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Responding To Criticisms Of The Common Core

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Responding To Criticisms Of The Common Core. Ed note: Supporting “commonness” or standardization isn’t a part of our mission at TeachThought, but we are interested in giving equal voice to diverse voices across education. Further, the majority of educators in the United States teach according to the Common Core standards, which makes them of interest to us. That is where the Common Core sets the bar.

Does Common Core Ask Too Much of Kindergarten Readers?

MindShift

For states adopting Common Core, the standards apply to kindergarten, laying out what students should be able to do by the end of the grade.* There’s a wide age range for learning to read,” said Nancy Carlsson-Paige on KQED’s Forum program. ” “Most five-year-old children are not really ready to learn to read,” Carlsson-Paige said. That pressure can mean more focus on academics, at the sacrifice of play time.

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Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair?

The Hechinger Report

In last year’s statewide Common Core-related PARCC test, just 24 percent of the students at Esteves’ school met grade-level expectations in reading and writing, a category called English language arts and literacy. The Common Core standards, a set of English and math guidelines adopted by more than 40 states, challenge many commonly held beliefs — including how best to teach children to read. Related: Two studies find Common Core tests make the grade.

“It’s unfair” special education students lag behind under Common Core in Kentucky

The Hechinger Report

Field Elementary teacher Jessica Rockhold works with Remy Campbell on a smart board in her classroom. Since Kentucky became the first state to adopt the Common Core in 2010, the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their nondisabled peers has widened slightly – despite sweeping expectations the more rigorous standards would help eliminate disparities in academic performance. They want to take ownership in their learning,” he said.

Closing gap for immigrant students under Common Core in Kentucky is a moving target

The Hechinger Report

A burgeoning population in Kentucky of students who are learning English combined with the adoption of more rigorous standards means efforts like Ogbe’s are ever more important. Strong language skills are key as part of the state’s Common Core standards. Students who meet English proficiency standards – and are therefore more likely to do well on the state’s exams – cease to be tracked as English learners.

How to Weave Advisory into Academics — Plus 10 Resources for Teaching SEL

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This was a common refrain in advisory class. Being in a New York City alternative high school serving at-risk kids , my students were academically behind and at risk of getting sucked into the school-to-prison pipeline. It was vital they graduated, but a diploma doesn’t guarantee students the social emotional learning (SEL) skills needed to be informed citizens and productive members of society. STEAM , the CCLS ELA standards, etc.),

Integrate OUR Curricula into Your Kiddom Digital Platform

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It makes learning organic, part of life rather than something that must happen from a certain book or room. The problem is trying to blend them effortlessly into a class LMS or learning platform without lots of extra clicks and logins. Kiddom is an easy-to-use education platform designed as a centralized hub for teaching and learning. Open Up Resources (OUR) is a series of free c ompetency-based Common Core-aligned curricula (math, ELA, and reading).

An Expanded Definition of Student Success

Digital Promise

To help accomplish their vision – that every students get not just to but through college – Brooklyn Lab leverages Cortex, a digital learning platform where student data and work can be accessed by students, teachers, parents, and administrators alike. Erin describes the Brooklyn Lab human capital strategy as analogous to an “educational orchestra” – educators may play from the same score, but they are play different instruments to provide students with different learning experiences.

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The Bare Minimum Of Technology Integration

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The Bare Minimum Of Learning Technology. What is the bare minimum of learning technology integration in a classroom? Though many teachers remain against reckless #edtech integration, the conversation is clearly shifting from should technology play a central role in the learning process to how should technology be used to promote learning? What might be considered a kind of basic standard for education technology in 2016. Gamify your classroom.

Writing Is Still How We Communicate

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Among the biggest changes the Common Core Standards require is the shift in the burden of general literacy. And this has levied untold damage on student academic progress. In any learning, writing is a seamless fit. And here we are, and the Common Core Standards (no matter what you might think of them) are asking all teachers to teach writing. Learning and education. Writing Is Still How We Communicate. by Terry Heick.

Blending Art and Algorithms, Desmos Sets Out to Reimagine Math Curriculum

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Looking at these projects, it’s clear that some kids have been so motivated to make beautiful graphs that they’re going out to learn math that most kids don’t learn until college,” says von Oy. “We Graphing the wavy curves of the hair and snakes was itself a learning curve.

How play is making a comeback in Kindergarten

The Hechinger Report

Students have at least 40 minutes a day to play during what’s called “Play to Learn” time. Standing in front of a child-sized kitchen in the corner of the classroom, Jamila dropped a plastic tomato, a hot dog, a banana and a fish into a small metal pot.

What’s The One Thing They’ll Remember From Their Time With You?

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Put another way, there is a reason to learn. We could talk about power standards, big ideas, enduring understandings, the utility of modern curriculum, and how useful academic standards like those found in the Common Core really are, but I thought I’d turn it over to you this time to hear your ideas. You may want to read Applying The 40/40/40 Rule In Your Classroom as a decent primer to respond.

Alma releases new standards tracker

eSchool News

Alma Technologies, a provider of a holistic student engagement platform for K-12 schools, has added a standards tracking tool intended to empower educators more effectively teach to proficiency against any set of academic standards. The tool supports the growing trend toward standards-based grading in schools and districts across the country. Alma’s Standards Tracker was designed based on the standards-based grading model.

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From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

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In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Let's examine these two issues: Silos You can find OER in dedicated online repositories including OpenEd , Curriki , and OER Commons. Several software companies have their own repositories, such as Microsoft’s Docs.com, Schoology’s public resources, Canvas Commons, and more. were part of the Common Core initiative, but several have dropped this school year.)

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Why Efforts to Improve Teacher Productivity and Efficiency May Not Pay Off

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Rather, investments in education—both public and private—made at the local, state and national level have been spread across a range of activities committed to making the “line teacher” more effective at delivering learning to their “customers” (students). Investments in teacher training programs when new state standards or social-emotional learning programs are rolled out are recent examples where statewide decisions shape local choices.

Professional development should make teachers feel urgent, not small and isolated

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Technology, collaboration, and new standards are changing the classroom at a rapid pace. As teachers, we are entrusted with our nation’s children, and their futures, yet many of us find ourselves isolated in classrooms without the right training or support. The need for more practical and effective professional learning opportunities for teachers is especially important right now, with new academic standards being introduced and adapted in schools across the country.

What do at-risk students, English language learners and adult college students have in common?

The Hechinger Report

The New York Times has a new education supplement, called Learning, and The Hechinger Report is collaborating with the Times to produce Bulletin Board, a collection of noteworthy ideas and trends in education that will appear on page 2 of the section, which will come out four times a year. The April issue’s theme was “Nontraditional learning.” The middle school has started using an online system to guide self-paced learning, and Ms.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

The Hechinger Report

Researchers say many high-poverty kindergarten classrooms don’t teach enough math and the few lessons on the subject are often too basic. Although Illinois adopted Common Core standards in 2010, Berwyn North, a kindergarten through eighth-grade district with 3,084 students , had not yet incorporated the standards when Ayala and her new assistant superintendent, Amy Zaher, were hired in 2012. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

Teachers' Essential Guide to Seesaw

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While Google Classroom and its accompanying suite of tools is immensely popular in education -- especially at the secondary level -- Seesaw is a fast-growing and user-friendly digital platform for teachers to assign work, engage with students, and provide feedback, among other classroom activities.

Everything You Need To Know About the Georgia Milestones Assessment System

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The tests provide information about whether students are grasping their subjects according to the state-adopted standards in the core areas of English language arts (ELA), math, science, and social studies, and whether they are ready to progress to the next grade. Informing the students, parents, educators, and the public about how well students are learning important content is an essential aspect of any educational assessment and accountability system.

Understanding ESSA: How the Every Student Succeeds Act will Change U.S. Educational Policy

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Higher standards are right. have expressed frustration with No Child Left Behind, an educational policy that has been derided by educators as placing too much emphasis on standardized testing and failing to address racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps. Furthermore, No Child Left Behind’s one-size-fits-all method of evaluating schools has been criticized as incentivizing low academic standards. Blended Learning.

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

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Craig Brock teaches high school science in Amarillo, Texas, where his freshman biology students are currently learning about the parts of a cell. Research has shown that a majority of the educators who teach English-language learners (ELLs) are creating their own instructional materials — often with little oversight — that don’t necessarily match the student’s grade level or the rigor required by state academic standards.

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

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Researchers say many high-poverty kindergarten classrooms don’t teach enough math and the few lessons on the subject are often too basic. Although Illinois adopted Common Core standards in 2010, Berwyn North, a kindergarten through eighth-grade district with 3,084 students , had not yet incorporated the standards when Ayala and her new assistant superintendent, Amy Zaher, were hired in 2012. Was classroom management stronger?

After years of neglect, Mississippi takes baby steps to boost school readiness

The Hechinger Report

On a muggy fall morning, pre-K teacher Ruth Shows inspected the work of students in her classroom, stepping over a cluster of little learners sprawled on the carpet. What started as a treasure hunt had become a logic game in Quitman’s state-funded pre-K classroom, a free early learning experience that’s only recently become available to a small number of students in Mississippi. From the time they come in, the learning starts,” Shows said. “If ?. QUITMAN, Miss. —

Can ‘Sober High’ schools keep teenagers off drugs?

The Hechinger Report

While the academic program here leads toward a regular Massachusetts high school diploma, the teaching is often tailored to address individual areas of weakness. Drug use, suspensions and expulsions have put many students here far behind academically. While Massachusetts high schools adhere to the relatively tough Common Core academic standards, at Independence Academy the priority is on meeting students where they are. Matt Langley on a break from class.