Observing the Common Core Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

Educators across the country are grappling with the Common Core Standards and the significant changes that have come with them. With upgraded curricula and the knowledge gained from trainings teachers began in earnest this past September developing lessons to implement and assess the new standards. How do administrators tasked with observing teachers know what they are looking for in a Common Core classroom?

Discovery Education's Common Core Academies

A Principal's Reflections

Educators across America are grappling with what the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) mean for their instruction and have key questions around successful implementation: What are the core components of the CCSS and how do they impact me? How do I create assessments that align to the CCSS? They understand that successful implementation requires a focus on fundamentals: curriculum, instruction, assessment, and leadership.

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Teach the Common Core with Mastery Connect!

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Mastery Connect: Teaching the Common Core just got a whole lot easier! This is so cool because now I can sign up (for free - or upgrade) and start immediaely connecting with teachers around the country to find ''just-right'' activities and assessments that are already aligned to the common core. Access the Common Core Standards Anywhere! I found an amazing assessment to use for my lesson.

School Leadership in the Common Core Era

A Principal's Reflections

Check out their book titled Beyond Core Expectations: A Schoolwide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common Learner published by Corwin. Why we have chosen to title this work Beyond Core Expectations is twofold. Second, we advocate for the development of an action plan for educating the not-so-common learners that is research-based, achievable, and reaches beyond any current educational reform initiative for school improvement. Who Are the Not-So-Common Learners?

Get Common Core Ready: Achieve Dynamic Student-led Discussions

Catlin Tucker

Shifting to Students Designed, Facilitated & Assessed Discussions. Each class a new set of facilitators assume the role of designing, leading and assessing the in-class conversations. Interested in technology tips to help you teach the Common Core? My book Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology will be published in June 2015 by Corwin.

Cross Curricular Maker Education Activity That Addresses Common Core Standards

User Generated Education

It combines geometry concepts with a language arts activity while addressing several common core standards. Common Core State Standards Addressed. Assessment. Learning is assessed through learner self-reflections using the Google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1H0Q3rTERUuylntFbaa1tZrxVAwTSYIIReo99ow7p8uc/viewform?usp=send_form. My primary job is that of educating pre and in-service teachers with a bit of teaching elementary students along the way.

What are your favorite Common Core resources?

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Finding Resources, Assessing Progress, and Adjusting Instruction As a classroom teacher, I really enjoy finding resources that help me with my practice and that help me professionally. I first started using the Common Core App by Mastery Connect. Above, you can see a screenshot of the Common Core App. You can follow certain teachers who you think make great assessments.

Responding To Criticisms Of The Common Core

TeachThought - Learn better.

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. Myth #2: The Common Core Standards are too vague and are “dumbing down” our students.

Common Core Standards for Second Grade

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Common Core Teaching Packets from Charity Preston I''d like to introduce a new product from my good friend, Charity at The Organized Classroom Blog. This lesson pack contains everything you will need to teach, track, and display the Common Core State Standards for Grade Two! CCSS Charity Preston Common Core common core standards Common Core State Standards I can posters standards based teaching teaching with the common core The Organized Classroom Blog TOB

Free Common Core Professional Development from @TenMarks

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TenMarks Professional Development Series: September 26, 2012 4:00 PM Eastern October 17, 2012 4:00 PM Eastern On September 26th at 4pm EST, in the first of their two-part webinar series on Common Core State Standards hosted by Engaging Educators (Ben Curran and Neil Wetherbee), they''ll be discussing shifts in teaching necessary to accommodate and implement the CCSS in today''s classroom. In these trying economic times, we''ve seen many schools going through difficult budget issues.

10 Common Core Tech Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are ten of the top Common Core tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: 13 Ways Blogs Teach Common Core. Common Core Breathes Life into Keyboarding. Common Core requires publishing. Dear Otto: What are Common Core keyboarding standards? 7 Ways Common Core Will Change Your Classroom. 7 Common Core Ways to Assess Knowledge. How to Align Technology with Common Core State Standards.

Mobile Learning and the Common Core

The Mobile Native

Here are some links to get ready for the Common Core: 1. 55 Resources for meeting the Common Core 3. 3 Tools to Tackle Common Core Math Standards 4. Common Core: Assessments 5. Common Core Math 6. 11 Tech Tools to Teach the Common Core 7. 3 Useful Web Tools That Meet Common Core Standards 8. Common Core State Standards Initiative. Common Core Mobile Learning

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

Kleinspiration

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. if you post to Teachers Pay Teachers, you''ll love creating a network of followers on ClassConnect for your freebies Once you find great resources, tag them with the Common Core and share them publicly! Then, start searching for content you can use by the Common Core!

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

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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. Game-based learning is a topic we have revisited numerous times on this blog.

Don’t forget AV needs for Common Core assessments

eSchool News

Devices debuted at TCEA feature multipurpose design ideal for Common Core and state assessments. School leaders are aware that Common Core assessments will come with some new requirements, and AV equipment needs should not be overlooked. Assessments Common Core News Top News

Educators in the Middle East Tackle the Common Core

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About 200 educators will learn more about the common-core standards, which are implemented in American-curriculum private schools in the Middle East. Assessment Common Core International Education International Markets alisonburrows commoncore dubai internationaleducation middleeast normanwebb

Oregon adopts K-8 Common Core math programs

eSchool News

Common Core programs use research-based approach to help students learn reasoning, critical thinking. The Oregon State Board of Education has adopted Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready and Ready Common Core math programs for use in all K–8 classrooms across the state. Built for the CCSS, the programs were built from scratch by strictly following the Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards. Common Core News Top News

Common Core is changing how schools teach ELA and math

eSchool News

New report finds Common Core is affecting reading and math — but not test scores. States considered strong adopters of Common Core are more likely to see a de-emphasis of fiction and a decline in advanced math enrollment among middle school students thanks to adoption, according to a new report that also found a trivial difference in test scores between states that have and have not adopted the standards.

Shifts and Issues Associated With The Common Core

A Principal's Reflections

I attended another session on the Common Core State Standards today at the 2012 ASCD Annual Conference entitled Educator Readiness for the Common Core: ASCD Findings from Select States. Their number one concern is the technological capacity to teach and assess students. Compounding this issue is the fact that t here is no money to purchase what is needed to meet the expectations that will come along with these assessments. Change Common Core Opinion

Study analyzes NAEP, Common Core math alignment

eSchool News

A new study of the math alignment between the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), adopted by most states, and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the longtime barometer of academic achievement among the nation’s students, found “reasonable agreement” overall but also some areas of 4th and 8th grade math where there was less of a match. The panel found that 79 percent of NAEP items in 4th grade math assessed content included in the CCSS at grade 4 or below.

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

eSchool News

Senate action to give states more testing and evaluation flexibility, Common Core resistance continues. Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. Resistance could be costly: If fewer than 95 percent of a district’s students participate in tests aligned with Common Core standards, federal money could be withheld, although the U.S.

Five years after Common Core, a mysterious spike in failure rate among NY high school students

The Hechinger Report

Back in 2013, when New York was one of the first states in the nation to adopt Common Core standards and administer tougher tests, children’s test scores initially plummeted. After an initial drop in pass rates among eighth and ninth graders on a Common Core algebra exam in 2014-15, scores improved. In California, scores dipped among 11th graders in the spring of 2018, four years after the introduction of Common Core aligned exams.

9 Ways to Add Tech to your Lessons Without Adding Time to Your Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

Luckily, Common Core–and many State standards–provide an excellent starter list of seven ways to blend technology into your everyday teaching: have digital ebooks included in your class library. Classroom management Education reform Teacher resources common core

How a blended program can change Common Core math

eSchool News

In the past few years, the Common Core has significantly altered the landscape in terms of mathematics education. The Common Core has also required more coherence in our curriculum. As part of our push toward integrating technology and the Common Core, we adopted a new curriculum in grades K-5, called Stepping Stones , which combines print books with online student activities and a central portal for teachers.

OpenEd Launches Free Common Core Assessment Creation Tool

The 21st Century Principal

L os Gatos, CA – June 17, 2014 — OpenEd ( www.OpenEd.io ), the largest K-12 educational resource catalog, today announced a free tool designed to enable teachers to easily create assessments with the question types required by Common Core standards. OpenEd’s assessment creation tool enables educators to create tests incorporating their own questions, or existing questions automatically suggested by OpenEd’s unique educational recommendation engine.

Core Tech for Learning with ELA Common Core #ISTE2014

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One of the #ISTE2014 sessions I attended was "Core technologies for the Common Core" by Kyle Brumbaugh and Elizabeth Calhoon. They had a great introduction to the Common Core and a plethora of helpful tools. Here are some tools for assessing the quantitative measures of readability: Online-Utility.org : Determines the Flesh-Kincade Reading Level by copying and pasting the text into the box. Common Core ISTE

Common Core Standards Featured Prominently in 2013 Annual CUE Conference

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Educational leaders know that any change in pedagogy, standards and assessment would require large doses of quality professional development to implement effectively. The post Common Core Standards Featured Prominently in 2013 Annual CUE Conference appeared first on OnCUE. Common Core Standards CUE Conference

Pearson CEO Fallon Talks Common Core, Rise of ‘Open’ Resources

Marketplace K-12

He also talked about how he thinks policy shifts like the implementation of the common-core standards and the adoption of “open” educational resources are likely to affect the K-12 market, and his company’s work. Thirty percent of the company’s revenues come from assessments of one kind or another, which includes professional certification and apprenticeship programs, as well as summative exams. And it’s what enables formative and summative assessment to converge.

How Minecraft Teaches Reading, Writing and Problem Solving

Ask a Tech Teacher

This follows Common Sense Media’s seal of approval. Let’s evaluate the Common Core Reading Standards and their good fit with games: What Common Core Expects. Required to understand the game’s big picture because few are based on common knowledge.

Common Core Academy Learning Opportunities From Discovery Education

The Web20Classroom

A long time ago, Francis Bacon said that knowledge is power … This summer, teachers can empower their teaching with meaningful and actionable knowledge about the Common Core Standards at Discovery Education''s Academies! Educators will then utilize this knowledge to develop CCSS lesson plans and assessment tasks for immediate use in their ELA or content area classroom. Educators will leave with tools, including lessons and assessment tasks for immediate use.

Visual Instructional Tools Are Essential When Teaching Common Core Standards

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When I first saw the long list of my classes’ ELA Common Core Standards, I remember feeling overwhelmed and worrying about how I was going to cover all of them in a single school year. What I imagined was to take each standard, deconstruct it visually and place its core elements into a graphic organizer, and use it as a teaching tool for my students. Education Technology Common Core Policy

Common Core practice tests now available online

The Innovative Educator

From eSchool News " Site of the Week :" View more Sites of the Week The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two collections of states that are designing online tests aligned with the Common Core standards, has released online practice tests in both ELA and math for students in grades 3-8 and 11. The tests will help schools prepare for implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System in the 2014-15 school year, the organization says.

10 Ways Any Teacher Can (and Should) Use Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

Common Core tells us: New technologies have broadened and expanded the role that speaking and listening play in acquiring and sharing knowledge and have tightened their link to other forms of communication.

4 Lessons Learned From Common Core Implementation

Edutopia

Andrew Miller Common Core Some effective ways for CCSS implementation include ongoing and embedded PD, clear connection to instruction, focusing on assessment rather than testing, and leveraging teacher leaders

Where special education students are succeeding under Common Core

The Hechinger Report

Even though Ramirez is only in second grade, she’s already learning skills that hopefully will come in handy when she starts taking New York’s Common Core-aligned assessment tests next year. Gundersen is on one side of a sharp divide within the special education community that the Common Core has brought to the fore. Related: “It’s unfair” special education students lag behind under Common Core in Kentucky. Read more about Common Core.

App of the Week: Formative assessment for Common Core

eSchool News

note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from the editors of Graphite.org , a free service from Common Sense Education. Edulastic is a Web-based platform designed to help teachers assess and monitor students as they work toward mastery of the Common Core standards. Once registered, they set up their classes and begin creating assignments to assess student learning.

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.* Carlsson-Paige is professor emerita of education at Lesley University and co-author of the study “Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose,” which criticizes the Common Core standards for kindergarten. But they struggle when kids still don’t meet Developmental Reading Assessment benchmarks.

How NOT to Assess Student Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

In my school, every teacher assesses writing. If I use Common Core as an example, here’s what these Standards call out as important about writing (slightly rephrased from the Anchor Standards): Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. Gather relevant information, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

Valuable Assessment Tool For the Common Core-Aligned Classroom

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Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment. Techlearning Resources App of the Day

Nevada to Recoup $1.8M From Common-Core Group Over Testing Mishaps

Marketplace K-12

Nevada officials announced Tuesday that a common-core assessment consortium will credit the state $1.8 million as compensation for problems that derailed a spate of its assessments last year. The state’s attorney general, Adam Paul Laxalt, said the accord is part of a pre-litigation settlement with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which Nevada joined in 2010 to work together on developing tests. Marketplace K-12 Assessment Common Core vendors