You might know that I am a big proponent of PBL. I believe that as we work on helping students understand the content standards, PBL provides teachers with the how. I do hope you enjoy this content driven article. Also, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join…
Guided reading has become increasingly popular, and for good reason; it works. The opportunity to work with children in small groups, instruct in a way that’s laser focused on students’ level of development, and directly address individual challenges allows educators to go beyond one-size-fits-all t
Teacher question: Our school district is going wild over Lexiles because they are in the Common Core standards. I think they are overdoing it and don’t feel comfortable with some of the decisions that we are making. What are the weaknesses of Lexiles? First, Lexiles is only one of several readability measures included in the CCSS. They started with that one, but as studies were completed they added ATOS, SourceRater, and several others.
What really is complex text and how will it help prepare my students for college and career? How will understanding text complexity help me select rich, worthy texts for instruction in my own classroom? These have been our guiding questions in developing this text complexity resource for teachers.
Helping students make sense of big questions like westward expansion and Manifest Destiny by gathering evidence from texts, weighing it, evaluating and making evidence-based arguments is one of the big shifts in the Common Core. It’s one that gives all students powerful access to literacy and can make all teachers literacy leaders.
With random talk partners as the classroom set-up, students are already involved in mixed-ability learning, which is important because we need to take account of the substantial research which shows that grouping students by ability makes them less successful.
Les Howard's insight:
Part 2 of 2 posts by Shirley Clarke, well worth reading.
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