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. How do administrators tasked with observing teachers know what they are looking for in a Common Core classroom? I was able to quickly select Grade 10 Language Arts and locate what I thought were the Common Core Standards being addressed in the lesson. How have you prepared to observe the 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 plan for the successful implementation of the CCSS in my classroom? As a trusted educational partner, Discovery Education has worked with thousands of educational leaders to transform teaching and learning.


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Common Core Reading Resource: Smithsonian Tween Tribune

Catlin Tucker

Interested in more 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. Sidenote: If you are wondering what the target Lexile range is for your students, check out the chart below, which is provided in Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Science, Science and Technical Studies.

STEMscopes Math Receives Top Rating from Learning List for Alignment to Common Core State Standards for Grades K-5

eSchool News

HOUSTON – July 14, 2021 – STEMscopes Math from Accelerate Learning has received the highest rating from Learning List for alignment to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Mathematical Practices for grades K-5. STEMscopes Math is a core mathematics program for grades K-5.

With @ClassDojo - Go Paperless, Reach Common Core Standards, & Enhance Engagement!


Record student information - without paper Attendance: During the beginning of they year, my students loved entering the classroom and touching their Dojo Character to mark themselves present for the day. Each graph can be easily shared with parents, teachers, special education directors, etc. Classroom Behavior: Class Dojo was designed to track student behavior and encourage positive interactions. Students could earn points for following the classroom expectations.

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. That is where the Common Core sets the bar.

Join the @MasteryConnect Community and Connect with A World of Common Core!


Mastery Connect = Your Home for Common Core Mastery Connect was putting together resources for the Common Core before the Common Core was even adopted by many of the states. They truly are the leader in all things Common Core! Grab the Free Common Core App! You can easily start to follow teachers who are part of the Common Core Mastery Connect community and begin sharing resources to use in your classroom!

Get Common Core Ready: Achieve Dynamic Student-led Discussions

Catlin Tucker

Note: For educators interested in incorporating online discussions into their curriculum, my first book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 provides resources and strategies to support this shift. It includes my dos and don’t for online communication, strategies students can use to ensure they are saying something substantial online, a collection of online icebreakers, and tips for weaving online work back into the classroom! . Weaving Online Discussions Into the Classroom.

Free Common Core Professional Development from @TenMarks


In the past few years, we''ve seen a move toward professional developments that can you can participate in online, from your classroom, kitchen, or anywhere else you can get connected. This movement was really very teacher driven, with wikis and google spaces and chats such as the New Teacher Chat popping up, followed by a number of educational companies entering the mix. They are the co-founders of Engaging Educators , a firm dedicated to helping teachers engage the future.

Find and Pin All of Your Favorite Common Core Activities with @MasteryConnect!


Easily Find, Pin, and Save All of Your Common Core Resources One of the most popular ways in which educators collaborate using social media is through pinning. Mastery Connect is my favorite resource for all things Common Core. Then, they launched their social platform where you can connect with other teachers, share resources, and get amazing ideas to bring to your classroom.

Interactive Math Practice with @IXLLearning that is Common Core Aligned!


I''ve met with most of them in person, had dinner with them, traveled across the country to visit them, used them with my own children and in my classroom, and I continue chat with them all of the time. I only endorse companies I firmly believe in for education. common core math education IXL IXL Learning IXLLearning math enrichment math games for kids math intervention math practice math software online math program online math programs teaching technology

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. share your lessons and resources with colleagues and students with one click - upload your own content and flip your classroom - if you like Teachers Pay Teachers, you''ll love the freebies on ClassConnect! -

TPACK And The Common Core Webinar

The Web20Classroom

This Saturday at Noon EST, I will be a guest of the Classroom 2.0 Show where I will be talking about the relationship between the Common Core and TPACK. Speaking of archives, if you haven''t checked out the Classroom 2.0 What a great place to find loads of great webinars and educations topics. Common Core TPACK webinar If you haven''t heard a lot about TPACK or you want to learn more about it, this is a very fun format to join in the learning.

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. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

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

The best BYOD tech tools for the Common Core classroom

eSchool News

With just 4 categories and less than a dozen tools, educators can hit a lot of Common Core standards. I recently had the pleasure of spending a few hours in a friend’s classroom where I introduced her students to technology applications that would engage them in “showing what they know” at different points in their learning. 21st Century Skills Common Core Digital Learning and Tools byod Google simple tech

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. The two facilitators shared input from educators in four states about the standards and the assistance needed to integrate them into schools and classrooms. Utah educators were most concerned about the availability of professional development offerings.

Personalized learning and Common Core: Mortal enemies?

The Hechinger Report

It’s a dilemma facing a growing number of schools and districts that have jumped onto a new tech-fueled trend in education known as “personalized learning.”. The new educational philosophy has spread from Maine to Silicon Valley, propelled by new technology making it easier for a classroom of students to work on different tasks and by passionate proponents who see it as the future for an American education system that badly needs updating.

SAMR Through the Lens of the Common Core

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

One of my goals is to weave digital tools into the Common Core to design flexible, student driven learning experiences that are Above the Line as defined by the SAMR model. As education leaders incorporate the CCSS into school systems, P21 urges them to do so in a way that honors the fusion of the 3R''s (core academic content mastery) and 4C''s (critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, communication and creativity and innovation).

327 Common Core Aligned Playlists from MentorMob & LearnZillion

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

MentorMob and LearnZillion have teamed up to create a comprehensive collection of Common Core aligned learning playlists perfect for providing students with easy access to guided learning experiences. Currently there are 327 Common Core aligned playlists ready and available for free on the MentorMob site. The newly added LearnZillion Common Core aligned lessons focus on the use of narrated video for instruction.

Creatively Teach the Common Core with Technology

Catlin Tucker

Educators today are facing two major shifts in education–a move to the Common Core Standards and increasing pressure to teach students with the technology they’ll be expected to use in their lives beyond high school. Both seasoned educators and those new to the teaching profession must confront these daunting challenges, which demand fundamental changes in the way teachers teach and students learn.

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. As a result, our district, Worthington City Schools in Ohio, has narrowed the amount of topics we cover at each grade level, diving deeper into each topic in order to gain solid conceptual understanding, a high degree of procedural skill and fluency, and the ability to apply math to solve problems inside and outside the classroom.

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! As a trusted educational partner, Discovery Education has worked with thousands of educational leaders to transform teaching and learning. Educators will leave with tools, including lessons and assessment tasks for immediate use.

A Free App To Download Today and Use Tomorrow from @IXLLearning - Common Core Math: PreK - Geometry


simple to use free - you can get started by using the app as a guest TONS of concepts to choose from reinforces what I already do in the classroom Step 1 : download the IXL Math Practice App Step 2 : select your grade level Step 3 : select your concept Step 4 : select your skill Step 5 : have fun practicing For More Information: Interactive Math Practice with IXL Learning that is Common Core Aligned! Introducing the NEW IXL Math App!

Textbooks, Curricula Failing to Align with Common Core

K-12 Schools - Education News

Back in 2010 when Common Core arrived in New York, Cheryl Schafer, a veteran math teacher, soon saw that the materials teachers were given were not what they needed to teach the new national standards. Matt Collette of The Daily Beast writes that even now, the majority of textbooks are not aligned with the national standards and the resulting burden on classroom teachers is huge since their performance is often tied to students’ test scores based on Common Core standards.

New Year, New Tests: Common Core Assessments Are Here!

Where Learning Clicks

The 2014-15 academic school year is a big one for Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Schools in many states have been working on adopting the college and career-ready standards in classrooms for four years and it is now time to measure student progress against these standards. Outside the Classroom Common Core Education Reform Standardized Testing

Where special education students are succeeding under Common Core

The Hechinger Report

The b has a belly and the d has a tushy,” says Yulizabeth, who, because of a speech and language disability, has an Individualized Education Program, or IEP. 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. While most students struggle with these tests, none are struggling more than New York’s special education students.

Visual Instructional Tools Are Essential When Teaching Common Core Standards


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

How the first Common Core state is seeing faster student gains

Insight Education Group

Kentucky has been in the news a lot in recent years when it comes to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). As I have said in many past posts and conversations with educators - and as Kentucky has proved - the Common Core is a marathon, not a sprint. Dr. Michael Moody is the Founder and CEO of Insight Education Group. Contributing regularly to the blog, Michael is always excited to start or join a conversation about h elping educators grow.

Elementary school teachers struggle with Common Core math standards

The Hechinger Report

Cookies and math tend to go together in an elementary school classroom. You have to think that you’re not dividing up the cookies, you are seeing how many times ¼ can fit into 12,” explained Juli Dixon, professor of mathematics education at the University of Central Florida. “It’s If the Common Core is to improve the math education of U.S. Deborah Ball, dean University of Michigan School of Education. Read more about the Common Core.

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

Marketplace K-12

Few corporate brand names in education are as recognizable, and as polarizing, as Pearson, the giant education provider whose reach extends to virtual schools, testing, language training and an array of other areas. Many educators these days see Pearson as the embodiment of commercial businesses’ continued push to turn profits from public schools. We’re very confident that our products are aligned to the common core.

Vivid Vocabulary, Common Core, & Tech Integration Tools


Research shows that vocabulary acquisition plays a huge role in student learning, therefore requires attention in the classroom. With the shifts of the Common Core , students need to spend time learning both Tier 2 and Tier 3 words in a variety of ways. By interacting with vocabulary, students absorb the word''s meaning and learn to appropriately use it in a variety of contexts ( Common Core Appendix A ).

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.

Writing 2.0: Technology-Rich Approach to Common Core Writing


Therefore, every classroom must teach digital literacy as part of literacy, and not something separate. Common Core writing requires students to create and publish writing online, and to interact and collaborate with others. Furthermore, know if there are any non-disclosures in your classroom. 21st Century Learning blog collaboration Common Core Digital Citizenship Professional Development What skills are most desired by employers?

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.* 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. Education standards have always been implemented in a variety of ways.