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Linda Darling-Hammond on the Common Core Standards

Linda Darling-Hammond on the Common Core Standards | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University is a highly respected figure in American education. She was Barack Obama's spokesperson during the 2008 campaign, and many educators expected and hoped ...
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Visual Literacy 2014

Visual Literacy 2014 | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Visual is an important part of our teaching. Not only is this helpful to getting across ideas, but it is a key strategy to reaching our Special Education and English Language Learner populations. The...
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Common Core Reading: Difficult, Dahl, Repeat

Common Core Reading: Difficult, Dahl, Repeat | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Backers of the Common Core say it's important for kids to tackle complex texts. Critics argue that reading shouldn't be a struggle for kids. We'll visit one classroom that borrows from both sides.
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Kentucky Bill would Effectively Nullify Common Core - Tenth Amendment Center (blog)

Kentucky Bill would Effectively Nullify Common Core - Tenth Amendment Center (blog) | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
FRANKFORT, KY., November 13, 2014 – A bill introduced in the Kentucky state house would ban the state from continuing its participation in the Common Core educational standards and penalize distric...
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How I Used Foldify and QR Codes to Teach to the Common Core

How I Used Foldify and QR Codes to Teach to the Common Core | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
This is a great Common Core App Smash that I used with a group of third graders to help teach the following Common Core ELA Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.5 Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and...
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Assessment, grading and rigor: toward common sense and predictable outcomes on tests

Assessment, grading and rigor: toward common sense and predictable outcomes on tests | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Over the last few months I have worked with a number of high schools and middle schools where the grading and assessment practices simply do not work in a world of standards. The schools are not ma...

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Instructional Components - MAISA Writing - YouTube

This content was created with teachers to name the instructional practices necessary to effectively utilize teaching resources that expect a student-centered...
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Get Common Core Ready: Transfer Active Reading Strategies Online

Get Common Core Ready: Transfer Active Reading Strategies Online | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
I'm writing a series of blogs titled "Get Common Core Ready" that are inspired by my next book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology (to be published by Corwin in spring 2015). This first blog will focus on helping students to transfer their pen and paper annotation

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We Need Standards Without Standardizing

We Need Standards Without Standardizing | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Meier: Teaching "to" a prefabricated curriculum ... and thus also to the test that comes along with it cannot lead to the kind of feistiness that a good school should be an exemplar of.

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At the Core of Common Core: Fostering Academic Language in Every Lesson for Every Student (#CoreMatters)

At the Core of Common Core:  Fostering Academic Language in Every Lesson for Every Student (#CoreMatters) | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

The following blog post is another in the Alliance’s “Core of the Matter” blog series.

 

"The Common Core State Standards require students to think more than ever.  But to think and describe this thinking, a student needs strong language skills.  This language is often called “academic language,” though its features vary widely across subject areas, texts, and classrooms.   Like fish in water, most of us rarely recognize the fact that almost any cognitive act involves language.  We have worked with a wide range of educators who are striving to meet the many language needs of English learners in this era of new standards. And in this work we have come across several of what we call “under-realized principles.”


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NASSP Center for New Principals's curator insight, October 22, 9:25 PM

This blog post gives excellent suggestions on how every teacher AND STAFF MEMBER can be involved with CCSS and with improving achievement . If 'academic language' becomes common throughout your school, thinking skills might improve at the same time.

Nicole Nico's curator insight, October 30, 1:25 AM

This discusses how common core will strengthen people's oral speaking especially those of ESL students. Unfortunately, a lot of students do not learn enough vocabulary words as they need to, to function in society. Some never learn and some learn to late, some repeat words never truly understanding it's meaning. Common core wants to focus on the idea of emphasizing the importance of not only understanding oral language but for one to embrace the language with their own notion.

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New Common Core test to cost Oregon $4.5 million more - Statesman Journal

New Common Core test to cost Oregon $4.5 million more - Statesman Journal | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The Smarter Balanced Assessment is estimated to cost about $7 million in 2014-15.
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An Excellent iPad App for Taking Notes and Annotating PDFs is Now Free (Was $6) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

An Excellent iPad App for Taking Notes and Annotating PDFs is Now Free (Was $6) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network

200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

by Michael Gonchar

 

"To help jump-start your brainstorming, we have gathered a list of 200 writing prompts from our daily Student Opinion feature that invite you to take a stand.

"Though you won’t be limited to these topics for the contest, you’ll see that our list touches on every aspect of modern life, from politics to sports, culture, education and technology. We hope the range inspires you, and we hope the fact that each question links to at least one related Times article gives you a starting point for finding evidence."


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 14, 7:24 PM

To use argumentative writing, teachers and students need to know how to use the Theory of Argumentation. That is not common.

 

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Dennis Swender's curator insight, November 17, 3:14 AM

Chapbook Essays galore -- with applicable background info

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Common Core Reading: The High Achievers - NPR (blog)

The Common Core State Standards are changing reading instruction in many schools. And that means new challenges for lots of students, even traditional high achievers.
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Wis. Gov. Walker sets sights on Common Core, vouchers

Wis. Gov. Walker sets sights on Common Core, vouchers | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Gov. Scott Walker has called on the Wisconsin Legislature to repeal Common Core standards.
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All Things Upper Elementary: Digging Deeper: Writing about Reading!

All Things Upper Elementary: Digging Deeper: Writing about Reading! | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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Common Core Reading: 'The New Colossus'

Common Core Reading: 'The New Colossus' | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
The Common Core State Standards have led to big changes in the way many teachers approach reading instruction.
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How Well Do You Think Standardized Tests Measure Your Abilities?

How Well Do You Think Standardized Tests Measure Your Abilities? | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
How much time do you spend taking and preparing for standardized tests in school? Do you think it’s too much?
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ASCD Launches Free Common Core Resource Site -- THE Journal

ASCD Launches Free Common Core Resource Site -- THE Journal | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

ASCD has launched EduCore, a new, free digital tool to help educators transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics and literacy. Funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, EduCore is a repository of resources for teachers that includes strategies, videos, and supporting documents for implementing CCSS in math and literacy.

 

EduCore's Literacy Tools channel currently provides templates, developed by the Literacy Design Collaborative, for teaching argumentation, informational, and narrative writing at the middle and high school level. Teachers can customize the templates according to the reading and writing assignments they give their students, as well as the content they want their students to address.

 

Look for additions and enhancements to EduCore in the near future.


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Smarter Balanced Field Tests Didn't Mirror Classroom Learning, Study Says - Education Week News (blog)

Smarter Balanced Field Tests Didn't Mirror Classroom Learning, Study Says - Education Week News (blog) | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Feedback from states shows that most students didn't feel the test reflected what they were taught in class.
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Why the Best Teachers Don't Give Tests - Huffington Post

Why the Best Teachers Don't Give Tests - Huffington Post | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Many of us rail against standardized tests not only because of the harmful uses to which they're put but because they're imposed on us. It's more unsettling to acknowledge that the tests we come up with ourselves can also be damaging....
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Teachers' Views on Common Core Must Be Heard in State Debates

Teachers' Views on Common Core Must Be Heard in State Debates | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it

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Nonfiction Reading Is Getting a Bum Rap and That's Bad For Kids - Huffington Post

Nonfiction Reading Is Getting a Bum Rap and That's Bad For Kids - Huffington Post | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
States' participation in the Common Core is a legitimate issue for public debate for a host of reasons. However, concern that the standards call for too much nonfiction reading should not be among them....
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New Common Core tests to cost $27 per student - Education Week News

New Common Core tests to cost $27 per student - Education Week News | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
New Common Core tests to cost $27 per student Education Week News "We think it's really important to give tools to the classroom teacher that they could use on a daily basis or at any point during the year so they know they are teaching materials...
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