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"Welcome to a the second of this two part post dedicated toward facilitating the common core by developing professional learning communities for educators and students. In Part One you learned… an introduction to definitions and process for developing your own learning community. In this second post I include five simple steps as you develop your learning community with close to 50 links bringing you hundreds of valuable resources. "
"Professional Learning Communities understand that the “L” in the title refers to both student and adult learning." - Chris Jakicic
Our state has adopted the Common Core State Standards. So we do we do now? We recommend that teams get started on the process now so that they are learning more about what they will need to do as a result. Beginning steps include:
Begin with a review of the structure of the new standards—the idea of College and Career Readiness is an important thread beginning even in kindergarten. Read one standard all the way through from Kindergarten to 12th grade to understand how they build on each other.Become familiar with the Appendices for each set of standards. There are hidden gems in each one: Appendix A in ELA has some important vocabulary and discussion about text complexity and the structure of the standards, Appendix B in ELA provides samples pieces of text and ideas for assessment, Appendix C in ELA provides samples of student writing and scoring ideas which can lead to rubrics, and Appendix A in Math explains how the standards are structured for each grade level and the two different tracks for high school math.Identify the power or essential standards for your course or grade level. If you are an elementary school, choose one area (math or ELA) to begin with. Get good at the process, and the next subject will be much easier. Unwrap these standards into their learning targets. Don’t rush this step: getting clarity about the meaning of these standards will take some time. Talk about what your expectations for proficiency will be and what instructional strategies will be most effective to get students there. Look at the grade level before and after yours to assure your expectations are vertically aligned.Begin writing short common formative assessments for a small number of learning targets (1 to 3 maximum). Become confident writers of constructed response questions. Examine the student responses collaboratively to make sure you are all applying the rubric the same way.
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