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While math and English language arts teachers have a much more direct call for Common Core implementation, teachers in other content areas are also being called to implement the Common Core State Sta (New!
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Teaching standards doesn't necessitate a standardized approach to teaching. Teachers share ideas for providing a standards-based, but authentic learning experience for all students.
The CEO of Insight Education shares the lessons he has learned working with districts to implement Common Core State Standards and new teacher evaluation systems at the same time.
Some Parents Say No To Their Kids Taking Smarter Balanced Test Hartford Courant The new test created by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium — a group of 23 states, including Connecticut — is the linchpin in a series of education reforms...
Common Core Implementation Panel releases preliminary recommendations: http://t.co/q9rnUI4KmW
By Marc Tucker
"There is little doubt—whether test-based accountability is being used to hold schools accountable or individual teachers—that it has failed to improve student performance."
"Reducing everything they have tried to do for their students to scores on low-level tests of two subjects makes a mockery of their work."
Here is something radical that takes beyond the criticism of accountability and tests. What if we provided classroom teachers with more voice in the curriculum being delivered in their classrooms with live students?
Source: Edutopia Suppose you are teaching an introductory biology course and your next lesson deals with genetics. You would like to prepare your students for the upcoming class by asking them to t...
As teachers transition to common standards, experts say they may need to take on more of a "teacher- researcher" role in the classroom.
Key Points on Formative Assessment:
We are doing this in my school with our DEEPER model, but it takes time and practice to change teacher habits!
PARCC and CCSS
TED-Ed offers dozens of fascinating videos about all kinds of subjects that draw students in. (To learn more about how to use videos in the classroom, check out MindShift’s Teachers’... [[ This is a content summary only.
Teachers frustrated by Common Core directions to ignore prior knowledge when teaching text analysis can show students how to do it themselves, says Laura Robb.
If nothing else, modeling this may help students who are frustrated by reading material they don't understand.
Today, the ConnectEd program received its largest single donation from software company Adobe.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson talks about California's transition to assessments based on the Common Core State Standards, uploade...
I think the transition will be bumpy, but CCSS will move forward in all states, even the ones that didn't sign-on. Let's see where we are in 5-10 years.
America's Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change, a project of Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Among teachers in states that use Common Core, 57 percent said they thought the standards would be positive for most students; just 8 percent predicted a negative effect and 35 percent said the new approach would make little difference.
The survey also found teachers upbeat about implementation of Common Core, in contrast to the distress that National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel said he has been hearing from teachers around the country. The Scholastic survey reported 26 percent of teachers said they were strongly enthusiastic about the implementation of Common Core in their classroom; another 47 percent said they were somewhat enthusiastic. (73%) Just 6 percent were strongly negative. Three in four teachers said Common Core would require them to change their practice in the classroom.
Many elementary students feel they cannot see the difference between these two tenses. To help them I have created a rap which explains the grammar and gives some example sentences, two mind maps expl...
A great refresher for elementary students by Engames.
The adoption of the Common Core could usher in a new era of standards-based grading.
The core of the argument is sound and draws on seminal thinking about student assessment. The addition that might be made is that thinking was based on considerably more teacher autonomy and local community involvement in their schools. I think the two go hand-in-hand. We need teachers to be teaching students and that includes effective assessment which can be communicated to students and their parents.
I think one of the keys is this paragraph: "Teaching and learning with an eye toward mastery of a defined list of competencies circumvents many of the pitfalls that points-based grading causes. If mastery of a specific concept or skill is the stated goal for everyone, students are free to be more creative in their thinking. They are encouraged to challenge themselves in pursuit of that mastery."
Let's be honest: there is a lot of subjectivity in a lot of grading. Perhaps Common Core, for all of its flaws, will challenge us to think differently about how we assess. Not just how we grade student work, but how we make decisions about how students can demonstrate what they know and can do.
More important than the grading system is whether or not, throughout the process of learning, communication strategies and tools are used, including meaningful feedback to learners, to enable them to recognize their challenges as well as assess their progress and achievement.
Four questions every ESL/EFL teacher should consider when planning a grammar lesson.
What the Common Core Assessment Questions Might Look Like | Jim Burke http://t.co/iHbjq02n2x
How the federal education agenda with an emphasis on on charters, federally imposing the Common Core initiative, teacher evaluation, and test based accountability is seeking solutions in all the wrong places and pushing policies that are not backed by evidence.
Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together to share glimpses of the past and build up the story of human history
Oh, what a great CC resource this could be! Have students find Creative Commons licenses images for a project, then pin them here, and create a collection or tour!
"The #commoncore state standards emphasize goals –not activities." - Tim Shanahan on Common Core State Standards for School Leaders curated by Mel Riddile ("The #commoncore state standards emphasize goals –not activities." - Tim Shanahan
"One may presume that the tests currently being prepared by the two consortia of states are closely aligned with the standards. But in cases where states are making or buying their own tests, there is less assurance."
WOW... How DO we know that DRC is aligned to PA Core... well, trust...
The discussion should be how the standards are implemented, not if they will be. (RT @NMSI: Adopting #CommonCore is only the first step toward improving America’s education system.
Modest questions about an Idaho bill allowing guns on campus.
“Reactions to the Common Core Standards -- a new set of education benchmarks that have been adopted in 45 states -- have been varied, polarized and political.”
For teachers just starting out on their career, this whole post might serve as a useful guide in how to go about teaching vocabulary in the language classroom, while the experienced among us may wish to fast forward to the third section and explore the tools I suggest.