers editors.
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For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer | MindShift

For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer | MindShift | Implementation of the Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
Thinkstock In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the center of attention, the owner of knowledge and information. Teachers often ask questions o
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Teaching Students to Dig Deeper

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A backwoodsman went to a home improvement store and purchased a chainsaw to replace an old, worn-out saw. After a month, the backwoodsman returned the saw to the store, complaining, "It doesn'

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'MOOC' Provider Coursera Jumps Into K-12 and Teacher Education

'MOOC' Provider Coursera Jumps Into K-12 and Teacher Education | Implementation of the Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
Coursera, a major name in providing "massively open online courses," takes a step into K-12 schools by arranging to provide teacher training.
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Testing, the Common Core and Consumer Resistance

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Marc Tucker examines the meaning behind consumer resistance to mandated school testing.
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Terrible Times Lie Ahead for Bad Teachers

Terrible Times Lie Ahead for Bad Teachers | Implementation of the Common Core Standards | Scoop.it

by Felix Jacomino

 

As I prepare a presentation on 21st Century Skills, I find myself dealing with having to first be clear on what they are NOT. Only because for many, the term "21st Century" is synonymous with technology. In this post, I won't get into the details of why it's not.

 

What I would like to share is my realization that terrible times lie ahead for bad teachers. Conversely, there has never been a more exiting time for a good educator than today and the near future!

 

In order to make a statement like that, I owe it to my readers to give my definition of each type of teacher.

 

Bad teachers:

Do not want to learn new things.

Have "the book" lead instruction and feel the need to always stick to it.

Are comfortable doing the same lessons (the same way) year after year.

Never step out of their comfort zone. Live in their own bubble and do not see the need to live outside of it.

Only teach facts and assess the ability to memorize those facts ("Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer, deserves to be." -David Thornburg). 

Design tests to be easily gradeable.

Think that all progress in education are "fads."

Do not learn new things... oops, I already wrote that! It bears repeating because SOOOO much can be learned from other colleagues!

 

Good teachers:

Care whether their students find the learning relative.

Are ALWAYS looking for new ways to engage their students.

Embrace quality professional development as often as they can.

Learn from and share with other educators.

Have gotten this far into this post and are nodding their heads ;-)

 

My hopes are that we QUICKLY get to the point where teachers who do not inspire and engage will be seen as employees who are simply not doing their jobs and be let go. Or, they may move to schools that don't "get it" (yet) and find a safe haven there for now. Either way, it's time for ALL teachers to pick a side. And yes, there's plenty of room on the "good side" for bad teachers to make the change. Here's hoping!


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Abandon hope all ye who will not adapt and grow! 

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Casey Anley's curator insight, July 6, 2013 10:32 AM

Interesting good vs. bad

John Rudkin's curator insight, February 8, 12:07 AM

Interesting take, and of course true, i.e. "technology" is not 21st Century.  It is almost a constant - technology facilitates (or can, used correctly) good teaching, and offers opportunities to add variety, flexibility and relevance.  Used badly it can be irrelevant.

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Diferencias entre Buenos y Malos Profesores

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4 Essential Rules Of 21st Century Learning

by Jennifer Rita Nichols, TeachThought Intern 4 Essential Rules Of 21st Century Learning The term “21st century” has become an integral part of educational thinking…
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Common Core: Mend It; Don't End It

Common Core: Mend It; Don't End It | Implementation of the Common Core Standards | Scoop.it
Prior to leading the National Education Association and the N.C. Association of Educators, John Wilson taught special education for 23 years. He is a past chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the Learning First Alliance, and the N.C.
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