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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! CCSS Class Connect ClassConnect Common Core dropbox free lessons Pinterest The SMART Exchange

Does Common Core Ask Too Much of Kindergarten Readers?

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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.

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

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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. One of the tablets in use in Jessica Howard’s classroom at Field Elementary.

Common Core: Addressing Text Complexity through Digital Resources

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Those of us who are transitioning to Common Core standards know that text complexity will affect the rigor in our classrooms. The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) issued a letter informing us they will increase the text complexity as well as higher Lexile levels on the current AIMS test this year to help transition to the PARCC assessment. ATOS analyzer -- On this site you can find the ATOS scores of books as well as your own documents.

Ongoing Assessment of New Balanced Literacy

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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.

6 Must-Visit Websites For Every Elementary Educator

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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. Turn your students into researchers while they sift through interviews, historical documents and photographs. There are lesson plans available in all of the core areas.

3 Websites Where You Can Find Complex Informational Texts

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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. Once they’ve selected a theme, they can view the texts that have been paired with that theme at a range of reading levels from elementary into high school.

Integrating Maker Education into the Curriculum

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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?

Happy Holidays & a Look Back on the Best of 2012 from @KleinErin at Kleinspiration

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Create rich, multimedia experiences with videos, photos, music, blogs, documents and more. Please take a moment and visit the sponsor of this site: - Mastery Connect : ( click here ) MasteryConnect makes it simple to share and discover common formative assessments and track mastery of state and Common Core standards. Thank you all for helping to make 2012 very merry!

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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.”

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

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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. Simplify communication, collaboration, and document sharing. Bottom line: Effortlessly fun quizzing that can lead to productive formative assessment and student reflection if implemented effectively.

California voters poised to gut English-only instruction law

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Derrick Fields, 9, works on his assignment during a Spanish-language history lesson at Sherman Elementary School in San Diego, California. Last spring, Derrick Fields, 9, sat in his social studies classroom at Sherman Elementary School, learning about the creation of the telegraph. And such programs are becoming more common, even without legislative support. That’s a common situation. Related: For teachers of English learners, Common Core means double the work.

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

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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. I use a document camera to help with this, so the class can see the game pieces as we play. Take anecdotal notes and/or informally assess children in meaningful contexts.

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

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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

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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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In the news, they are painted as an eclectic mix of cutting-edge vigilante and binary terrorist, with secret documents, scary viral threats, and national security all a part of their tools and struggle. I was taught basic computer coding in the 1980s in elementary school. It’s difficult to lead from behind, and schools have stayed far behind the curve, in part, by the core mechanic of their design–curriculum.

Bilingual battle brewing in California…again

The Hechinger Report

Derrick Fields, 9, works on his assignment during a Spanish-language history lesson at Sherman Elementary School in San Diego, California. Last spring, Derrick Fields, 9, sat in his social studies classroom at Sherman Elementary School, learning about the creation of the telegraph. And such programs are becoming more common, even without legislative support. That’s a common situation. Related: For teachers of English learners, Common Core means double the work.

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However, what does that look like for early elementary grades (K-3)? Technology Integration and the Common Core by Andrew Miller The CCSS call us to integrate technology in intentional and meaningful ways to have students meet rigorous standards. See examples at varying grade levels of successful PBL projects aligned to Common Core and ISTE NET Standards and for various subject areas.

Lesson Study? There’s an App for That

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One of the standards for mathematical practice in the Common Core is to “ construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. You can map out during the class period how much time was spent on lecture, how much time was spent on student-to-student interaction, which in many ways is the direction Common Core is going,” Kauffmann said. In the 1960s, Japanese elementary education was very teacher-centered and rote.

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Lesson Study: When Teachers Team Up to Improve Teaching

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Marna Wolak’s fifth grade students at Sanchez Elementary in San Francisco are gathered on the rug for a “number talk.” Lesson study is a common professional development practice in Japan and is slowly gaining popularity in the U.S.; In San Francisco, many teachers are using the practice to help shift teaching practices towards the requirements of the Common Core State Standards.

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Best EdTech of 2016

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In 2016 the Common Sense Education editorial staff evaluated close to 170 apps, games, and websites for learning potential and classroom implementation. Perfect for English language learners and struggling readers, CommonLit is a free digital library of ready-to-print leveled texts -- news articles, poems, short stories, and historical documents. Zearn has two big strengths that set it apart from other elementary digital math curricula.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Politico : Stolen “emails from the Democratic National Committee show DNC Deputy Communications Director Eric Walker telling his colleagues to avoid mentioning the Common Core in a video. Via Gawker : “ Black Elementary School Teacher Body-Slammed By Cop and Lectured on ‘Violent Tendencies’ of Black People.” ” The program in question: The Global Assessment Certificate program. Presidential Campaign Politics. Convention Week #2.

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Education Technology and Data Insecurity

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As a set of policies, accountability was instantiated in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2002, and reinforced by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. ESSA gives more autonomy and flexibility to states than they had under NCLB through competency-based assessments, which could drive the development of personalized learning technologies.

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