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Simplifying Text Complexity

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Get a handle on Text Complexity with the help of Sarah Brown Wessling. See a presentation covering Text Complexity that includes the 3 part model for measuring text complexity. She also provides tips on applying Text Complexity to your classroom.

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"The #commoncore state standards emphasize goals –not activities." - Tim Shanahan

"The #commoncore state standards emphasize goals –not activities." - Tim Shanahan | Pk-12 education | Scoop.it

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Modeling Close Reading for Future Teachers

Modeling Close Reading for Future Teachers | Pk-12 education | Scoop.it
In part one of this series, I shared how I use freely available video in my reading and literacy methods course to help my preservice teachers understand close reading instruction at a level that cou

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Letter Grades Deserve an 'F'

Letter Grades Deserve an 'F' | Pk-12 education | Scoop.it
The adoption of the Common Core could usher in a new era of standards-based grading.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 12, 2014 11:50 PM

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.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 13, 2014 9:57 AM

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.

iPamba's curator insight, March 13, 2014 10:53 AM

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.

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Think Alouds: Unpacking the Standards

Think Alouds: Unpacking the Standards | Pk-12 education | Scoop.it
If you are having trouble understanding the Common Core Standards, and how to begin teaching with it, check this presentation out. Sarah Brown Wessling explains the Common Core Standards in a way that makes it more approachable for teachers to transfer to the classroom.

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, March 15, 2014 7:03 PM

Great explanation by former Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling.

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Assessing What Matters Most | Jay McTighe

Assessing What Matters Most | Jay McTighe | Pk-12 education | Scoop.it

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Standards are a minimum expectation. “If you only teach to the test that’s all you’ll get.”

Standards are a minimum expectation. “If you only teach to the test that’s all you’ll get.” | Pk-12 education | Scoop.it
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.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, March 13, 2014 9:12 AM

Standards are a minimum expectation. “If you only teach to the test that’s all you’ll get.”