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Common Core Connections: Unpacking Academic Vocabulary

Common Core Connections: Unpacking Academic Vocabulary | Education and change | Scoop.it

Are you wondering where to begin to adopt the Common Core Vocabulary Standards? While there are many specific vocabulary standards clearly listed in the K-12 Language strand, it's helpful and important to look at Academic Vocabulary from the big picture view known as Shift 6. Let's unpack it.


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Student reading improves

Student reading improves | Education and change | Scoop.it

A class of Santa Maria High School students sat fully engaged, staring just in front of a moving blue line across their computer screens Monday morning.

The group, mostly freshmen in a Reading Improvement class, were tasked with reading the text before it was enveloped by the blue line. Reading every word was important because comprehension questions would follow.

Results from using the research-based intervention Reading Plus program at Santa Maria High have so far shown marked improvement in the reading level of struggling students sometimes reading several grades below their level.

“I’ve had some students improve already in four weeks,” said English teacher Auni Baldwin, who helped pilot the United Way-sponsored program last spring.

“Eighty percent of my students moved from five-plus grade levels below to one below,” she added. “Reading is in every subject. It’s preparing our students for the workforce. Every day they can track their own progress.”

On Monday afternoon, Baldwin gathered on campus with other high school and city officials, as well as those from the Northern Santa Barbara County United Way and Pacific Gas and Electric Co., to announce results of the United for Literacy partnership (UFL).


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Life in a 21st-Century English Class | MindShift

Life in a 21st-Century English Class | MindShift | Education and change | Scoop.it

I teach in an inquiry, project-based, technology embedded classroom. A mouthful, I know. So what does that mean? To begin with, I don’t lecture. My students don’t take notes, at least not in the traditional sense, and we don’t read a novel and simply answer the questions.

 

It means my classroom is a place where my students spend time piecing together what they have learned, critically evaluating its larger purpose, and reflecting on their own learning. It also means my students don’t acquire knowledge just for the sake of acquiring it. They need to do something with it — that’s where “project-based” comes into play.

 

Finally, technology is embedded into the structure of all we do. It’s part of how we research, how we capture information, and how we display our learning. It’s never an accessory tacked on at the end.

 

In my English classroom, this looks a lot different than in my biology and chemistry classrooms (which you can read about here). My English curriculum is largely skills-based, which provides a fair amount of flexibility. Many people ask me how I have the opportunities to do what I do in my classroom. My answer? It’s all in how you look at the curriculum.


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Flip This Library: School Libraries Need a Revolution

Flip This Library: School Libraries Need a Revolution | Education and change | Scoop.it

What has to happen for school libraries to become relevant? If we want to connect with the latest generation of learners and teachers, we have to totally redesign the library from the vantage point of our users—our thinking has to do a 180-degree flip. In short, it’s time for school libraries to become a lot less like Microsoft and a lot more like Google. With this notion in mind, David Loertscher, collaborated with two colleagues, Carol Koechlin and Sandi Zwaan, Canadian educational consultants, to develop an idea called the school library learning commons.


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Most States Providing Common-Core Instructional Materials

Most States Providing Common-Core Instructional Materials | Education and change | Scoop.it

Nearly all states are developing curricular and supplemental materials to help districts and schools implement the common-core state standards, but far fewer are approving or certifying lists of materials, according to a new report from a...


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The Brave New Librarian

The Brave New Librarian | Education and change | Scoop.it

We need school librarians more now than ever before. And we need them to act bravely and boldly.

Why? Take a look at this article from 2010. "Why we need libraries and librarians."

With the advent of new information technologies, the challenge of making meaning and finding truth has become daunting. While we have ready access to more information, the casual reader is often overwhelmed by the mountains of data and is ironically made more dependent on artificial intelligence to guide searches.

Without well honed search strategies and a very strong grounding in information literacies, students all too often fall prey to a cut-and-paste pattern that reduces the quality and originality of thought.


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Famous Authors Share Their Wisdom About Writing

Famous Authors Share Their Wisdom About Writing | Education and change | Scoop.it

New York-based graphic designer Chris Ritter has accumulated a series of quotes imparting advice about writing from some of the most famous authors throughout…...


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