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Fact Check: Clearing Up 7 Common Core Claims

Fact Check: Clearing Up 7 Common Core Claims | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
The new Common Core standards have been met with growing criticism from many state leaders, teachers and parents. The standards were initially adopted by
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Why Do High School Teachers Lecture So Much?

Why Do High School Teachers Lecture So Much? | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it

Why do high school teachers lecture so much?
Almost every high school I go to I see teachers talking and kids listening (or not) more in History than any other course.

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And not just in history, folks.

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Common Core's Effect on Teaching Classic Literature

Common Core's Effect on Teaching Classic Literature | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Common Core Standards have forced educators into a “teach to test,” kind of role and one report shows that Common Core might also be responsible for a shift in the way students learn classic literature.
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No. No. No. Teachers have been "teaching to the test" long before Common Core so don't blame that on Common Core. Is there a Common Core expectation that high school students will read more non-fiction? Yes. THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL DAY. So if English teachers want to teach classic literature, they can because high school students should be reading non-fiction informational texts in other classes. If an administrator is telling an English teacher to teach less fiction, that's a misunderstanding of the Standards. As for student interest in reading, well, that's another challenge and not related to Common Core. That's cultural and nearly every teacher in every content area in every grade struggles to get kids to read.

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5 Principles for a Problem-Solving Classroom - Brilliant or Insane

A problem-solving classroom isn't easy to create. These 5 principles for a problem-solving classroom will help.

Via Darren Burris
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It isn't easy because it requires planning, preparation, and commitment. But the payoff? Wow moments. . .for the kids.

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No Student Is Unreachable

No Student Is Unreachable | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
No Student Is Unreachable
by Jeffrey Benson
As an educational elder with a lot of experience working with challenging students, I am often asked to consult to school teams.
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No child is unreachable. We need to remember to talk about ANYTHING any child can do as much as we talk about what any child cannot or will not do. As we discuss a student with other educators, we will inevitably learn something about a child we did not know or could not see.

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Digital Credibility: 13 Lessons For the Google Generation

Digital Credibility: 13 Lessons For the Google Generation | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it

This post is promoted by Encyclopedia Britannica Noet Edition, who asked us to talk about the credibility of information research in a digital world.

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Digital literacy. Digital citizenship. Digital credibility: Just because it's on the Internet, doesn't mean it's true! ;)

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PARCC Makes Inroads as Proxy for College Readiness

PARCC Makes Inroads as Proxy for College Readiness | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Two Colorado colleges are the first to decide to consider PARCC scores in course-placement decisions.

Via Mel Riddile
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A colleague of mine predicts the ACT as a required standardized test in schools will become obsolete and that PARCC or something akin to it will become the norm. For at least two colleges, which is not a statistically relevant number, that time is now.

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New 'Consumer Reports' for Common Core finds learning materials lacking - Washington Post

New 'Consumer Reports' for Common Core finds learning materials lacking - Washington Post | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Non-profit analyzes first batch of Common Core math textbooks and finds just one series properly aligned.
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STOP. First, Common Core is NOT a curriculum. Second, teachers should NOT be teaching "to the standards." That's where we went wrong with NCLB and every other standards project. Standards are a target for capability, proficiency, even mastery. Third, no materials should "align" to the standards. Good teachers will use whatever materials they have and help students work towards their capabilities of grade-level standards. And maybe even challenge students to work towards proficiency of those standards above their grade levels.

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No Child Left Behind and Testing Help Hold Schools Accountable

No Child Left Behind and Testing Help Hold Schools Accountable | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
The controversial education law known as No Child Left Behind is up for reauthorization, and amid the nuances under debate one question stands out: Will pressures from the left and right force the federal government to abandon its annual, statewide...
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National testing is supposed to be about accountability. I do NOT believe that teachers' performance should be based on student test scores. Thinking about NCLB and accountability led to this blog  post: http://www.irreverent-learning.com/2015/02/accountability-and-leaving-kids-behind.html.

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Could False Beliefs About the Common Core Bolster Support for the Standards?

Could False Beliefs About the Common Core Bolster Support for the Standards? | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
A poll shows that Republicans who hold more false beliefs about the standards are more likely to disapprove of the common core. But what about Democrats?

Via Mel Riddile
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This just shows how messed up the "conversation" about Common Core has become. It doesn't help that Common Core has become so incredibly politicized and that most people sniping at Common Core have never read the standards.

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New SAT, New Problems

New SAT, New Problems | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
The questions, particularly those in the math sections, could put certain students at a disadvantage.

Via Darren Burris
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I've had numerous conversations with math teachers about the abysmal reading comprehension capabilities of their students. They KNOW their kids struggle to know how to read a word problem to discern the required mathematics and most of them are hungry for reading strategies they can use to help their students. That being said, the onus mostly is on administrations to provide the kind of coaching and support teachers want and need; that is, useful PD rather than a pointless parade of useless PD.

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Who was behind the Common Core math standards?

Who was behind the Common Core math standards? | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it

Every Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Jason Zimba begins a math tutoring session for his two young daughters with the same ritual.

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If you read this carefully, you'll learn about Jason Zimba and two of his colleagues who did most of the work writing the Common Core math standards. You'll learn about their love of math and their passion for quality math education. You'll learn a bit about their perspectives on teaching vs assessment vs curriculum.

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5 ways higher ed shuts down Common Core

5 ways higher ed shuts down Common Core | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
According to a new policy brief, Common Core stops at higher education’s gate, offering little to no benefit for a student’s chances to entering college.
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In the days of yore, before Common Core, I heard educators complain that their kids doing PBL, using the 5Es, integrating technology and tech-based strategies, and then finding themselves in lecture-based classrooms so the kids felt like learning in college was a step backwards. And some high school teachers used that as an excuse not to learn new stuff. Years ago a wise administrator told a group of college kids and any professors who were paying attention that college is not a parenthetic. Nor should it be. Which means that college should build on what kids have already learned a provide a challenging but navigable bridge to the students' futures. Some do; many could do better.

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Are American class periods too short for Common Core? - The Hechinger Report

Are American class periods too short for Common Core? - The Hechinger Report | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
As districts across the country implement Common Core, educators – such as these in Elverson, Pennsylvania, Calistoga, California, and Wilmington, Delaware – are calling for a restructuring of the school day so that students spend more time in each class. Instead of the typical class period of about 45 minutes, schools are lengthening classes to …
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We've touted collaborative learning for years. Having more classroom time probably can't hurt, but a more significant step might be administrators making sure their teachers have time "to talk to each other about what changes might need to be made in what is taught and how it is taught." Collaborative teaching anyone?

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What One Administrator Learned from Two Days of Sitting in The Student Seat

What One Administrator Learned from Two Days of Sitting in The Student Seat | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: With the vast array of schools and districts out there, it's impossible for educators to travel from place to place, gathering edtech best practices and tidbits along the way.
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It's obvious that every administrator's experience would be different and potentially dependent on the grade level. The school whose teachers work collaboratively--in the truest sense of collaboration--will be much different from the school in which teachers work in the classroom or grade level silos. Regardless, seeing the school from a student's POV is bound to be informative. Administrators just need to be prepared for what they learn.

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Popular 'Maker Movement' Incompatible With Common Core, Authors Contend

Popular 'Maker Movement' Incompatible With Common Core, Authors Contend | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Maker education is a hot topic at ISTE, where educators and authors Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager discussed their new book "Invent to Learn."
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Bother. So I know these folks have been teaching and training a long time and that they've published a book, but I think they're wrong about Common Core being incompatible with the maker movement. In fact, there are scores and scores of educators who see that Common Core reconnects them with their constructivist roots precisely because the standards articulate learning capabilities and targets with lots of flexibility for how the students might discover and express their learning.

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How Memory, Focus and Good Teaching Can Work Together to Help Kids Learn

How Memory, Focus and Good Teaching Can Work Together to Help Kids Learn | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Everyone has a pet theory on how to improve public education: better professional development for teachers, more money, better curriculum, testing for accountability, teacher incentives, technology, streamlined bureaucracy.
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There is no single theory that will improve a student's experience in the classroom. There are some great insights in this article.

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What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing

What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
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The excerpt below is from the book “Building a Community of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies to Help Students Thrive in School and Beyond,” by Larry Ferlazzo.
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Part of the brouhaha over Common Core has been around fiction vs. non-fiction. I think that misunderstanding is mostly settled, but the fact remains that students are infrequently motivated to read or write. Relevance is only part of the equation. Helping students understand the value of knowing how to read critically and how to think through their fingers (aka writing) may be a larger part of the equation. For all of the work of motivation researchers (and I never knew there was such a thing) and others, I wonder how often we really ask our kids why they don't want to read or write. How often we engage them in a way that allows them to speak honestly and safely. I bet we'd learn a few more things that what these researchers can tell us.

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How the New SAT Is Trying to Redefine College Readiness - US News

How the New SAT Is Trying to Redefine College Readiness - US News | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Here’s what to expect from both the current version and the overhaul – assuming you take the test.
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SAT. ACT. Common Core. Let us not forget there have been standardized tests in our educational worlds for a LONG time but there was an explosion of such tests with NCLB when providers took advantage of the data-driven decision-making movement. More data, better decisions? Mmm, not always. Nevertheless, standardized test providers continue to evolve, continue to find ways to make themselves relevant because, unlike the immortals in The Highlander, apparently there can be more than one.

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As Students Opt Out of Common Core Exams, Some Say Movement Is Not About Testing - US News

As Students Opt Out of Common Core Exams, Some Say Movement Is Not About Testing - US News | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Thousands of students are refusing to take annual Common Core-aligned exams, even when the consequences may be severe.

Via Bob Farrace, Mel Riddile
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Do we have too many standardized tests? I think so. Do too many teachers spend too much time going through motions of test prep rather than actually teaching content and learning skills that would serve students better on standardized tests? Probably. Have we gotten so wrapped up in results that we have overlooked the facts that learning is a process, that students learn at different paces, that learning and gaining knowledge is more than a test score? No doubt. Common Core has become an easy target but it is, perhaps, the proverbial straw.

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Common Core works – when teachers and parents get a say in rewriting it

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This is the second letter in a series between Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York, and Jayne Ellspermann, principal of West Port High School in Ocala, Florida, about how the Common Core standards are...
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

An implementation plan, clarity of purpose, and administrative support. All those things can make a difference in how teachers are able to integrate Common Core in their classrooms. And, just for the record, IB has published some resources to make it easier for teachers (and administrators) to see and understand the correlations between IB and Common Core.

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How Twitter is changing the national Common Core debate - Washington Post (blog)

How Twitter is changing the national Common Core debate - Washington Post (blog) | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Three researchers say this is the first national policy conversation played out in social media.
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There are lessons to be learned here, and not just that Twitter is rapidly becoming the National Enquirer of social media. We've seen too many incidents of false or misleading "reporting" precisely because of the immediacy of Twitter.

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Study Finds MCAS Test Does Not Indicate College, Career Readiness

Study Finds MCAS Test Does Not Indicate College, Career Readiness | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test doesn't indicate college or career readiness. This isn't news. None of these tests indicate readiness. They are literacy tests so the best they can do is indicate students know how to read, have mastered some test-taking strategies (so there's some critical thinking and problem solving skills), and can reasonably manage their time under pressure. Why would we EVER think these tests measure anything else? And why would imagine these tests would measure college or career readiness given that most people can't explain what that even means. Will the PARCC do better? Probably not because I don't think there's any agreement about what it means to be ready for college or ready for the work place. It will, however, better test problem solving, critical thinking, and literacy skills. And maybe that's all we really need to be successful beyond high school.

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Too Much Sitting? Five Movement Strategies That Get Students Thinking

Too Much Sitting? Five Movement Strategies That Get Students Thinking | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it

Each day more research confirms the link between movement and learning.

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It's so easy to include simple strategies that not only allow students to move, but to be more involved in their learning.

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Common Core can help overcome our math phobia: Alice Gill and Linda Gojak (opinion)

Common Core can help overcome our math phobia: Alice Gill and Linda Gojak (opinion) | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
Our society's math phobia is all the more reason to take a closer look at Common Core in Ohio and to preserve it, to help our children learn, write Alice Gill and Linda Gojak.
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I'm inclined to listen to math education experts.

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Just say no to digital hoarding

Just say no to digital hoarding | It's Not About the Standards | Scoop.it
We are gorging ourselves on useless information that clogs our devices.
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Wait. Let me finish downloading this article. . .

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