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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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Seeing symmetry helps kids get negative numbers - Futurity - Futurity: Research News

Seeing symmetry helps kids get negative numbers - Futurity - Futurity: Research News | Numeracy4All | Scoop.it
A new teaching strategy recruits the brain's use of visual symmetry to help kids grasp the often baffling concept of negative numbers.
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NEW Faster Isn't Smarter: Messages about Math, Teaching, and Learning in the 21s - gekoo.co - Search, Find, Compare and Buy it Now

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Sending the correct message regarding speed and accuracy coupled with the time to process and think mathematically is crucial.

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Our Students' Below-Average Math Abilities - New York Times

Our Students' Below-Average Math Abilities - New York Times | Numeracy4All | Scoop.it
Readers respond to a column by Nicholas Kristof on the importance of numeracy.
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Numeracy for all...

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14 Math Edugames for Students

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Here's a list of 14 Math Edugames!  Whether you use these for enrichment, intervention, in stations, or simply recommend a favorite to families, you're sure to find something to meet the needs of y...

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Math Generation - Part 1

Professional Learning Communities (PLC) - Part 1 The implementation of Common Core State Standards - Math (CCSS-M) is challenging and teachers need access to...
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Invest in providing educators with the understanding of the mathematics and how it builds rather than supplying them with pages and pages of jargon. #itistime

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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]

Gavin McInnes calls 7-year-old daughter's Common Core math problems 'INSANE!' [pic] | Numeracy4All | Scoop.it
“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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Just making it shiny, doesn't change that it's ineffective.
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Anti-Common Core Bill Now Has Sponsor in Florida Senate

Anti-Common Core Bill Now Has Sponsor in Florida Senate | Numeracy4All | Scoop.it
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

5 Questions To Evaluate Curriculum For Rigor | Numeracy4All | Scoop.it

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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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What's My Number? Differentiating in K-1 - Math Coach's Corner

What's My Number? Differentiating in K-1 - Math Coach's Corner | Numeracy4All | Scoop.it
  In her book How Children Learn Number Concepts, Kathy Richardson devotes an entire chapter to composing and decomposing numbers.  It may surprise you that the title of the chapter is Understanding Addition and Subtraction: Parts of Numbers.
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Pencils Down, Minds On

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Solving problems starts with sense-making, not answer-getting.
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Understanding before speed...

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The Math Ceiling: Where's your cognitive breaking point?

The Math Ceiling: Where's your cognitive breaking point? | Numeracy4All | Scoop.it
Adults recall math as a sort of NCAA tournament. Everybody gets eliminated. It's only a question of how long you stay in the game.
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Very interesting perspective. "Math Madness"

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Motherlode | The Problem With Math Problems: We're Solving Them Wrong - New York Times (blog)

Motherlode | The Problem With Math Problems: We're Solving Them Wrong - New York Times (blog) | Numeracy4All | Scoop.it
Taking math from memorization to problem solving, and getting stuck along the way.
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When metacognition is not taught...knowing what we know and how to work back through our own ideas is difficult and often where students get stuck and can't modify their thinking. #itistime 

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17 visualisation tools to make your data beautiful

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You don’t need to be a seasoned data scientist or have a degree in graphic design in order to create incredible data visualisations.

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DocAten's curator insight, March 16, 4:01 AM

Ca donne envie d'essayer : nuage de mots, graphiques, cartes... Par  Christopher Ratcliff @ Econsultancy publié le 25/02

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Check out how to add visualisations to your presentations. 

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

Is Competition The Cure For Mediocre US Math Scores? - Forbes | Numeracy4All | Scoop.it
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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 ...

Math Anxiety Could Hurt Health Messaging, Shows Study ... | Numeracy4All | Scoop.it
“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

Mothers, Don’t Pass On Math Anxiety To Your Daughters « Annie Murphy Paul | Numeracy4All | Scoop.it
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Your children are listening and watching...

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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.