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5 Questions To Evaluate Curriculum For Rigor

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Rigor across curriculum content, not just a particular subject matter is essential to effective teaching and learning. It is knowing what rigor is in order to determine if it exists.

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Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, January 24, 2014 4:36 AM

Good start. Also relevance to the student.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, January 24, 2014 8:59 PM

This iactually the second article of a series . This is a  word used frequently, but it's definition varies.  I  think rigor need to also differentiate , say, reading levels so each learner is challenged from the level they are currently at. Rigor does not mean, "one size fits all!"

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 25, 2014 3:03 AM

A text does not the curriculum make. The curriculum is what the children learn and mesh with their lived history. The ultimate test is Life and all its manifestions according to Alfred North Whitehead.

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New Math and Science Assessments: What is giving students "the most trouble"?

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Vermont Science Scores Drop.

The AP (9/26, Rathke) reports that Vermont Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe announced on Thursday that “average science test scores of students in three grades have dropped slightly in Vermont from last year, with the greatest dip among eight-graders.” The article adds that Holcomb said that stagnant science scores suggest “that an emphasis on English language arts and math in the federal No Child Left Behind Act may be overshadowing science instruction.”

Vermont Public Radio (9/26) reports that Holcombe “says she is not satisfied with scores from standardized science tests given last spring.” The piece notes that “44 percent of fourth graders scored as proficient or higher, but only 25 percent of eighth graders and 30 percent of eleventh graders reached that mark.” Scores across all grades showed a decline. The piece notes that “a section that requires students not only to solve problems, but to explain their reasoning,” seems to be the part that gave students the most trouble.

WCAX-TV Burlington, VT (9/26) quotes Holcombe saying, “We’re concerned about the heavy emphasis on No Child Left Behind and whether it might be discouraging some districts from really investing in science from the earliest grades.”

        The Rutland (VT) Herald (9/26) also covers this story.


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As long as we value the "standard" procedure for math operations and neglect the exploration and sense making of what is happening, the ability to explain your thinking is about the steps in the procedure, not does the answer make sense.

 

Identifying common standards is not synonymous with teaching and learning mathematics.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, September 26, 2014 7:37 AM

These new assessments require an additional component. Not only do students have to work problems, but they now have to explain their reasoning.


“a section that requires students not only to solve problems, but to explain their reasoning,” seems to be the part that gave students the most trouble.

Francisco Restivo's curator insight, September 28, 2014 10:58 AM

É muito importante que os alunos tenham de explicar o seu raciocínio, para além de resolver o problema. A questão é como?

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5 Assessment Strategies Every Teacher Should Know

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"Most teachers and current textbooks offer varied approaches to the material to be learned so the teaching can be brain-compatible with the varied student learning styles. It is only logical that respect for these individual learning styles be incorporated into assessment forms."


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Christopher Resetar's curator insight, February 13, 2014 12:00 PM

Like other comments on this scoop, I really like this article, especially items #1 and #2.  I really like those options because they are unconventional options that I still think would provide an appropriate level of challenge for the students as well as provide an alternative form of just a simple pencil and paper exam.  I think option #1 is more feasible for elementary school because it would allow students to work on skills that are more age appropriate like consolidation of information and looking for quality source material.

Ruby Day's curator insight, February 14, 2014 3:45 PM

Sounds like some great ideas to stimulate critical thinking

Audrey's curator insight, March 5, 2014 6:51 PM

All 5 assessment methods involves  students leading the learning. Asking the students questions based on their reading of the topic helps their analytical  skills and allows them to be in charge of their learning. 

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Gavin McInnes calls 7-year-old daughter's Common Core math problems 'INSANE!' [pic]

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“Find the numbers. (Gavin McInnes calls 7-year-old daughter’s Common Core math problems ‘INSANE!”
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There is a swear word in this example. Yet another example of not thinking about parents in the implementation of a math initiative.
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New Educational Technology + Old Pedagogy = No Significant Difference

New Educational Technology + Old Pedagogy = No Significant Difference | Numeracy4All | Scoop.it
“Reblogged on WordPress.com (RT @janniaragon: New Educational Technology + Old Pedagogy = No Significant Difference http://t.co/3J3TILQkKy)”
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Anti-Common Core Bill Now Has Sponsor in Florida Senate

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Northwest Florida Sen. Greg Evers (R-Milton) filed a senate version today of Rep. Debbie Mayfield (R-Vero Beach)  bill which prohibits the state BOE from implement  Common Core Standards. From Jeff...
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Memorizing the times tables is damaging to your child's mind, says discovery ... - Edmonton Journal (blog)

Memorizing the times tables is damaging to your child's mind, says discovery ...
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But other teachers and numerous education consultants support the changes.
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The battle continues...memorization vs. understanding...you decide.

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5 Questions To Evaluate Curriculum For Rigor

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Rigor across curriculum content, not just a particular subject matter is essential to effective teaching and learning. It is knowing what rigor is in order to determine if it exists.

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Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, January 24, 2014 4:36 AM

Good start. Also relevance to the student.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, January 24, 2014 8:59 PM

This iactually the second article of a series . This is a  word used frequently, but it's definition varies.  I  think rigor need to also differentiate , say, reading levels so each learner is challenged from the level they are currently at. Rigor does not mean, "one size fits all!"

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 25, 2014 3:03 AM

A text does not the curriculum make. The curriculum is what the children learn and mesh with their lived history. The ultimate test is Life and all its manifestions according to Alfred North Whitehead.

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Girls good at math half as likely to study science or math at university ...

Girls good at math half as likely to study science or math at university ... | Numeracy4All | Scoop.it
Young Canadian women who are good at math in high school are half as likely as young men who excel in the subject to choose math-heavy STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer ...
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Helping Students Meet CC Standards in Math

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 8, 2013 8:39 PM

This infographic looks at eight instructional practices that will help students meet Common Core standards and provides a look at how to do this in elementary, middle and high school settings. Check it out and see the recommendations for the following areas:

* Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

* Reason abstractly and quantitatively

* Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others

* Model with mathematics

* Use appropriate tools strategically

* Attend to precision

* Look for and make use of structure

* Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning

For more detailed information click through to the infographic.

Christine Bushong's curator insight, November 11, 2013 10:27 AM
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This infographic looks at eight instructional practices that will help students meet Common Core standards and provides a look at how to do this in elementary, middle and high school settings. Check it out and see the recommendations for the following areas:

* Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

* Reason abstractly and quantitatively

* Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others

* Model with mathematics

* Use appropriate tools strategically

* Attend to precision

* Look for and make use of structure

* Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning

For more detailed information click through to the infographic.

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Starting STEM Early with Online Hub from Sesame...

Starting STEM Early with Online Hub from Sesame... | Numeracy4All | Scoop.it
The Sesame Workshop has always focused on encouraging the “scientist” characteristics in children and this new online hub, Little Discoverers: Big Fun with Science, Math and More will continue that mission.
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Americans Are Way Behind in Math, Vocabulary, and Technology

Americans Are Way Behind in Math, Vocabulary, and Technology | Numeracy4All | Scoop.it

"A new global report (pdf) by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development finds that Americans rank well below the worldwide average in just about every measure of skill. In math, reading, and technology-driven problem-solving, the United States performed worse than nearly every other country in the group of developed nations."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 9, 2013 10:32 PM

The statistics in this report are eye-opening. It shows that Americans have trouble with words, numbers and technology-driven problem solving. In all areas "the United States performed worse than nearly every other country in the group of developed nations."

This post provides five graphs:

* Literacy Proficiency Among 16 - 65 Year Olds

* Numeracy Profiency Among Adults

* Profiency in Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments Among Adults

* Profiency in Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments Among Young Adults

* Problem Solving Profiency Among Younger and Older Adults

You will also find a link to the full report from the OECD (which is 466 pages in length) so if you want more information it is readily available.

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The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer

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"The difference between assessment of learning and assessment for learning is a crucial one, in many ways indicative of an important shift in education.

Traditionally, tests have told teachers and parents how a student “does,” then offers a very accessible point of data (usually percentage correct and subsequent letter grade) that is reported to parents as a performance indicator."


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Mary Starry's curator insight, October 4, 2013 11:04 PM

"Assessment for learning" versus "assessment of learning" is also promoted as a key component of the learning portfolio all colleges of pharmacy need to have to demonstrate student achievement.

Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 6, 2013 8:40 PM

I have practiced a system that covers four of the 5 key strategies for many years starting at five years of age.  I would not teach any other way. With this kind of assessment students after seven years of age can lead parent teacher conferences with ease and confidence. Had a dad in tears once who confessed it was the first time his son had talked meaningfully to him about his learning. Then I was in tears too....

Aunty Alice's curator insight, November 21, 2013 8:03 PM

A good little diagram but it does not address the issue of how to do it..it requires modelling, first by the teacher, then slowly devolving the responsibility to the learner, and focus on one subject area at a time e.g. Literacy . In my experience it also requires set aside time with each student to assess together, recording what has been discussed so it is not forgotten. I am talking about elementary learners here.. 

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How implementing Common Core Standards has changed my math classroom

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by Cicely Woodard, 8th grade math & Honors Algebra I teacher at Rose Park Middle Magnet Since implementing Common Core State Standards in my middle school mathematics classroom, my role as teac...

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Is Competition The Cure For Mediocre US Math Scores? - Forbes

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Is Competition The Cure For Mediocre US Math Scores?
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Even though the U.S. lags in international tests of math competency — as my previous post, 'The Cause of Mediocre U.S.
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Competition can engage or disengage learners. Is there a tipping point?

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3 Simple Strategies For More Rigorous Instruction

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"In this posting, we’ll look at options to increase the depth of your instruction. What you’ll notice throughout the activities is a shift to student ownership of learning, as well as the need to think at higher levels to complete the activities."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 5, 2014 8:44 PM

Are you looking for ways to increase rigor in your classroom? This post provides three strategies as well as a number of examples to help you. The strategies are:

1. Design With Inquiry & Diversity

2. Have Students Create Videos–From Beginning To End

3. Use Virtual Tours

Additional detail is available in the post for each of the strategies and suggestions for adding rigor in ELA and math is also discussed. In fact, the final paragraph states asking "students to write riddles about words, rather than having them simply write a definition...requires students to think at higher levels to complete the activity." Adding rigor may not be as difficult as might think...but it may require that we rethink how we are teaching.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, March 6, 2014 12:23 AM

Definitely some good ideas worth initiating in the teaching program.

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Math Anxiety Could Hurt Health Messaging, Shows Study ...

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“Though mathematics is one of the most important inventions in the history of humanity, many humans actually have an aversion to the subject. Researchers call this “math anxiety” and new research is showing that the ...”
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Mothers, Don’t Pass On Math Anxiety To Your Daughters « Annie Murphy Paul

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Marzano's 9 Effective Instructional Strategies (Infographic)

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"Effective schools make a big difference in student achievement. Effective leadership makes a positive difference, too. Effective teachers, however, directly impact student learning and achievement. It’s been shown that teachers who have a large repertoire of effective instructional strategies teach differently."


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Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, February 19, 2014 4:30 AM

A literacy-rich environment in classrooms and schools, for example, is an important K-12 foundation to support and extend effective instruction. And, effective vocabulary instruction (here, here, here, and here, too) is an integral part of a comprehensive literacy framework and supports student learning and achievement. Building a common language educators is also important, though frequently lacking. A common language helps teachers, coaches, and administrators communicate more easily and specifically around instructional strategies associated with literacy instruction, educational initiatives, and the Common Core State Standards

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 1, 2014 6:24 PM

These are helpful.

Cheryl Lambert's curator insight, March 23, 2014 2:08 PM

Helpful instructional tool.

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Resources for Teaching Mathematics

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Top free resources for teaching and learning Mathematics  National Mathematics Standards comes from National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Illuminations - resources for teaching mathematics in...

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7 Myths About Rigor In The Classroom

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 13, 2014 10:40 PM

One of the buzzwords in education today is rigor, but what does that mean? This post shares seven myths about rigor, providing a deeper look at each one if you click through. What are these myths? Three are below.

* Is asking students to do a lot of homework a sign of rigor? Not if it is busy work, or if it leads to burnout. Although parents may define it as rigor what do you think?

* Rigor is not for everyone. How do we help students if we request less of them? Rigor may not be the same for each student but each student should be asked to reach their highest level.

* Standards alone take care of rigor. The Common Core Standards tell us they will increase rigor, but it is the instruction that will make this happen, not the standard.

Much more information on this issue is available in the post.

Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, January 15, 2014 7:20 AM

Very true. A must read.

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How I Came to Hate Maths (Comment j'ai deteste les maths): Film Review - Hollywood Reporter

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How I Came to Hate Maths (Comment j'ai deteste les maths): Film Review Hollywood Reporter Featuring close to twenty different interviewees, the film begins with a montage of students across the world complaining about math classes, eventually...
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Brilliant BBC podcast series- A Brief History of Mathematics | Great Maths Teaching Ideas

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Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn

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"What’s the key to effective learning? One intriguing body of research suggests a rather riddle-like answer: It’s not just what you know. It’s what you know about what you know.

To put it in more straightforward terms, anytime a student learns, he or she has to bring in two kinds of prior knowledge: knowledge about the subject at hand (say, mathematics or history) and knowledge about how learning works. Parents and educators are pretty good at imparting the first kind of knowledge. We’re comfortable talking about concrete information: names, dates, numbers, facts. But the guidance we offer on the act of learning itself—the “metacognitive” aspects of learning—is more hit-or-miss, and it shows."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 7, 2013 10:41 PM

As teachers do we emphasize what we want students to learn, or do we focus on how they should go about learning and the necessary skills? This post focuses on these issues looking at current research. It also provides two sets of questions, one where "Students can assess their own awareness by asking themselves which of the following learning strategies they regularly use..." and the other "a series of proactive questions for teachers to drop into the lesson on a “just-in-time” basis—at the moments when students could use the prompting most."

Another great article by Annie Murphy Paul that provides much food for thought.

Phil Turner's curator insight, October 8, 2013 6:49 PM

A question of study rather than memorising ... how a student of a topic goes about constructing meaning and negotiating understanding.

Mary Cunningham's curator insight, October 13, 2013 12:13 PM

This is a great article about ensuring that students understand the mechanics of their own learning.

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There's no such thing as being "good" or "bad" at math - Quartz

There's no such thing as being "good" or "bad" at math - Quartz | Numeracy4All | Scoop.it
There's no such thing as being "good" or "bad" at math
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As an American, I was in the minority in my PhD program—and I was at Columbia University. That's because I studied economics, a so-called quantitative subject.
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Math matters: how big data is building the future of everything - The Verge

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Math matters: how big data is building the future of everything
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New materials lead to new innovations. Gorilla Glass is a big selling point for smartphones. Kevlar saves lives and has worked its way into consumer products.
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