Common Core Standards for Second Grade


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!

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


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. Then, start searching for content you can use by the Common Core!

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Core Tech for Learning with ELA Common Core #ISTE2014


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. Common Core ISTE

Does Common Core Ask Too Much of Kindergarten Readers?


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.* But they struggle when kids still don’t meet Developmental Reading Assessment benchmarks.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

Draw on Student Interests to Make the Common Core Work for You

Educator Innovator

This was originally posted at Common Sense Graphite. As the new school year begins, articles and resources dedicated to helping teachers develop curriculum and assessments aligned to the Common Core literacy standards are popping up everywhere. The best part: survey data is a perfect way to help students meet Common Core Writing Anchor Standards 6 and 7, which focus on using technology to produce writing and conduct research.

Common Core: Addressing Text Complexity through Digital Resources


Those of us who are transitioning to Common Core standards know that text complexity will affect the rigor in our classrooms. ATOS analyzer -- On this site you can find the ATOS scores of books as well as your own documents. The Internet is a key resource for text complexity.

Fun Assessment for Silent Sustained Reading

Catlin Tucker

The challenge for me was to design an “assessment” that was meaningful. I had tried everything from the traditional book report style assessment to more creative movie trailers, but I didn’t feel like they accomplished what I wanted from a silent sustained reading assessment.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


Using everyday digital content, the COR paper and online assessments directly connect to the questions posed in SHEG’s study and engage learners in credibility decision-making around three COR Competencies: Who’s behind the information? Beyond the Bubble History Assessments.

Ongoing Assessment of New Balanced Literacy


Policastro, McTague, and Mazeski bring the collective expertise of university professors and veteran teachers to bear in this thoroughly researched and well-documented book to assist educators as they develop formative assessment practices, says Nancy Chodoroff.

Merit Prep Sets Student Goals One Playlist at a Time


In Onyemaobi’s case, Spark generated a learning document that estimated how long it would take her to learn about body systems and helped her teacher develop a customized “playlist” of online and paper resources she could work on individually. A formal assessment on key terms then closed the loop, but Onyemaobi’s presentation could now become part of the playlists her teacher puts together for future students. “If

Learn Why @Edusight is an awesome Portfolio Tool For Documenting Student Achievement


Jeff sits down with Vikram to discuss why Edusight is simply the best standards-based portfolio to help teachers document student achievement. The post Learn Why @Edusight is an awesome Portfolio Tool For Documenting Student Achievement appeared first on TeacherCast.

Learn Why EduSight is an awesome Portfolio Tool For Documenting Student Achievement | @EduSight


Jeff sits down with Vikram to discuss why EduSight is simply the best standards-based portfolio to help teachers document student achievement. Edusight is a standards-based portfolio to help teachers document student learning with grades, notes, photos, and audio/video comments.

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The Four Biggest Challenges to Implementing Maine's Proficiency-Based Diploma


The Maine DOE defines proficiency-based education as an academic assessment approach that requires students to demonstrate mastery of certain skills before they progress to the next lesson, get promoted to the next grade level, or receive a diploma. Could we design a system that effectively and explicitly synchronizes the transcript document AND the diploma document? Maine has long been an innovator in education, stemming back to the Maine Learning Technology Initiative.

The Assessment Range: Using Data To Meaningfully Affect Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

The Assessment Range: Using Data In The Classroom To Meaningfully Affect Learning. If you don’t already have a plan for the data before giving the assessment, you’re already behind. These are industrial documents. What Should Assessments “Do”?

Open School ePortfolio for Authentic Assessment

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

An ePortfolio is a collection of student work that is used to document effort, progress, and achievement over time. ePortfolios are powerful tools for authentic assessment because they require teachers and students to dig deeper than a multiple choice test.

Critical Literacy Across the Curriculum

A Principal's Reflections

You will hear from a science teacher, a social studies teacher, and an art teacher as each provides her take on how the Common Core and 21st Century learning goals affect what goes on in the classroom. Common Core Standards Addressed: WHST.9-10.6;

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Teach the Common Core Standards with Ease via Mastery Connect MasteryConnect makes it simple to share and discover common formative assessments and track mastery of state and Common Core standards.

Reading for the Jaded Student & All: Curriculet partners with USA Today

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

In addition to its free on-demand digital library filled with popular books, Curriculet now allows students to read news articles with embedded assessments that develop literacy skills and build subject area knowledge. common core curriculet digital Reading

Creating Skills Assessment Rubrics Revised and Aligned with Blooms & CCSS

Saving Socrates

The past week I have been spending a lot of time revamping Magen David''s Skills assessment rubrics to align them to the Common Core. Because Magen David is a regents school, we need to align our curriculum to the common core and this is a fundamental part of the process. Compounding this task was the simple fact that the common core''s language is extremely confusing and often repetitive.

State Testing Disruptions Likely Produced Dips and Gains in Student Scores, Study Says

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The disruptions in online assessments that roiled Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota in the spring of 2015 appear to have had both negative and positive effects on individual students’ test scores, according to a new analysis. The independent analysis released Friday was conducted by the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment , a research and consulting nonprofit hired by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium , the group that sponsored the exams.

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Readability Tech Tools for ELA Standards


Here are some tools for assessing the quantitative measures of readability: : Determines the Flesh-Kincade Reading Level by copying and pasting the text into the box. Evernote : This tool is great for note taking, keeping documents organized, and annotating documents.

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Why We Need to Move Away from SMART Goals and Towards New Forms of Classroom Assessment


My district has taken on new initiatives the past few years (as all districts do) to solve the well-documented, disconnected nature between high school graduates and workplace preparedness. We have aligned English Language Arts curriculum to the North Dakota Common Core State Standards, and redesigned units to address possible gaps. The reconfiguring and implementation of these two areas—curriculum and assessment—undoubtedly costs money and time.

How to Prepare Students for PARCC/SBACC Tests

Ask a Tech Teacher

I polled my PLN to find specific tech areas students needed help with in preparing for the Assessments. Pay attention to these and your students will be much more prepared for this Spring’s Common Core assessments: Keyboarding. Common Core requires this.

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Silent Reading vs. Independent Reading: What’s the Difference? (plus digital tools to assess IR)

Reading By Example

Teacher monitoring, assessing, and support during IR. The authors also cite the Common Core Anchor Standard that addresses independent reading: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.10. Assessing Independent Reading. The challenge then is: how do I assess independent reading? Next is a list of tools that I have observed teachers using for assessing independent reading. This is an iPad application that allows the user to draw, type, and add images to a single document.

3 Free/Freemium Tools for Rubrics

Ask a Tech Teacher

Rubrics are a well-accepted, even transformative tool for assessing student knowledge over a breadth of criteria. The pre-online versions weren’t dynamic or flexible, couldn’t be re-used, and few teachers had the time or energy to build these summative, purpose-built assessments.

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What is Kiddom? Why is it right for you? And free resources to inform your teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

The ideal would be to have all assignments, assessment, and submittals for each student curated in one spot that automatically updates as the year progresses–and provides actionable reports. Teachers create assessments aligned with pre-selected standards.

What is Standards-based Grading?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Today, many educators want to not only evaluate progress at a point in time but optimize that against the ongoing standards their school mission is built on such as Common Core, International Baccalaureate, NGSE, or TEKS. Teachers create assessments aligned with pre-selected standards.

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. The articles also come with a quiz to assess comprehension and students can post a comment about what they read.

3 Digital Tools to Encourage Close Reading

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Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, 2011, p. A document can be opened from within the app, an email, or a wide variety of cloud locations like Dropbox and Google Drive. Long documents take a while to open. All content is Common Core-aligned.

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Resource Review: Mentoring Minds

Ask a Tech Teacher

Through their dashboard, teachers can identify which students have mastered specific standards, what learning goals should come next for each student, and which students require in-depth interventions to meet the standard(s) being assessed.


Technology Tidbits

Cleaner Interface: A polished, streamlined functionality lets users more easily navigate existing features including polling for instant feedback, a real-time assessment center, blogging capabilities and classroom organization tools.

What is Actively Learn and Why Should I Try it?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Actively Learn is a freemium online education platform that allows students to read a book (or some other document), make comments, answer questions posed by the teacher, and even collaborate with others.

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How to Create a Curriculum Map

Ask a Tech Teacher

A Curriculum Map first and foremost is a planning tool, a procedure for examining and organizing curriculum that allows educators to determine how content, skills and assessments will unfold over the course of the year. assessments.

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Technology Tidbits

Cleaner Interface: A polished, streamlined functionality lets users more easily navigate existing features including polling for instant feedback, a real-time assessment center, blogging capabilities and classroom organization tools.