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How to Teach Informational Writing > Eye On Education

How to Teach Informational Writing > Eye On Education | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it
The following blog post is part of a blog series called "Comments on the Common Core," written by Eye On Education's Senior Editor, Lauren Davi...
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Straight Up Conversation: Common Core Guru Jason Zimba : Education Next

Straight Up Conversation: Common Core Guru Jason Zimba : Education Next | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it
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An Introduction to Project-Based Learning

In this hands-on approach to teaching, students create schoolwork that demonstrates core subject knowledge. For more information and resources on project-bas...
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Inquiry-Based Teaching: The Inquiry Approach

Inquiry-Based Teaching: The Inquiry Approach | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it
There are many good reasons to bring the inquiry based teaching method to your classroom. Watch as teachers go over some of these reasons, along with examples of students getting involved in the classroom.
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Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity!

Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity! | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it
A recent blog by Grant Wiggins affirmed what I have long believed about creativity: it is a 21st-century skill we can teach and assess. Creativity fosters deeper learning, builds confidence and creat
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Can Student-Driven Learning Happen Under Common Core? | MindShift

Can Student-Driven Learning Happen Under Common Core? | MindShift | California Common Core - Middle School | 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 (Can Student-Driven Learning Happen Under Common Core?
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ELA Lesson Sequence for the Common Core: Saying More With Less

ELA Lesson Sequence for the Common Core: Saying More With Less | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it

I'm sharing a lesson sequence on economy of language that provided a compelling intro to this standard. I co-planned the lesson with learning specialist, Marcia Stiman-Lavian, and I borrowed significantly from materials shared by fellow CTQ blogger, Bill Ferriter.  This sequence was a lot of fun, and it really seemed to wake students up to the power and nuance of individual words, opening the door to more intensive investigation of the function of specific words--and punctuation--in text


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Aligning nonfiction reading with the CCSS: Topic based book clubs

Aligning nonfiction reading with the CCSS: Topic based book clubs | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it
Aligning nonfiction reading with the CCSS: Topic based book clubs. We are deep into our nonfiction unit study in Reading Workshop. Here is the way in which I've experimented with weaving the CCSS into this unit through ...

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18 CCSS Ideas for Struggling Readers: Define, Summarize, Compare

18 CCSS Ideas for Struggling Readers: Define, Summarize, Compare | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it
18 Common Core lessons organized by comprehension strategy – defining, summarizing and comparing. A free PDF download

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Meeting ELA/Social Studies CCSS through the Study of Oratory

Study great speeches using resources from EDSITEment and Voices of Democracy.


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, February 21, 2013 1:40 PM

Good resources for teaching oratory.

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Connecting to the Common Core: Primary Source Thinking Triangle Activity - TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus

Connecting to the Common Core: Primary Source Thinking Triangle Activity - TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it

The thinking triangle also gives students practice in the visual equivalent of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) reading anchor standard 2.


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, February 21, 2013 4:17 PM

This would be a great activity to introduce a unit.

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Teacher Collaboration: The Essential Common-Core Ingredient

Teacher Collaboration: The Essential Common-Core Ingredient | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it
Helping teachers work together will be essential to the success of the common core, say Vicki Phillips and Robert Hughes.
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Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking

Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it
Ideally, teaching kids how to think critically becomes an integral part of your approach, no matter what subject you teach. But if you're just getting started, here are some concrete ways you can be
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Beyond Q+A: Six Strategies That Motivate ALL Students to Participate

Beyond Q+A: Six Strategies That Motivate ALL Students to Participate | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it
Do you have students who rarely raise their hand when you ask a question? When I think back about kids in my classroom who didn't participate at first, I remember Jared and Maya (whose names I change
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Creating Schoolwide PBL Aligned to Common Core

Creating Schoolwide PBL Aligned to Common Core | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it
Green Street Academy is a two-year-old public middle and high school in urban Baltimore, Maryland. One of the school's focuses is to embrace the green eco-sustainability movement and the new career p
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Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it
Feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of dense information out there about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? You're not alone. Here's Edutopia's guide to resources that will help you make sense of it all.
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John Seely Brown on Motivating Learners (Big Thinkers Series)

John Seely Brown on Motivating Learners (Big Thinkers Series) | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it
Innovative thinker John Seely Brown, known for his ideas for merging digital culture and education, shares lessons educators can learn from surfers, gamers, and artists on how passion and competitive hunger can drive intrinsic motivation.
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What is the role of the ESL teacher in the Common Core?

What is the role of the ESL teacher in the Common Core? | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, TESOL International Association invited a group of guests from the ELL field to its national headquarters in Alexandria, VA to discuss the role of the ESL teacher in the impleme...


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Catherina Park's curator insight, August 5, 2013 8:52 PM

One of the initial questions I had about the rollout of the CCSS was about whose responsibility it would be to ensure that the CCSS were being properly taught and implemented. Would it be the ESL teacher’s primary responsibility or the content teacher? Or both? It would seem that without a clear mandate given about whose responsibility it would end up being, issues of accountability and transparency could arise, with the students to suffer as a result.

            This article addresses that very point during a meeting hosted by the TESOL International Association. In it, it is believed that “if the administrator sends a message that ELLs are “everybody’s kids,” that message is far more likely to be absorbed and embraced by the entire staff, which in turn is reflected in CCSS planning.” The article addresses the notion that content area teachers and ESL teachers were not working collaboratively to implement the CCSS properly. As a result, ESL teachers weren’t included in the planning of the CCSS and therefore were not utilized in the implementation.

The article also asks the following questions:

How are schools and district leaders taking ELLs’ needs into account when planning for the CCSS?What kinds of academic language instruction do all students, and particularly ELLs, need to successfully master the CCSS?How is the ESL teacher responsible for helping ELLs meet the Common Core?How can collaboration models be expanded and improved to build upon teachers’ individual strengths from both the content and ELL sides?What implications will the CCSS have in the evaluation of ESL educators and other educators who teach ELLs?How can educators ensure that the Common Core is sustainable for ELLs and their educators?What are ESL teacher education programs doing to prepare their candidates for implementing the CCSS?

And finally, the largest and most important question that must be considered is how ESL students are being supported through the CCSS, particularly for the varying degrees of the language and content proficiency.

These are some complicated questions that require a shift in paradigm both at the teacher level, as well as at the administration level. What’s clear to me is that there needs to better transparency and collaboration of the CCSS so that the teachers understand where they are being held accountable and what they need to do to ensure its success. There also has to be better synergies between collaborators so that best practices can be put in place. Furthermore, students need to be evaluated against the CCSS so that they understand where they stand and what supports need to be put in place. Finally, ESL teachers must be included in the creation and implementation of the CCSS – they must feel empowered to contribute and their content cohorts must be inclusive in their implementation of the CCSS. 

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7 Common Core Ways to Assess Knowledge

7 Common Core Ways to Assess Knowledge | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it
This is always challenging, isn't it? Finding evidence that students have learned what you taught, that they can apply their knowledge to complex problems. How do you do this? Rubrics? Group projec...

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What's the Big Deal about Text Complexity? » Teaching the Core ...

What's the Big Deal about Text Complexity? » Teaching the Core ... | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it
In case you haven't noticed, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA and Content Area Literacy place a heavy emphasis on text complexity (R.CCR.10). In short, the developers of the CCSS believe that college and ...

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The Gettysburg Address: Literary Nonfiction and the Common Core

The Gettysburg Address: Literary Nonfiction and the Common Core | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it
Although House of Cards on Netflix, the fictional Elmer Gantry and the preposterous Watergate cover-up all provide ammunition to those who view rhetoric pejoratively, rhetoric should be studied as a

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, February 13, 2013 7:57 PM

How will you teach literary nonfiction? Several suggestions here are worth exploring.

Pam Colburn Harland's curator insight, April 24, 2014 6:23 AM

This is an excellent article on how to teach students to read and UNDERSTAND very complex texts. The author includes lots of tech tools and resources for teachers to try with classes. I love this!

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Academic Vocabulary 101 (and 102 and 103) | Burkins & Yaris

Academic Vocabulary 101 (and 102 and 103) | Burkins & Yaris | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it
In this post, Kim reflects on the vocabulary development of her sons as they have participated in family read alouds of DIVERGENT. She encourages readers to rely on reading, writing, and talking rather than on workbooks to build vocabulary.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, February 21, 2013 3:59 PM

No need to buy "CCSS-aligned" workbooks!  

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Educational Leadership:Common Core: Now What?:The Common Core Standards: Starting Now

Educational Leadership:Common Core: Now What?:The Common Core Standards: Starting Now | California Common Core - Middle School | Scoop.it

 "...concrete, practical and specific actions that districts and schools can take to immediately get ready [to implement CCSS.]"  Lots of great information and links here!


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JDriscollMIS's curator insight, February 21, 2013 10:07 AM

Make sure you check out TextProject.org (link under vocabulary)

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Collaborative Learning Builds Deeper Understanding

By working together on problem sets in math and sharing their perspectives in roundtable discussions in English, students at The College Preparatory School a...
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