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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.

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

The Hechinger Report

As is often the case, there was singing going on in Room 2 of Kenwood Elementary one Friday afternoon. Strong language skills are key as part of the state’s Common Core standards. Yet it’s hard to determine from looking at the state’s testing data how successful schools have been in closing the achievement gap between these students and their peers since Common Core was implemented.

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Preparing Students for Online Assessments with Digital Literacy Skills

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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.

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

3 Creative Tech Tools to Teach Writing

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If you look it up in the Free Dictionary, you find this definition: The act or process of producing and recording words in a form that can be read and understood. What they have defined as ‘writing’ is actually writing conventions, tools, and activities rather than its purpose, goals, and definition. Let’s look at a different definition, this one from Merriam-Webster: …the way you use written words to express ideas or opinions. Elementary-High School.

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Response to the Claim that K has Become the New 1st Grade

Saving Socrates

Also, elementary school should not be unstructured lacking a scope and sequence of learning or curriculum. It needs to have a sequential curriculum and assess the performance outcomes of student growth to begin to target any students who might be at risk to fall behind. Delaying assessment and support simply delays fixing an issue or denying one exists. The author claims this is the same approach as the Common Core, which he/she trashes as top down driven and corporate.

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Massachusetts once had the best state test in the country. Will it again?

The Hechinger Report

As rain poured outside on the chilly evening of February 24, a group of Arlington elementary school parents was imagining a sunnier place — Dorothy’s trip down the yellow brick road. The exam, known as PARCC — which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers — was aligned to the Common Core, a set of national educational standards for what students should be able to do in each grade in English and math. Read more about Common Core.

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!

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Chapters are organized around the familiar principles of the writing workshop: student choice, active revision, studying author’s craft, publication beyond the classroom, and assessment of both product and process. ClassConnect : click here donating a $50 Visa Gift Card 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.”

The delusional ways we evaluate English learners

The Hechinger Report

Second-graders at Dunn Elementary in Kentucky. Related: Closing gap for immigrant students under Common Core in Kentucky is a moving target. First, these students — by definition — have not yet mastered English. Based on federal definitions of English learners, these students are supposed to be those who can’t demonstrate content knowledge on exams because of language. Photo: Luba Ostashevsky. Around 5 million children in U.S.

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43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms

Graphite Blog

Some tools definitely have more potential than others. Bottom line: Practice core subject skills with fun games at school or at home. Target skills and differentiate with dynamic practice and assessments. Bottom line: Rich with content-aligned assessments, printable worksheets, and progress analytics. Bottom line: Effortlessly fun quizzing that can lead to productive formative assessment and student reflection if implemented effectively.

An alternative to differentiated math centers that’s easier, faster, AND more effective

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Math centers or workstations where kids are all involved in different activities are a fundamental part of many elementary classrooms. But centers are also a tremendous amount of work for the teacher, as both differentiation and assessment can be time consuming and difficult. Take anecdotal notes and/or informally assess children in meaningful contexts. How do I give closure and assess the math partner game time?

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

The Hechinger Report

Indeed, despite the buzz around personalized learning, there’s no simple recipe for success, and the common ingredients — such as adaptive-learning technology and student control over learning — can backfire if poorly implemented. Bits of student performance data are only just starting to trickle out of the pilot schools, so it’s too early to assess most of them quantitatively. Most Basecamp schools make a lot of changes to the platform’s lesson plans, projects and assessments.

43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms

Graphite Blog

Some tools definitely have more potential than others. Tons of options, though pesky ads can annoy without a subscription Bottom line: Practice core subject skills with fun games at school or at home. Target skills and differentiate with dynamic practice and assessments Bottom line: Rich with content-aligned assessments, printable worksheets, and progress analytics.

43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms

Graphite Blog

Some tools definitely have more potential than others. Tons of options, though pesky ads can annoy without a subscription Bottom line: Practice core subject skills with fun games at school or at home. Target skills and differentiate with dynamic practice and assessments Bottom line: Rich with content-aligned assessments, printable worksheets, and progress analytics.

Shifting From A Curriculum Of Insecurity To A Curriculum Of Wisdom

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I was taught basic computer coding in the 1980s in elementary school. But instead placing reading and writing at the core of all content, as it functions, it is segmented into a class of its own, where teachers in the United States struggle with as many as five sets of Common Core Standards, each with dozens of standards. Let’s say that one definition of digital literacy might be “the ability to interpret and design nuanced communication across digital forms.”

Lesson Study: When Teachers Team Up to Improve Teaching

MindShift

Marna Wolak’s fifth grade students at Sanchez Elementary in San Francisco are gathered on the rug for a “number talk.” It felt like during the number talk there was some steering towards Kiara’s thinking about a number line, so I’m wondering if other students were thinking number line is something I should definitely be using today.”. Lesson study is a common professional development practice in Japan and is slowly gaining popularity in the U.S.;

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What Do Sixth Graders Say About Learning With Games? It Works

MindShift

Attempts to use games as assessments ruin the playful experiences that make them an effective learning tool, he said. At the core of gaming is the concept of a challenge, and a player’s journey to meet it. I definitely learned a lot, but it was not as fun, not as interesting,” he said. In the sticky May humidity, Selkirk wrote definitions on the whiteboard with a squeaky black marker while the class fidgeted and copied them down. By Alexandria Neason.

How A Strengths-Based Approach to Math Redefines Who Is “Smart”

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Collaboration and Equity in the Elementary Math Classroom. To combat that, a core part of Complex Instruction is to teach with a strengths-based approach, rather than only seeing student deficits. You definitely can’t fake these moments,” said Yuka Walton, a seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher at James Denman Middle School in San Francisco.