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Mapping Formative Assessment Strategies to the Common Core State Standards - Part Three

Mapping Formative Assessment Strategies to the Common Core State Standards - Part Three | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it
Formative assessment strategies used in the classroom can help teachers effectively meet Common Core State Standards. Read our final blog post that maps these strategies to the CCSS.
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I thought this aligned nicely with Leslie Grahn's session on formative assessment. The previous two parts are linked in the article.
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Sharing Common Core Language with Students

Sharing Common Core Language with Students | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it
Build an open and engaging classroom environment by talking about the Common Core with your students. Here are a few ways to let your students know what the Common Core goals are, and how you will be teaching to it.
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This is a great video because it addresses something we often overlook when teaching--conveying the how, the what, and the why to students!

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Captivated by Common Core: Classroom Changes You Can Make Now

Captivated by Common Core: Classroom Changes You Can Make Now | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it

Though the impact of each one of these instructional shifts directly relates to who you are as a teacher and the type of classroom you foster, there are several practices all teachers can implement (or verify that they are implementing) now - regardless of where your school site or district is in the transition process.


Via Deb Gardner
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A nice focused summary of the key shifts and some manageable suggestions for implementation.

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Deb Gardner's curator insight, April 14, 2013 9:54 AM

Cool use of images in Haiku slide deck that reflect key instructional shifts in ELA CCSS.

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Text Complexity Analysis Worksheet


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You might find this tool helpful in determining text complexity.

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What teachers need and reformers ignore: time to collaborate

What teachers need and reformers ignore: time to collaborate | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it

How will teachers transform their practice to meet these expectations?  In fields like trauma care and the building trades that have seen sharp gains in quality over the past generation, the emergence of new standards for professional practice coincided with a focus on improving collaborative decision-making and inquiry to solve problems in real time. If we want to see similar gains in education, we must structure for success by understanding that effective collaboration in schools doesn’t occur by happenstance—it requires purposeful action.


Via Deb Gardner
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Linda Darling-Hammond is right on with her insights about reform.  We will continue to work on addressing the need for collaboration time at RHHS.

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Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: An Uncommon Opportunity

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: An Uncommon Opportunity | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it
NCTM serves math teachers, math educators, and administrators by providing math resources and professional development opportunities. Working for more and better math for all students. (RT @mathyellen: Almost Mathweek in Denver!
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Mathweek starts next week in Denver. I'm interested to see what info my wife comes back with after reading this CCSS endorsement from the NCTM president.
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Inspirational Teaching Videos: Covering Common Core, Math, Science, English And More

Inspirational Teaching Videos: Covering Common Core, Math, Science, English And More | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it
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I thought I'd give you a direct link to the grade 9-12 Common Core videos on teachingchannel.org.  Enjoy!

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The Hunt Institute and CCSSO Release Common Core Implementation Video Series

The Hunt Institute and CCSSO Release Common Core Implementation Video Series
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Tons of videos here that unpack the standards.

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Fiction and Nonfiction Interact in the Common Core Classroom

Fiction and Nonfiction Interact in the Common Core Classroom | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it

In this video podcast How Fiction and Nonfiction Can Interact in the Common Core Classroom, Lauren Davis sets the record straight on how much fiction is still allowed in the Common Core, how it can be taught along with nonfiction, and provides suggestions for selecting and incorporating engaging nonfiction texts.


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Will Common Core kill literature?  According to this podcast, fiction and non-fiction can coexist in the classroom. (It says "video podcast," but you only need to listen--not much worth watching).

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StorySpirit4U's curator insight, April 8, 2013 9:59 PM

As teachers, we need to expose our students to more texts where they meet the CCS . Test scores improve with more exposure to these novels.

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Can Student-Driven Learning Happen Under Common Core? | MindShift

Can Student-Driven Learning Happen Under Common Core? | MindShift | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it
By Marsha Ratzel Teachers use different strategies to help students learn. With the inevitable arrival of the Common Core State Standards, however, the big u
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As we dig deeper into the Danielson Framework, you'll see how important student-driven learning is to the evaluation process.  This is a good read!

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Bringing the Digital World To Your Students to Teach Common Core

Bringing the Digital World To Your Students to Teach Common Core | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it
The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics are about thinking, questioning, and higher level learning. These are passions I have and things I am excited to see happening in classrooms.
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You gotta' love an article about Common Core that begins with a quote by George Carlin (no references to the 7 words you can't say on TV though).  Lots of links to sites you can use to flesh out common core standards using technology.

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Teaching Students to Analyze Complex Nonverbal Texts

Teaching Students to Analyze Complex Nonverbal Texts | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it

Standard 9 of the Common Core State Standards underscores the importance of students reading and writing about complex literary and informational texts, skills critical for "college and career readin


Via Mary Reilley Clark
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I know we've had a lot of discussion about the question "what is text?"  This article features some strategies on addressing "text" in a class that isn't really text-based.

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M&M's Statistics: Teaching Common Core State Standards with

M&M's Statistics: Teaching Common Core State Standards with | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it
M&M's Statistics: Teaching Common Core State Standards with M&M Candies. When searching for activities or lessons, ... Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice1. Make sense of problems and persevere in ...
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River Hill High School's comment, March 24, 2013 2:44 PM
Not sure how "good" a lesson is this, but it involves M&M's so it can't be all bad, right?
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Vocabulary Paint Chips

Vocabulary Paint Chips | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it
A great strategy for building vocabulary for any student. Using paint chips, teachers provide students with a visual aid to better understand difficult vocabulary. Covers Common Core for the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words.
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As a former English teacher, I thought this was a really neat idea!

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Creating Harmony in Common Core: Where Do We Fit In? by Susan Riley on Prezi

Prezi presentation on where Music Teachers fit into the Common Core


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Found a whole Scoop It site for Common Core for Music Teachers.  Nice!

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Jeannine Berube's curator insight, November 30, 2013 2:21 AM

interesting way to present common core to colleagues regarding use in music class.

 

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ELA Common Core State Standards Resources - LiveBinder

Resources related to the English Language Arts Curriculum (ELA Common Core State Standards Resources - LiveBinder http://t.co/b3ut5rqKqA)
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Didn't have time to look at the resources, but it's better to have something rather than nothing.

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Grading with the Common Core

Grading with the Common Core | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it
Great strategy for grading students with the Common Core. Here is a quick tip to help teachers, students and parents assess how students are learning with the new Common Core Standards.

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Ted Caron's comment, April 15, 2013 10:36 AM
These grading areas could be a great starting point for a school looking to adjust its report card. Instead of identifying each individual standard, I would consider broader categories would accompanying teacher annotations that help provide more specific, standards-focused information related to larger strands.
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Text Complexity: "The place to begin with is the student’s reading level.”

Text Complexity: "The place to begin with is the student’s reading level.” | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it

In the past I myself embraced what Fountas and Pinnel called “a balanced literacy approach.”  Under this model classroom reading would be made up of the following components:

independent reading (at the student’s independent reading level)guided reading of a whole-group text (at median instructional reading level for class)teacher read aloud (slightly above median instructional level). 


The common core call for increased text complexity seems to fit well with the “guided reading” portion of the block.


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A nice article that applies to any discipline, not just English!

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Lenore Dufton-Johnstone's curator insight, July 11, 2013 9:22 PM

This is the model for my classroom reading program.

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The Standards and Creativity - Compatible

The Standards and Creativity - Compatible | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it
Why do people insist on viewing the Standards as inconsistent with teacher creativity and choice? I am baffled by such uncreative thinking. That's like saying the architect cannot be creative becau...
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A nice little quick read--and he's right that the comments are worth the read too!
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A Common Core Challenge You Can Tackle: Mathematical Discourse

A Common Core Challenge You Can Tackle: Mathematical Discourse | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it
Read how playful thinking helps students become comfortable with difficult problems and mathematical discourse.
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I love the idea of "playful thinking."  What a great concept that can be incorporated into any classroom--not just math.  I also love the source of this article.  If you haven't found teachingchannel.org, you don't know what you're missing!

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Common Core: What you need to know

Common Core: What you need to know | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it
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Not sure if any of these ten questions are the ones you have on your mind, but it's still good information.

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Educational Leadership:Common Core: Now What?:The Common Core Ate My Baby and Other Urban Legends

Educational Leadership:Common Core: Now What?:The Common Core Ate My Baby and Other Urban Legends | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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I love the title of this article (and it addresses some of the myths and realities of the transition to the Common Core)!

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Student Engagement vs. On-Task Behavior

Student Engagement vs. On-Task Behavior | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it
The Best Posts & Articles On Student Engagement
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Student engagement is a relevant topic not only for Common Core, but the Danielson framework as well. Pretty thought-provoking discussion.
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Student Learning Objective Models from New York State Teachers | EngageNY

Student Learning Objective Models from New York State Teachers | EngageNY | RHHS-CCSS Resources | Scoop.it
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This is a site that shows examples of SLOs from New York.  Many of the SLOs connect to Common Core curriculum (and some does not).  I like it because it features some examples from courses that may struggle to develop SLOs that are meaningful in the context of their discipline.

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"Common Core State Standards are not a program"...or a curriculum

Marc Tucker - the Common Core State Standards are not a program, like a new drug, to be field-tested.  They are a statement of what we want our children to know and be able to do when they graduate from high school and what they ought to know and be able to do at key points along the way to graduation.  Our parents and students and teachers need to know what is expected.  I can understand why we would want to know how well a strategy for helping students reach our aspirations worked before we asked all our teachers to use it, but don't understand why we would field test our aspirations.


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River Hill High School's comment, March 24, 2013 2:46 PM
Agree or disagree? Hmmmm.