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More schools roll out Common Core guidelines

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Since 2010, 45 states and the District of Columbia have agreed to adopt the Common Core Standards and have agreed to test students on them by 2014-15, but implementation has been slow — until now....

This fall, 21 states will fully implement the standards in reading and math across all grade levels, joining seven other states and the District of Columbia already using them in classrooms. Seventeen other states will implement the new standards over the next few years. Four states — Alaska, Nebraska, Texas and Virginia have not adopted the standards — and Minnesota has adopted them for English only.

"This school year marks the first time there is a large-scale, widespread implementation of the Common Core Standards across the country," said Michael Cohen, president of Achieve, a bipartisan, non-profit organization founded by governors and the nation's business leaders. "Some states have taken longer than others, and that's OK. This is not a race, this is a way to improve education."

The large-scale implementation comes as politicians in some states have tried to halt it over cost issues and uncertainty over whether the new standards are what's best for their state.

In Indiana this year, kindergarten and first-grade teachers were teaching the standards when state lawmakers agreed to pause overall implementation of the standards pending a legislative review. Similar bills aimed at stopping the standards in Alabama, Kansas, Missouri and South Carolina failed this past year. More bills are likely to be introduced in 2014.

Some conservative groups and other opponents of the new academic standards see the Common Core as an attempt by the federal government to co-opt education.

"This comes across as another large-scale centralized program to try and improve education, and it comes at the expense of parents, taxpayers and educators who are trying to have a voice as to what is taught in their schools," said Lindsey Burke, an education fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington. "The last thing we need are standards being set in Washington at the expense of state and local control of education."

Over the past few years, federal lawmakers have given $4.35 billion in Race to the Top grant money as an incentive to states that adopt the standards, and they have made Common Core adoption a significant factor in obtaining a waiver from the requirements of No Child Left Behind.

Other opposition comes from educators and researchers who say the standards are not legitimate.

"These standards are inferior to what we need in this country — they are not rigorous, they are not internationally comparable and they are not research-based," said Sandra Stotsky, a professor at the University of Arkansas who served on the Common Core Validation Committee and was one of four committee members who did not sign off on the standards.

Another issue at hand is testing. Supporters hope assessments tied to the new standards will boost achievement on standardized tests and prove American students can compete with their global counterparts.

Testing expert Robert Schaffer with the National Center for Fair and Open Testing said the initial hype with Common Core was that it would result in a new breed of tests that get beyond "multiple-choice bubble."

"The reality is the tests being developed are the same as they have been in the past," he said.

Only two states — Kentucky and New York — have tested on the new standards and the initial results were grim. In both states, fewer than a third of students in grades three through eight scored proficient in math and reading on the new tests.

"It's true that the number of students who scored proficient on our new state assessments did go down, but that isn't because they are not making progress — it is because we are measuring them against higher standards," said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, a supporter of the Common Core who is president-elect of the Council of Chief State School Officers.

"It would certainly be more enjoyable for me to keep the tests the way they were and see more students receive higher scores, but it would also be wrong," he said. "We do our students no favors when we tell them they are ready to succeed in the world when they are not."

Cohen says the results will improve....

 


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Teaching Happily Ever After: What is a flipped classroom? How do ...

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Twitter taught in Grade 1 class in Windsor, Ont. - Windsor - CBC News

Twitter taught in Grade 1 class in Windsor, Ont. - Windsor - CBC News | Teaching First Grade | Scoop.it
A teacher in Windsor, Ont., is teaching her first and second grade students to tweet, blog and Skype as part of the elementary curriculum.

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Teacher Stories - Kristi Meeuwse How I teach with iPads in Kindergarten

Teacher Stories - Kristi Meeuwse How I teach with iPads in Kindergarten | Teaching First Grade | Scoop.it

Teacher Stories - Kristi Meeuwse
" For the First Time in 22 years of teaching, 100 percent of my kindergarten students went to first grade reading above grade level." How Kristie Meeuwse teaches with iPad.


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Cyndi Danner-Kuhn's curator insight, September 4, 2013 10:29 AM

This is powerful and worth the read.

DiAndra Berry's curator insight, September 9, 2013 2:09 PM

I think allowing students to read stories and create their own stories on an ipad is an excellent idea.

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Late, Lost and Unprepared:Strategies for Teaching Self-Management & Organizational Skills to LD Students

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Parent Education Sessions: Open to the Community
2012-2013 School Year
Each Session – 7:00-8:30 p.m.


Lawrence Upper School –Sagamore Hills

Thursday, November 15, 2012

 

Session 1: Late, Lost and Unprepared: Effective Strategies for Teaching Self-Management and Organizational Skills to Students with Executive Function Deficits

 

 

Students who struggle with deficits in Executive Functioning may exhibit difficulties at home with organization, remembering homework, and initiating or completing tasks. In school, they may have difficulty memorizing facts, writing essays or reports, working complex math problems, completing long-term projects, or being on time.

Executive Functioning deficits don’t have to cause frustration, disappointment and defeat in your child’s life – or in yours. There are some very specific and effective ways to help students develop built-in supports and routines to help compensate for deficits in organizational skills.

Please join us for a panel discussion on building effective strategies for assisting students who struggle with organization, time, and self-management skills. Panelists include Dr. Ethan Schafer, Clinical Psychologist; Jason Culp, Head of Upper School; and Dianne Wilson, Learning Resource Center Coordinator. Ample time for individual questions will be provided.


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Teacher Professional Development Courses | Coursera

Teacher Professional Development Courses | Coursera | Teaching First Grade | Scoop.it

Three free courses of interest to new or beginning teachers, all beginning on August  5th and 6th:

 

Foundations of Teaching and Learning 1: Introduction

First Year Teaching (Secondary Grades) - success from the Start

First Year Teaching (Elementary Grades) - Success from the Start


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 1, 2013 4:45 PM

Many more free PD courses are available and listed here.

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Augmented Reality in the Science Classroom

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I just finished week one of the new school year.  What an exciting four days!

Thanks to the ISTE Conference and a series of new connections, this summer was an inspiration.   Armed with too many new ideas to implement and a slew of new technologies, I jumped in, iPad first.  My new eighth-graders had never used iPads in the classroom, but based on their enthusiasm for technology, I knew anything I threw at them would be a huge hit!   I decided to go big and introduced them to augmented reality right from the start.  To say they were “impressed” is an understatement!"


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Jenny H's curator insight, September 11, 2013 5:01 AM

This showcases an great app that focuses on Augmented Reality! The teacher who wrote this blog was teaching Year 8 students about safety, emergency protocols and tools in the science laboratory. He taught it in an engaging way with the use of an Augmented Reality app called Aurasma on the iPad. Each student had an iPad and were told to walk around the lab and take notes of the tools that were on benches.

 

He also talks about how he had a few dilemmas but worked his way around them and found other alternatives - it definitely shows his willingness to try something new in the classroom.

 

This is definitely worth reading, it could help you think of new engaging ways to incorporate Augmented Reality in the classroom.

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Tech Transformation: Rethinking how students learn

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I've started reading a new book in the past couple of days and already I have so many new things to think about! The book is entitled 21st Century Skills - Rethinking How Students Learn and is edited by James Bellanca and Ron Brandt. In the preface to the book Ron Brandt explains why a focus on skills is so important. He writes "effective teaching involves students using skills to acquire knowledge" and explains how important it is that these skill are embedded into the curriculum and taught along with content.

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Good Teaching is the Most Effective Instructional Tool: Today and Tomorrow

Good Teaching is the Most Effective Instructional Tool: Today and Tomorrow | Teaching First Grade | Scoop.it
Looking 10 years into the future, the most effective teaching tool in higher education will still be the skills that make a professor or an instructor a good teacher.

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