On the heels of Betsy DeVos' confirmation as the new head of the United States Department of Education, several Republican representatives have introduced a bill to eliminate the department altogether.
According to the latest census information, 1.2 million school age children relocate interstate annually. There are reasonable concerns about accommodations for special needs students and age-appropriateness for our younger learners. Either this is a massive, multi-state conspiracy to sabotage the education of millions of students, or CCLS is, at its core, essentially on target and would benefit from a review by a panel of experts followed by a public comment period — which is precisely what New York is in the process of doing. [...] standards should be reviewed and modified every few years to avoid the massive shift that had built up, leading to the Common Core Learning Standards. Engaging a broad cross-section of experts (as Elia has done by including 130 experts) in the review of the standards, and inviting all residents of New York to comment on these proposed changes, is essential to the process.
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.
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Part 2 of 2 posts by Shirley Clarke, well worth reading.
Trump's adviser made the claim on CNN, but states, not the federal government, adopt content standards like the common core. And current federal law prohibits the Trump administration from influencing states' decisions about standards.
Students are doing more reading on digital devices than they ever have before. Not only are many teachers using tablets and computers for classroom instruction, but many state tests are now administered on computers, adding incentive for teachers to teach digital reading strategies. But casual digital reading on the internet has instilled bad habits in many students, making it difficult for them to engage deeply with digital text in the same way they do when reading materials printed on paper."
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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
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