Are teachers more humanely motivated than most of the rest of us?
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Not related directly to CCSS, but to the idea that standards are used to hold teachers accountable for a task that may not be achievable for many students. The gap between what teachers must ideally believe in order to persist -- and the reality of the life experience of many students sitting in the classroom -- is vast, and may indeed mean some students ought not be expected to achieve. But no one wants a teacher to espouse that belief, least of all those of us who love doing the job.
Recently, I have been working with teachers who are transitioning to the CCSS. Here are some forms and some examples of how they can be used. More will come later as our work develops. This is being written for 10th grade students.
Whether you are an educator preparing to make curricular changes to meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or examining and adjusting your instruction, ASCD’s EduCore™online tool can help smooth your transition into a new era of teaching and learning. A free resource, the EduCore website helps educators learn about the new standards and offers useful content that supports meaningful, purposeful changes to instruction.
Learning Forward Unveils Free Common Core Professional Development Lessons T.H.E. Journal Nonprofit organization Learning Forward has released four free online professional learning units focused on implementing Common Core State Standards.
The Nebraska Board of Education voted 7-1 last week to pay a national education consultant $47,000 to compare the national standards with Nebraska's.
Nebraska's go-it-alone stance has left educators in some local school districts anxious as they see the rest of the nation ramping up to teach the Common Core. Some educators are trying to incorporate elements of the Common Core, while also teaching the state's standards, on which students are tested each year.
Kristi Gibbs, assistant superintendent for learning in the Ralston Public Schools, said districts are “kind of in limbo.”
Common-Core Tests to Take Up to 10 Hours Education Week News The new information comes from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, one of the two big groups of states that are building tests in mathematics...
This month, the PARCC testing group (one of the two state consortia responsible for creating assessments for the Common Core State Standards, or CCSS) has released sometesting guidance. If your state has adopted CCSS, they belong either to the Smarter Balanced or PARCC consortia.
What’s interesting about the PARCC testing is that it has two parts, and the performance-based assessments (PBAs) makes research one of the three core ELA testing areas.
My latest multi-touch iBook, Progress and Poverty in Industrial America, is available for your iPad - free / iTunes. It's a great resource for use in the classroom, and serves as a model for teacher or student curation of historic content into interactive digital DBQ's. (More on publishing with iBooks Author.)
This 18-page document-based question guides students through the historian's process with an investigation of the essential question, "How do we evaluate the social costs and benefits of technological innovations?" To make the question relevant to students, it begins with a brief examination of the impact of 21st c technologies / global economy on progress and poverty in contemporary America.
The importance of critical thinking is noted in the new national standards. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative directly identifies higher-order thinking skills as critical to achieving career and college readiness for all students.
Bice says state loses no sovereignty by using Common Core standards al.com (blog) Dick Brewbaker, R-Pike Road, would overturn the state board's 2010 adoption of common core curriculum standards, require legislative approval for all future statewide...
These resources were created to help principals and teacher leaders develop their capacity to facilitate school-based collaborative professional learning focused on teaching and learning. The four units below cover key topics in leading professional learning tied to implementing content standards.
Learning Forward's Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students: Implementing the Common Core is a multidimensional initiative focused on developing a comprehensive system of professional learning that spans the distance from the statehouse to the classroom. With an immediate focus on implementing Common Core State Standards and new assessments, the initiative provides resources and tools to assist states, districts, and schools in providing effective professional learning for current and future education reforms.
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