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Dropbox + Pinterest + SMART Exchange for Teachers + Common Core = ClassConnect

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Flip your Classroom, Just Store your Favorites , Find Common Core Content, and Share your Lessons “ ClassConnect saves me time building lessons so I can focus on engaging & inspiring my students. I just an elementary teacher loving what he''s created and enjoying sharing it with others! Then, start searching for content you can use by the Common Core! If you''re a fellow blogger, help spread the word of this great resource by blogging about ClassConnect.

Prodigy Math Game: Game-Based Learning for the Common Core

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Game-based learning is a topic we have revisited numerous times on this blog. Prodigy’s math content is completely curriculum-aligned and covers standards from the Common Core, MAFs, and TEKS curricula depending on your location. Prodigy takes game-based learning a step further and provides teachers with a powerful set of reporting and assessment tools that allow them to easily identify trouble spots, differentiate instruction, and better manage classroom time.

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More than five years after adopting Common Core, Kentucky’s black-white achievement gap is widening

The Hechinger Report

At Dunn Elementary, kids who are struggling get extra time with second-grade teacher Sarah Bowling. The second-graders in Sarah Bowling’s class at Dunn Elementary were on a scavenger hunt to find “arrays.”. Closing these gaps was one of the goals of Common Core reform.

Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair?

The Hechinger Report

Esteves, age 10, is a fourth-grader at Roberto Clemente Elementary School in Newark, N.J., 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. This put the small school and its 494 students in the 8th percentile of elementary schools in the state of New Jersey. Read more about the Common Core.

4 Reasons to Use Kids Discover Online for Inquiry-Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

A Product Review by Vicki Davis From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. There are several reasons why Kids Discover Online is a fantastic website for middle and elementary science, history, and ELA teachers: Students can visually explore curated topics, finding connections in a safe space. After students read, they can take a quick assessment about the topic. Students can take an assessment just after reading.

What Is Competency-Based Learning, Why Does It Matter?

The CoolCatTeacher

Every Classroom Matters episode 210 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Middle school points down to elementary. Elementary points to kindergarten. Even assessment changes with competency-based learning. appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Common Core Every Classroom Matters Podcast News & Trends Teaching

This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

Edsurge

As principal at Chula Vista School District’s Salt Creek Elementary, Lalaine Perez saw the need to better support a growth mindset around math in the years following the transition to California’s new Common Core standards. Lalaine Perez Just a short drive away, Mónica Ruiz, principal at Chula Vista’s Montgomery Elementary, was facing her own math struggles. Blog post: English Learners in Chula Vista Schools Erase Achievement Gap in Math with Innovative Curriculum.

This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

Edsurge

As principal at Chula Vista School District’s Salt Creek Elementary, Lalaine Perez saw attitudes toward math bottom out in the years following the transition to California’s new Common Core standards. Students also needed support when it came to the end of year state assessments. “We Lalaine Perez Just a short drive away, Mónica Ruiz, principal at Chula Vista’s Montgomery Elementary, was facing her own math struggles.

What is the story behind Georgia Test Prep?

Georgia Test Prep

We reached out to some of the parents around us who had kids in Elementary & Middle school and talked to them and concluded that creating an online platform that can address such issues would help parents provide a strong foundation to their children. Parents can assign the homework to their children and once the student completes it, online assessment helps parents know about the performance of their child.

Writing Scaffolds to Meet Diverse Learning Needs

A Principal's Reflections

As students work to master the complex reading and writing standards demanded by the Common Core, Mrs. Montecuollo and Mrs. Westbrook collaborated to create writing scaffolds that address the diverse academic needs of their 9th grade students. As students struggled to articulate their ideas, they worried that their writing sounded “so simple” and “so elementary.” Common Core Innovation Joanna Westbrook literacy Lorraine Montecuollo New Milford High School

6 Must-Visit Websites For Every Elementary Educator

Gaggle Speaks

We’ve done some curation for you and picked out our top websites for elementary school educators. The lesson plans also include Common Core standards. The website also has assessments for grades 2-5 that are directly tied to Common Core standards. The Scholastic website has a variety of different resources to include lesson plans and an educator’s blog filled with innovative ideas for the classroom.

Preparing Students for Online Assessments with Digital Literacy Skills

edWeb.net

Online assessments are becoming more common, and students who have strong digital literacy skills often score higher on them. Students who lack these skills may not be able to effectively demonstrate mastery of key concepts in math, reading or writing on online assessments. Still, the application of the skills to demonstrate knowledge was a clear need with the use of online assessments. They can also take practice assessments using the devices.

Four Ways You Can Use Data to Create a Personalized, Teacher-Driven PD Playbook

Edsurge

Whether from formative and summative assessments or online instructional programs, data is both a powerful indicator of teaching and a driver for personalizing professional development. For example, imagine that you are an elementary school principal who is looking for opportunities to strengthen specific third grade math skills in the new school year. I worked in the same school—doors down from my wife—for three years.

@Quizizz : Say Goodbye to Worksheets and Crosswords

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Jon Corippo on episode 92 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Jon’s core PL skills are focused on 1:1 deployment, Common Core, Project Based Learning, social media skills and Lesson Design. I mean, when I started using formative assessment like this to teach binary numbers, I used to teach – binary numbers used to take seven days.

Student Learners become Leaders of Learning – a LeRoy Finkel Fellowship Follow-up

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Jefferson Elementary #TigerTechTeam, 2016. TigerTechTeam is a student led technology club, affecting positive change beyond the doors of Jefferson Elementary, a rural school in California’s Central Valley, with 100% socio-economically disadvantaged students. TigerTechTeam student leaders manage a website and blog , tutor younger peers, and participate in community nights to teach parents and families how to leverage technology to promote learning at home.

Channeling the anti-testing fervor

The Christensen Institute

Federally mandated testing has been one of the major points of discussion in Congress’s efforts this year to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). And a few weeks ago, an article on a survey conducted by the Oregon teachers union last spring to learn Oregon teachers’ opinions regarding annual state assessments observed that, “[s]urvey respondents were overwhelmingly extremely negative in their response to every question.”. Use adaptive assessment.

5 Ideas for Writing with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Jacqui Murray on episode 235 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Screencastify is an essential tool for making flipped lessons, student videos and creative formative assessments. Jacqui: You know, I’m a real fan of blogging. Tip #5: Blogging. I think blogging accomplishes so much of what we want kids to do now, which is. Blogging does all of that. Blog: [link].

Regarding Aaron Ross's Interpretation of Student Centered Learning andthe Well Rounded Student

Saving Socrates

In his post on his blog [link] , Aaron Ross suggests that their are two polar opposite approaches to the neccessity of a common core, those who want to protect and perhaps even popularize it and those who want to totally abandon it. The American notion of a common set of knowledge that all students must acquire is not unique nor is it nearly as organized by a central government that in European nations like Britain or France. (I

5 Ways to Add Morning Meetings to Special Ed Classrooms

The CoolCatTeacher

Felicia Durden on episode 170 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. And we really want to celebrate that difference, and what we have in common. Blog: [link].

How to Prepare for the SAT

Ask a Tech Teacher

Students gain exposure to rigorous content, master critical thinking skills, and have the opportunity to clarify common topical misconceptions. USATestprep is standards-aligned teacher-directed test preparation for elementary through high school. It addresses not only graduation tests like SAT and ACT but subject area summative tests and end-of-grade assessments for states, Common Core and more (including PARCC). How NOT to Assess Student Writing.

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The Reading League Journal – The Perfect Storm: Mississippi’s Momentum for Improving Reading Achievement

ExcelinEd

In 2011, 78% of 4th graders scored below proficient in reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The reform efforts included a state-funded commitment to a pre-kindergarten pilot program, a comprehensive reading policy featuring a promotion/retention component at third grade, and a required assessment of the knowledge and skills needed to teach the science of reading for aspiring elementary teachers.

15 Websites to Teach Financial Literacy

Ask a Tech Teacher

Age group: Upper elementary, middle and high school. Age group: Upper elementary. Students finish the program with an assessment of knowledge and certificates. It also includes a teacher’s guide, a series of lesson plans, and the Common Core standards addressed.

Promoting Academic Discourse in the ESL Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

A conversation with Greetzel Mojica on episode 88 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I am a 6th-grade teacher at Crestmore Elementary school in the Colton Joint Unified School District, in Southern California. And then in addition to that, it just gave me a great assessment tool to be able to assess whether they had actually mastered the type of volcano that they each had researched.

3 Websites Where You Can Find Complex Informational Texts

Catlin Tucker

As many teachers shift to the Common Core Standards, they are attempting to incorporate more complex texts and more informational/nonfiction texts into their curriculum. ” check out this blog post I wrote explaining text complexity. The articles also come with a quiz to assess comprehension and students can post a comment about what they read.

April is Financial Literacy Month–Try these Resources

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The site includes Common Core Math Standards addressed with play. It also includes a teacher’s guide, a series of lesson plans, and the Common Core standards addressed. Age group: Upper elementary, middle and high school. The app also includes which Common Core Math Standards are addressed by the gameplay. Set one game aside to play at the end of the year as a summative assessment.

3 Websites to Gamify Your Math Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Most elementary age kids I know love math, but that changes when they matriculate to middle school. DimensionU is a collection of engaging interactive multiplayer fantasy games for grades 2-10 (some can be played solo) that focus on core skills in mathematics and literacy. Content aligns with Common Core, state standards and classroom instruction. It’s aligned with Common Core State Standards and covers a majority of first-fourth grade geometry.

Website Review: Prodigy Game

Ask a Tech Teacher

aligned with Blooms Taxonomy, Common Core, ISTE, or other state/national/international standards. Prodigy is a free, adaptive math game for grades 1-7 that integrates Common Core or Ontario math into a role-playing game using a Pokemon-style wizardry theme. Grammaropolis is aligned with both national Common Core standards and Texas Expected Knowledge and Skills Objectives for grades K-6.

Math Webtools to Support Any Curriculum

Ask a Tech Teacher

Programs are geared to the particular learning of Elementary and Middle School, and Middle and High School with games and lessons aligned to state and national standards like Common Core, TEKS and MAFS. Students can track correct responses allowing it to be used as an assessment if desired. Math used to be a tedious memorization of facts and formulas.

Multiple Choice

Digital Promise

a vibrant and accessible teaching guide packed with strategies for implementing Common Core standards using UDL. Assessing an audience and figuring out how to simplify a complex topic requires higher-level thinking and demands a true understanding of a topic, Novak says. Older students in a district could collaborate with elementary teachers to produce books for the younger classes, and could even visit those classes to read to the younger students.

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Integrating Maker Education into the Curriculum

User Generated Education

An example is Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach’s program, Novel Engineering: Novel Engineering is an innovative approach to integrate engineering and literacy in elementary and middle school. Assessment : How will learners be assessed?

3 Creative Tech Tools to Teach Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

This one is well-aligned with the goals of most popular writing curricula and the Common Core Standards: To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students need to learn to use writing as a way of offering and supporting opinions, demonstrating understanding of the subjects they are studying, and conveying real and imagined experiences and events. assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

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Choosing The Right Adaptive Learning Tool

techlearning

Math RIT points on the NWEA MAP Growth Math Assessment from winter to spring, exceeding expected growth of 3.3 Stride also has the Progress Monitoring Assessments (PMAs) that can be administered four times per year.” TL Advisor Blog

8 Reasons Why Students Should Create Videos and 15 Webtools to Do That

Ask a Tech Teacher

So why shouldn’t students create videos when constructing knowledge for formative or summative assessments? That’s right out of Common Core writing standards. Students see so many slideshows in their classes, they no longer include the wow factor felt in elementary school. How do I assess a project like Movie Maker? For decades, teachers have used videos in the classroom to share information.

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Rediscovering @CK12Foundation Flexbooks And More!

The Web20Classroom

There are Flexbooks for middle school and even some for Elementary Math. All the content is Common Core aligned so you can be sure its high-quality and timely. More Instructional Materials-In additional to all this there are flashcards, lesson plans, assessments and other materials that can truly make your digital learning a complete experience. And check out the Blog there to see how other districts and classrooms are reaping the rewards of CK12 materials.

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Nevada Escapes Federal Penalty After 2015 Smarter Balanced Testing Glitches

Marketplace K-12

Cross posted from the Politics K-12 blog. In the Education Department’s March 11 letter to Nevada granting a waiver for testing requirements, Ann Whalen, who is delegated the duties of assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education, noted Nevada officials’ concerns about the validity of Smarter Balanced scores from the spring that “ resulted in many students’ inability to access tests online or, in some cases, complete the tests once accessed.”