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Listen to teachers on #commoncore

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Editorial: Listen to teachers Gainesville Sun It's refreshing to hear from educators actually teaching the Common Core State Standards, rather than opponents spreading conspiracy theories about them.


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A Good Visual On Bloom's Taxonomy Vs Depth of K...

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A Good Visual On Bloom's Taxonomy Vs Depth of Knowledge ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Pedagogy curated by Paige Brooks-Jeffiers
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Six Lessons from Pearson's Assessment Renaissance // Curmudgucation

Six Lessons from Pearson's Assessment Renaissance // Curmudgucation | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

By Peter Greene
"I have plowed through Pearson's massive "Preparing for a Renaissance in Assessment" because these are the people that the reformsters listen to. The paper itself is an 88-page monster; if you would like me to walk you through it, you can start with this post (http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2014/12/pearsons-renaissance-1-history-and.html).

But for this post, let me just try to distill some of the big takeaways from Peter Hill and Michael Barber's essay. Here are some important things to know about what Pearson's brave new future education world would look like.

Welcome to the matrix: Students will be plugged in:
Pearson does not aspire to simply administer a high stakes test or two a couple of times a year. Think of every sort of assessment you do, from unit tests to small check quizzes to daily exercises for understanding. Pearson wants all of that. All. Of. That. Every single bit of assessment will generate data which will go straight into the Big Data Bank so that a complete picture of the individual student can be created and stored. I once noted that the Common Core standards make more sense if viewed as data tags. I wrote that last March, but it still looks correct to me.

The point of having everything done via internet-linked device is not just to deliver instruction and assessment to the student-- it's to be able to collect every bit of data that the student generates.

Through the use of rubrics, which will define performance in terms of a hierarchically ordered set of levels representing increasing quality of responses to specific tasks, and a common set of curriculum identifiers, it will be possible to not only provide immediate feedback to guide learning and teaching but also to build a digital record of achievement that can be interrogated for patterns and used to  generate individualised and pictorial achievement maps or profiles 

And Pearson is completely comfortable with assessment and instruction centered on character traits, developing grit and tenacity and prudence and the ability to work well with others. So their system will hoover all that info up as well. By the time your child is eighteen, there will be a complete profile, covering every aspect of her intellectual and personal development. I wonder if Pearson would be able to make any money selling that database to potential employers or to government agencies."... 

 

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http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2014/12/lessons-from-pearsons-assessment.html


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What Teachers Need to Know about Critical Thinking Vs Creative Thinking ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

What Teachers Need to Know about Critical Thinking Vs Creative Thinking ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
What teachers need to know about Critical Thinking vs Creative Thinking. http://t.co/fp0uI8l5rC #Edchat #Creativity #Learning #Pedagogy
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Common Core Aligned Higher Level Thinking Reading Comprehension Task Cards

Common Core Aligned Higher Level Thinking Reading Comprehension Task Cards | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Common Core Aligned Higher Level Thinking Reading Comprehension Task Cards for student use. Bundle contains 44 cards in all with thought-provoking questions to
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Inside Common Core: A reporter goes back to third grade

Inside Common Core: A reporter goes back to third grade | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Reporter Michelle Rotuno-Johnson went back to third grade this week to research Common Core.
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Learning to Read Digital Text | The Thinking Stick

Learning to Read Digital Text | The Thinking Stick | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, December 4, 2:25 AM

“Wolf is optimistic that we can learn to navigate online reading just as deeply as we once did print—if we go about it with the necessary thoughtfulness. In a new study, the introduction of an interactive annotation component helped improve comprehension and reading strategy use in a group of fifth graders. It turns out that they could read deeply. They just had to be taught how.” ~ Mindshift

Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 15, 12:29 PM

Yes, reading a digital text is different from a printed text. Not just in terms of processing the text--scrolling versus reading the page and turning the page--but how we learn to annotate, etc. And reading a digital text might mean that students skim more which might mean they process less which will mean they comprehend less.

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Teaching Literary Analysis

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Guide students through the five steps of understanding and writing literary analysis: choosing and focusing a topic, gathering, presenting and analyzing textual evidence, and concluding.
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Common Core State Standards & Some Thoughtful Practices #podcast

Common Core State Standards & Some Thoughtful Practices #podcast | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
After-school enrichment programs are beginning to support this national effort with diverse offerings for young people and their parents.

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Catching Character: What We’re Leaving Out of Common Core Implementation

Catching Character: What We’re Leaving Out of Common Core Implementation | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Common Core implementation brings more rigorous standards, new assessments, increased online technical demands and significant shifts in curriculum and instruction.

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Exxon CEO defends Common Core education standards that Perry and Cruz have opposed | Dallas Morning News

Exxon CEO defends Common Core education standards that Perry and Cruz have opposed | Dallas Morning News | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Exxon CEO defends Common Core education standards that Perry and Cruz have opposed | Dallas Morning News - CommonCores | LinkPlug
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Ann Arbor schools prepared for new state assessment, superintendent says - The Ann Arbor News

Ann Arbor schools prepared for new state assessment, superintendent says - The Ann Arbor News | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The Michigan Department of Education announced Thursday, Nov. 13, its updated academic assessment system called the Michigan student Test of Education Progress, or M-STEP.
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Teacher-Licensing Exams Show Higher Failure Rates & lower teacher prep enrollments

Teacher-Licensing Exams Show Higher Failure Rates & lower teacher prep enrollments | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
A battery of new licensing tests in New York has led to relatively low passing rates for prospective teachers, according to data issued this week by the state education department.

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5 Steps to Preparing Students to Succeed on the New Common Core-Aligned Tests

5 Steps to Preparing Students to Succeed on the New Common Core-Aligned Tests | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

Reading tests do not measure question-answering skills. Old-style test prep won't work!

 

By Tim Shanahan

Reading comprehension tests do not measure question-answering skills, but instead estimate how well students can read particular kinds of texts with understanding.PARCC and SBAC are pointedly avoiding making claims that their assessments will reveal whether students are meeting particular standards, but instead provide an overall estimate of reading comprehension.Reading comprehension tests measure how well students read texts, not how well they execute particular reading skills.So, item analysis is not an effective strategy for improving reading comprehension. PARCC and SBAC tests are, won't they be able to provide specific diagnostic information. 5 Steps to making students sophisticated and powerful readers:

 

Have students read extensively within instruction.Have students read increasing amounts of text without guidance or support.Make sure the texts are rich in content and sufficiently challenging.Have students explain their answers and provide text evidence supporting their claims.Engage students in writing about text, not just in replying to multiple-choice questions.



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Mel Riddile's curator insight, December 16, 3:17 PM
  1. Good instruction and literacy instruction are one in the same.
  2. Reading increasingly complex text, with appropriate support, improves reading comprehension.
  3. Writing about what you read improves reading comprehension.
  4. Students cannot become better readers by listening to teachers talk.
  5. Reading and writing should be purposeful and teachers should hold students accountable for gaining knowledge and understanding from what they are asked to read.
  6. Students writing should be persuasive in nature and they should be asked to make claims and provide supporting evidence from text.
  7. Teacher constructed assessments should use fewer multiple-choice items and should require students to read and write about the text.
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Smarter Balanced Awards Contract to Develop Formative Assessment Tools for Educators | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Smarter Balanced Awards Contract to Develop Formative Assessment Tools for Educators | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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A 50-State Look at Common Core

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Most states have adopted Common Core. A few states have backed out. A few have dropped the federally funded tests. Here is a 50-state overview. The website RealClearEducation posted a different vie...
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Researchers: Text Complexity of Common Core May Be a Problem in Early Grades

Researchers: Text Complexity of Common Core May Be a Problem in Early Grades | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Elfrieda H. Hiebert and Heidi Anne E. Mesmer published an article in a recent issue of Educational Research about the problems posed by Common Core's demand for "rigorous" and complex text in the e...
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Thinking Notes: A Strategy to Encourage Close Reading

Thinking Notes: A Strategy to Encourage Close Reading | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
By making Thinking Notes, or metacognative markers, consistent between students when they are reading, you prepare them for a better discussion of the text. Watch how to use this simple strategy to help your students better understand texts.

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Legislation Lets States Cut Ties Between Common Core and Federal Grants - Daily Signal

Legislation Lets States Cut Ties Between Common Core and Federal Grants - Daily Signal | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
A Republican senator's bill would prohibit the federal government from “mandating, incentivizing or coercing” states into adopting education standards.
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Quick Reference Guides to the Next Generation Science Standards

Quick Reference Guides to the Next Generation Science Standards | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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Common Core has state's teacher support

West Virginia Teachers Back New State Standards.

The Charleston (WV) Daily Mail (12/8, Speciale), noting plans by some state lawmakers to “challenge use of the controversial Common Core standards” before West Virginia’s legislature reconvenes next month, reports on teachers’ claims that backtracking would “hinder hard-fought progress in the classroom.” State Sen. Donna Boley (R) said the writing of West Virginia’s Next Generation Content Standards was “outsourced” to organizations funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – a claim disputed by Teresa Hammond, a state Education Department math and science coordinator who helped retooled the standards. Hammond still remembers going through the standards and vetting each objective. “The old standards were more about what teachers were responsible for doing, and the new ones focus on what children need to understand,” Hammond said.


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Fordham Institute to evaluate Common Core assessments on quality and content alignment | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Fordham Institute to evaluate Common Core assessments on quality and content alignmentPARCC, Smarter Balanced, ACT Aspire, and Massachusetts participating in landmark study Media Contact:Michelle Lernermlerner@edexcellence.net202-223-5452...
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Common Core has no better alternative

Common Core has no better alternative | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
William Bennett says critics of Common Core have lost perspective of its purpose - to help students excel.
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Ready or not, here come new assessment tests - The Macomb Daily

Ready or not, here come new assessment tests - The Macomb Daily | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
When it comes to student assessment, Michigan is about to take a big step.
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