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With Common Core Coming to the Plate, How Prepared Do Teachers Feel?

With Common Core Coming to the Plate, How Prepared Do Teachers Feel? | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

According to Catherine Gewertz at Education Week, "teachers are getting an increasing amount of training to prepare for the common core, but that doesn't always make them feel ready to teach the standards.

 

According to the article, a recently released study, "From Adoption to Practice: Teacher Perspectives on the Common Core," shows that while far more teachers are attending common-core training, they are giving those sessions low marks for quality.

Professional Development and Training. In last year's report, 71 percent of teachers said they had attended professional development or training for the common core. This year, that figure rose to 87 percent.Teachers were far more critical of their training sessions in 2013 than they were in 2012, however. Two-thirds felt they were of high quality in 2012, but barely half said so in 2013.Only 23 percent reported that the assessments had been a topic of professional development.Far more common is training on the English/language arts standards; training on the math standards runs a distant second.Their sense of preparedness, ranked on a scale from 1 ("not at all prepared") to 5 ("very prepared"), was about the same in this year's report as it was the previous year: just under half gave themselves 4s or 5s on that preparedness scale.Only one-quarter said in this year's report that their students were well prepared to master the standards, and 14 percent said their students were well prepared for the tests.Teachers are unhappy with the lack of alignment between their instructional materials and the common core, a situation that's stubbornly unchanged from the year before. Nearly six in 10 said their main curricular materials were not aligned to the new standards.Teachers are pretty cynical about publishers' claims that their materials are "common-core-aligned." Fewer than four in 10 said they'd trust curriculum providers' claims of alignment.Only 18 percent classified themselves as "very familiar" with the math standards in the fall of 2012, but that number rose to 31 percent in the fall 2013 survey.


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, August 14, 10:45 AM

Why was there "far more training on the English/language arts standards; training on the math standards runs a distant second?"


Literacy is now a "shared responsibility" across all content areas. This means that all secondary teachers are expected to integrate purposeful reading, writing, and discussion of complex text into their lessons. In reality, few teachers have received the training or support to carry out this formidable task, which will take several years of focused practice to reach an acceptable level of proficiency. 

Although elementary teachers are much better prepared to teach literacy skills, they must increase the amount of informational text and do more argumentative/persuasive writing, which are significant changes.

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, August 16, 3:16 PM

As a facilitator of learning about the Common Core, none of this surprises me. Much of the PD I see offered by states and many of the professional development companies are worn out and outdated PP slides initially developed by testing consortia. Much of the training I see offered should have been happening two years ago, not now...after implementation has begun and testing is upon us.

Unfortunately, when teachers attend trainings that offer weak support in knowledge about and application of the standards, their time is wasted and their proficiencies are not increased. Implementing the Common Core is work, hard work. To entertain teachers for a day or make the material seem easily understood does a disservice to teachers, students, schools, and communities.

Ann Francis's curator insight, August 16, 9:57 PM

#commoncore, #ccss

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School Has Become Too Hostile to Boys - TIME

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School Has Become Too Hostile to Boys
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As school begins in the coming weeks, parents of boys should ask themselves a question: Is my son really welcome? A flurry of incidents last spring suggests that the answer is no.
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Seven – Maybe – Tips For Avoiding an Office Affair

Seven – Maybe – Tips For Avoiding an Office Affair | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
When a friend started her job at a big company, a family friend, who also worked there, pulled her aside.Many people in their workplace had affairs, he said, and he’d seen lots of relationships
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This is valuable and has so many good points for  the size of the article. I like the insights embedded in the tips as well. I wonder how often educators get in these situations. We have mentors, collaborative teacher/partners (inclusive classrooms), teacher teams, etc. Then there is the high stress of the off/on nature. There are various ways to blow-off steam. Having something in common around work can give the appearance that you have "more things in common" than your own spouse. And, in education, as it is with many other careers, the time spent at work usually adds up to more than the time we spend (awake) at home. "Temptations are a part of life"--as the song goes-- but so many songs focus on fun and intrigue rather than happiness. 

It's something to think about. 

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Sir Ken Robinson: Alternative Education is Good Education

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GnvkitAFwlM In 2006, Sir Ken Robinson presented a TED talk about the importance of nurturing creat

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Education Cartoons by T- McCracken

Find Education humor targeted to your needs. (I'm not selling anything. Just sharing the laughs).

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For Educators, the Importance of Making Meaningful Connections

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By Matt Levinson It's connected educator month.

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10 Digital Resources For New Teachers - Edudemic

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There are a pantload of resources for new teachers that should help many be a bit less afraid of their new role in the classroom.

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Honoring Our Catchers in the Rye

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips, inspired by J.D. Salinger's character Holden Caulfield, suggests that we start recognizing our own Catchers in the Rye - those educators and institutions committed to saving kids from falling off the cliff.
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Teachers Gravitate to Social Networks Tailored for Educators

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While K-12 teachers often use mainstream social platforms such as Facebook, they are more likely to seek out and return to more exclusive networks that meet their professional needs.

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What Is The Flipped Classroom Model And Why Is It Amazing? (With Infographic) - Forbes

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What Is The Flipped Classroom Model And Why Is It Amazing? (With Infographic)ForbesIt's also worth noting that the current education system does nothing to ameliorate socioeconomic stratification, indeed, worsens it.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 11, 2012 11:52 AM

Neat infographic on the flippd classroom.  Time for change?

Steven Sutantro's curator insight, December 20, 2012 9:14 PM

Awesome guide all about flipped classroom! @bincangedukasi @gurukreatif

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Launchings by David Bressoud: Barriers to Change

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This is more than about STEM instruction. It's about research-based instruction and why teachers might resist research-based effectiveness.

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Teacher evaluations turned in by 26 Hudson Valley districts - Newsday (subscription)

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Newsday (subscription)Teacher evaluations turned in by 26 Hudson Valley districtsNewsday (subscription)Twenty-six Hudson Valley school districts were among 186 statewide submitting teacher and principal evaluation agreements with unions as of Friday.and...
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