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Assessment and Rubrics

Assessment and Rubrics | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it
List of assessment and rubric information
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This resource is FULL of rubrics, common core resources, guides to questioning, etc. Lots of sifting to be done, but some great resources!

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ReadWorks Offers 1,000+ Reading Passages Aligned to Common Core Standards

ReadWorks Offers 1,000+ Reading Passages Aligned to Common Core Standards | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it

"ReadWorks is a free service that has cataloged hundreds of lesson plans and more than one thousand non-fiction reading passages aligned to Common Core standards. With a free ReadWorks account you can search for lessons and reading passages by grade and skill. In your account you can create digital binders of the lesson plans and reading passages that you want to use." 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 22, 2013 10:16 PM

Richard Byrne posted this resource and it is definitely worth checking it out. The site was founded in 2008 to "help teachers meet the nationwide crisis in reading comprehension. The goal is to "help teachers improve their effectiveness through research-based, classroom-proven practices and  curriculum." 

From their website: ReadWorks provides research-based curriculum and guidance directly to teachers and principals, online, for free, to be shared broadly.To go directly to the site: http://www.readworks.org.

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Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking

Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it
Ideally, teaching kids how to think critically becomes an integral part of your approach, no matter what subject you teach. But if you're just getting started, here are some concrete ways you can be

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Close Reading Infographic

Close Reading Infographic | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it

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beth paterno's curator insight, October 24, 2013 8:57 PM

great visual for close reading

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Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch: Addressing the CCSS with the Use of Infographics

Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch: Addressing the CCSS with the Use of Infographics | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it

"Infographics are everywhere! We see them on the Web and in our professional journals.    Students see them on Facebook and on advertiser’s pages. How can the use of infographics be used to address the Common Core State Standards?"


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 10, 2014 7:24 PM

It's all here, folks--examples of how to use infographics, the CCSS they align with, rubrics, sites to easily create them...Kathy's gathered everything you need to know in one very helpful article.  

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, January 11, 2014 10:32 AM

Mary Clark's insight:  It's all here, folks--examples of how to use infographics, the CCSS they align with, rubrics, sites to easily create them...Kathy's gathered everything you need to know in one very helpful article.  

 

Patrice Bucci's curator insight, January 14, 2014 11:06 AM

"infographic literacy rubric".....hmmmm.....

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Teaching the Core--Teaching Character

Teaching the Core--Teaching Character | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it
How do we equip students with the increased rigor of the Common Core? The answer, according to Paul Tough and KIPP, could be quite simple.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, October 10, 2013 9:09 PM

I just flat out love this so much it makes me almost want to have a classroom so I could try it out!  I do speak to students a lot about this, but I'd love to see how a sustained conversation about grit would impact students.

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Literacy Design Collaborative | Template Tasks

Literacy Design Collaborative | Template Tasks | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it

"LDC “template tasks” provide fill-in-the-blank shells that teachers use to create powerful assignments. For example, Template Task 2 calls for student analysis that builds an argument:

 

[Insert question] After reading _____ (literature or informational texts), write _________ (essay or substitute) that addresses the question and support your position with evidence from the text(s). L2 Be sure to acknowledge competing views."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, September 13, 2013 3:57 PM

If you have teachers who would be more comfortable with templates, share this link. The Template Task Collection 2 has been revised in July 2013. Easier to read fill-in-the-blank shells, if that's what you're after:)

Roz Linder's comment, September 14, 2013 7:34 AM
I think this is a great transition piece to get teachers comfortable with crafting assignments.
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Close reading leads to close writing: "Falling in Love With Close Reading" in writing workshop

Close reading leads to close writing:  "Falling in Love With Close Reading" in writing workshop | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it

 I have truly fallen in love with Falling in Love With Close Reading, the just-released book by Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts. "   


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, November 20, 2013 5:13 PM

A great example of how close reading can improve writing--when modelled.

SaraKLMS's comment, December 15, 2013 7:47 PM
ooh. I'm SO ordering this.
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A Must See Visual Featuring The 5 Levels of Student Engagement ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Must See Visual Featuring The 5 Levels of Student Engagement ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it

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Lara Strickland's curator insight, November 30, 2013 12:45 PM

Couldn't be more true!

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Top Learning Effects #4: Formative Assessment | drawn bellows

Top Learning Effects #4: Formative Assessment | drawn bellows | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it
What is formative assessment? It's quick, it's dirty, and it's a Top 5 Influence on Achievement. We continue with our Top Learning Effects Countdown with John Hattie's #4: formative assessment. Teach Like a Video Game ...
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Newsela - Build Reading Comprehension with News

Newsela - Build Reading Comprehension with News | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it

Read closely. Think critically. Be worldly.


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 18, 2013 8:06 PM

Newsela is a free website that provides news for students. It is geared to students in grades 4 - 12 and will help students build close reading and critical thinking skills in non-fiction reading comprehension. 
Articles are written at multiple levels of compexity. It appears that the levels begin around 690 and go up to just over 1200.

Each article has a quiz (aligned to Common Core) allowing you to quickly see if your students are on track.

And last there are great teacher tools. You may assign articles, review student quizzes and track Common Core mastery.

Jackie Keith's curator insight, June 19, 2013 8:31 AM

Students can use it without registering by clicking "No Thanks" and can select different Lexile versions of the same article. 

John Scott Lucas's comment, June 20, 2013 5:26 AM
Looking forward to fall to experiment with this!
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Khan Academy

Khan Academy | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it
Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more. Khan Academy is a nonprofit with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

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Top YouTube Channels for Science and Math Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Top YouTube Channels for Science and Math Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it

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Robin Yu's curator insight, January 15, 2014 1:28 PM

A long list for science and maths teachers (and students) to peruse.

Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, January 16, 2014 4:38 AM

Great collections of available videos on this areas.

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Helping Students Read Closely: When to Notice & Note

Helping Students Read Closely: When to Notice & Note | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it
Close reading is one of the buzz words that is being emphasized with the Common Core Learning Standards. By close reading I am interpreting as the reading, rereading, and analysis of text for the p...

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, January 6, 2014 6:56 PM

I am a longtime fan of Kylene Beers and Bob Probst. This blog gives a quick rundown of the basic tenets of their highly popular book, Notice and Note and shares an instructional activity. You'll want to go out and buy the book!

Dr. Angela C Gordon's curator insight, January 24, 2014 2:40 PM

Close reading using Six Signposts! Great strategy!!

Linda Burke Dooling's curator insight, January 26, 2014 4:27 PM

Students need to develop the skills to notice/note what is important -- in literature and in non-fiction -- by themselves. This is a tool that can help learn how to do this and also to practice doing it.

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How To Add Rigor To Anything

How To Add Rigor To Anything | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it
How To Add Rigor To Any Lesson, Unit, Or Assessment Rigor is a fundamental piece of any learning experience. It is also among the most troublesome due to its relativity. Rigorous for whom? And more importantly,...

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, September 29, 2013 10:50 PM

I love and fervently hope number 6 becomes more common!

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, September 29, 2013 10:51 PM

I love and fervently hope for lots of # 6!

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Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events

Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it
Unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core–aligned quizzes, with new articles every day.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, August 1, 2013 2:25 PM

Excellent resource for articles for your classroom!  Students can adjust their reading level by lexile, which allows you to assign one article, differentiate instruction, and not stigmatize a student with a lower reading level! You can create a class binder, give students an access code, and track the quizzes they take.  Or assign a certain number of articles and let students choose their own articles on topics that interest them.  I think this is the best resource for informational text I've seen in 2013!

Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, October 21, 2013 3:22 PM

AMAZING website-You have to check this one out!  Something for everyone here: Science, current events on all kinds of topics, social studies, culture and more!  What's more to love: you can adjust the lexile (reading level) , some come with worksheets or assessments, and you can save these in your teacher binder. With this FREE account you can email these articles out to students to read as homework and have them come to class ready to discuss.

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Three Useful Common Core “Cheat Sheets”

Three Useful Common Core “Cheat Sheets” | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it

Larry Ferlazzo has gathered some visuals to help you understand the Common Core.


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Powerful visual explains what students, teachers and families need to know about the Common Core.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, November 3, 2013 1:23 PM

I especially like the infographics for students and teachers displaying ways they can prepare now for the Common Core.

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Create Engaging Presentations with Moovly

Create Engaging Presentations with Moovly | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it
Moovly is a free online tool that lets you create interesting presentations and animations in the style of CommonCraft or Videoscribe.

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What a great way to create enagaging videos and presentations! Easy to use and great for classroom or training purposes!

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5 questions every teacher should ask in class - Learn Egg

5 questions every teacher should ask in class - Learn Egg | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it
Here’s a great way to spark some discussion, increase engagement, and get your students learning. These five questions are simple and straightforward

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Projects to Engage Middle School Readers | Edutopia

Projects to Engage Middle School Readers | Edutopia | Instructional Tools and Strategies | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Beth Holland turns to apps that can engage middle school readers in a deeper understanding of narrative elements, character study and author intent.
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