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7 Ways to Improve Your Work When You’re Not Working

7 Ways to Improve Your Work When You’re Not Working | Gifted education | Scoop.it
“The last half of 2014 was excruciatingly slow for me as work was not coming in like I had hoped. I couldn’t understand why. I’m not one to sit around and wait for the phone to ring. Even though I often self produce my own films, I’m like everyone else who relies on actual paying work to get the bills paid so I can have the freedom to create my own films. So I know I had to take advantage of this downtime in order to be better prepared and ready to take on some new challenges.Although the start of 2015 rang in some new opportunities for me and I’ve begun to slowly get some of those phone calls I was hoping for the year before, I learned some things that could possibly help you should you find yourself in the predicament I was in. So here are some ways to improve you work when you’re not working”
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How the Common Core Frustrates Suburban Parents

How the Common Core Frustrates Suburban Parents | Gifted education | Scoop.it

"Ultimately, the blurring between Common Core fact and fiction reveals a major flaw in the implementation of the program. No one group or individual took the lead in informing parents what the standards actually look like in the classroom and how it would affect their kids. Without political and education leaders providing valid, fact-based justifications for the new testing system and a clear, jargon-free explanation of new teaching strategies, suburban parents are easily influenced by others.

"Parents need to understand why a new universal set of standards is important, particularly parents in good school districts where schools are working well. They need to know how their kids will benefit from this program—and if their kids won’t benefit, parents need to know why these test results serve the larger public good, that they can help shape policies that will help others. Parents need to know that their kids will continue to be graded based on their teachers’ assessments and that the tests really serve to provide data for administrators and political leaders who can set policies based on students’ overall performance. Parents need to know how the Common Core differs from previous state curricula and how it will affect their kids on a daily basis. Simple facts—that the Common Core does not prescribe certain textbooks, for example—would go a long way in dispelling confusion...."


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, February 16, 2015 5:36 PM

Change is hard, especially for those who haven't really been following what is about to happen--the assessment of Common Core Standards which have been in place throughout the country for four years. Parents believe in their schools and that belief has left them a bit uninformed about the upcoming assessment. Why? Because for the most part, teachers were uninformed about the assessment. And for that, they are not to blame. States were bouncing around like ping-pong balls trying to decide to go PARCC, SBAC, Aspire, or write their own assessment. Heck, some states still haven't decided what to do. And in that, someone forgot to invite the parents to the party. 

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, February 16, 2015 5:38 PM

Parents are worried about the amount of time testing will take because for many, this is the first time anyone has ever made such a big deal over a practice that has been going on for YEARS!

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7 Technology Enhanced Item Types You’ll See On Common Core Tests

7 Technology Enhanced Item Types You’ll See On Common Core Tests | Gifted education | Scoop.it

Amanda Ronan writes: "Common Core testing season is right around the corner, so you want to spend some time making sure your students have the technological skills that will be required of them. PARCC and SBAC released items and practice tests to demonstrate the new item types students will see in the spring. We’ve summarized these items and given you some excellent online resources to help your students practice with the new testing interface. Now you can help your students show that they can master anything Common Core testing throws their way!"


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, February 19, 2015 11:29 AM

Oh boy--I've got students who can't even use Ctrl P to print, and they're expected to drag and drop? Sharing this with my teachers -- not so that they start teaching this, but so students can practice at home! (Or so we can add a computer literacy semester-long class for incoming students.)

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Test Your Best: Creating Quality Assessment Questions

Test Your Best: Creating Quality Assessment Questions | Gifted education | Scoop.it
“ As Smarter Balanced assessments make their way into classrooms everywhere by the 2014-2015 school year, teachers are working to adapt their curricula to the Common Core. One of the easiest ways to...”
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Kit Kats vs Snickers to teach argument/opinion writing

Kit Kats vs Snickers to teach argument/opinion writing | Gifted education | Scoop.it
“Here's an idea for motivating students to research and then design an argument--use candy bars. I did this with a group of sixth grade students. There were two teams of four students and each team ...”
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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, January 22, 2015 4:55 PM

Great idea and resources cited, too. I used to have my high school students write arguments on the cars they wanted to purchase or drive when they turned sixteen--their research came from Consumer Reports. The performance task was always successful...girls and boys both look forward to getting their  license and the freedom that comes with that. But, for younger kids, I like the candy idea.

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Common Core State Standards Level the Playing Field

Common Core State Standards Level the Playing Field | Gifted education | Scoop.it
“It is an exciting time to be a public school educator. Let me repeat that phrase, “It is an exciting time to be a public school educator!” As some of you wipe the coffee from your shirt and...”
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CCSS Performance Tasks and PBL | Project Based Learning | BIE

CCSS Performance Tasks and PBL | Project Based Learning | BIE | Gifted education | Scoop.it

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Why You Can't Ignore the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices

Why You Can't Ignore the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices | Gifted education | Scoop.it
“Minds in Bloom: Why You Can't Ignore the Common Core Standards for Math http://t.co/gY11Fhw1Mk Thank you for sharing this! @RachelLynette”
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Is Your Child Gifted? What to Look for and Why You Should Know...

Is Your Child Gifted?  What to Look for and Why You Should Know... | Gifted education | Scoop.it
Gifted kid? What to look for and why you should know.
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Cutoff Scores Set for Common-Core Tests

Cutoff Scores Set for Common-Core Tests | Gifted education | Scoop.it
“More than half the students who take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test are expected to fall below the cutoffs for grade-level proficiency in English/language arts and mathematics.”
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Common Core Reading: The Struggle Over Struggle

With the Common Core State Standards' emphasis on "complex texts," some critics worry kids are being asked to struggle too much. We ask: How much is too much?
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Don't Leave Out the Math - Phil Daro

Using a series of examples, Phil Daro stresses the value of teaching mathematics in greater depth and avoiding "clutter" in the curriculum.
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Cutoff Scores Set for Common-Core Tests

Cutoff Scores Set for Common-Core Tests | Gifted education | Scoop.it
“More than half the students who take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test are expected to fall below the cutoffs for grade-level proficiency in English/language arts and mathematics.”
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7 ad campaigns that used reverse psychology

7 ad campaigns that used reverse psychology | Gifted education | Scoop.it

Rosser Reeves, the accomplished advertising executive credited with coining the term "unique selling proposition," once said, "The people who read and remember your advertising may buy less of your product than people who are not aware of your advertising at all. Your advertising, in other words, may, literally, be driving away customers." With this reality in mind, some brands have cheekily taken to using anti-marketing sentiments to their advantage. Newcastle routinely makes fun of its own advertising, even boldly describing its own Facebook page as "Your place to complain about our ads."


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GreatSchools releases Common Core aligned videos |

GreatSchools releases Common Core aligned videos | | Gifted education | Scoop.it

Education non-profit GreatSchools is out with videos in English and Spanish that detail Common Core expectations for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The short videos are meant to help educators and parents better understand what children should know how to do and when.


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Fly on the Math Teachers Wall - Squashing Fraction Misconceptions

Fly on the Math Teachers Wall - Squashing Fraction Misconceptions | Gifted education | Scoop.it
“When I was an elementary student, fractions were by FAR my most difficult subject. I could not ever wrap my brain around them and embarrassingly enough, I still struggle to understand them. The ot...”
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Sue Thuma's curator insight, February 22, 2015 4:12 PM

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Common Core State Standards and Early Childhood Literacy Instruction: Confusions and Conclusions

“ Common Core State Standards and Early Childhood Literacy Instruction: Confusions and Conclusions”
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Literacy and instruction.

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What happens when the Common Core becomes less ... common?

What happens when the Common Core becomes less ... common? | Gifted education | Scoop.it
“As states drop the standards and their tests, comparing U.S. student achievement becomes more difficult.”
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Common Core Reading Resource: Smithsonian Tween Tribune

Common Core Reading Resource: Smithsonian Tween Tribune | Gifted education | Scoop.it

I’m always on the look out for great resources to support reading. While leading a training in Alaska this weekend, a participant mentioned The Smithsonian Tween (& Teen) Tribune. This free resource is a great place to grab informational and nonfiction texts written at various Lexile levels to support a wide range of reading abilities


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Creating Text Dependent Questions for ELLs: Examples for 6th-8th Grade

Creating Text Dependent Questions for ELLs: Examples for 6th-8th Grade | Gifted education | Scoop.it
“Last year, we wrote a two-part series on text dependent questions (TDQs) for ELLs, and it was one of our most popular blog posts. In the first blog post, we provided an overview of what TDQs are an...”
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Formative Assessment: Understanding Congruence

Formative Assessment: Understanding Congruence | Gifted education | Scoop.it
“See how you can use the formative assessment process with your high school class. Example shown for this formative assessment is a geometry math lesson.”
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Great Gift Ideas for Gifted Kids and Adults - Huffington Post

Great Gift Ideas for Gifted Kids and Adults - Huffington Post | Gifted education | Scoop.it
People who are exceptionally intelligent in one or more areas can be particularly difficult to choose gifts for, either because their interests are so esoteric (e.g., physics) or so focused that you are inclined to expand their horizons (e.g., no...
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Myths about Gifted Students | National Association for Gifted Children

Myths about Gifted Students | National Association for Gifted Children | Gifted education | Scoop.it
““Gifted students will do fine on their own.” “Gifted programs are elitist.” These and other myths prevent our country from appropriately educating millions of advanced students.”
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How and How Not to Prepare Students for the New Tests - Shanahan - 2014 - The Reading Teacher - Wiley Online Library

How and How Not to Prepare Students for the New Tests - Shanahan - 2014 - The Reading Teacher - Wiley Online Library | Gifted education | Scoop.it

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Catherine Schmidt's curator insight, November 15, 2014 9:59 AM

This is the best article yet on "test prep" and data driven reading instruction. A must read!

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Response: Close Reading Is A 'Life Skill'

Response: Close Reading Is A 'Life Skill' | Gifted education | Scoop.it
“Part Two in my series on close reading includes responses from Sonja Cherry-Paul, Dana Johansen, Stephanie Harvey, Julie Goldman, Diana Sisson and Betsy Sisson.”
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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, November 17, 2014 8:37 AM

An interesting post and well worth the time to read. The definitions provided broaden the playing field of close reading. However, I am not convinced step-by-step approaches are demonstrative of either close reading or preparation for close reading; on the other hand, for educators and students entrenched in the strategic process of the pillar reading skills, steps are a natural conduit to automaticity.