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Elementary school teachers struggle with Common Core math standards

The Hechinger Report

2, 2014 photo, teacher Joy Burke surprises her students with homemade cookies as they leave their fifth grade class at John Hay Elementary school in Seattle. Cookies and math tend to go together in an elementary school classroom. Read more about the Common Core.

Owl Eyes: The Must-Get Web-App for Classical Literature Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Literature teachers are sure to be excited! Owl Eyes does several things for reading literature: You can create a classroom and invite students. You can assign texts for students to read. Click to see Owl Eyes. How Do Annotations Work? How to Use Owl Eyes.

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. This means the ability to think across grades and connect major topics within grades.

Does Common Core Ask Too Much of Kindergarten Readers?

MindShift

Sandwiched between preschool and first grade, kindergarteners often start school at very different stages of development depending on their exposure to preschool, home environments and biology. There’s a wide age range for learning to read,” said Nancy Carlsson-Paige on KQED’s Forum program.

Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair?

The Hechinger Report

Esteves, age 10, is a fourth-grader at Roberto Clemente Elementary School in Newark, N.J., She moved to Newark with her family at age 4. Esteves’ teacher gives her books to take home, part of the school’s push to keep students reading outside of school.

In Texas, new math standards look a whole lot like Common Core

The Hechinger Report

Third grade math teacher Karen Demore says her students at New Frontiers Charter School need to understand math as a journey, not just a series of right or wrong answers. As Demore moved on to the next part of the lesson, the textbooks stayed closed. Read more about the Common Core.

How one innovative school district has closed gaps on harder Common Core tests

The Hechinger Report

But bright spots across the state could provide lessons for how California might do better in the future. Wiseburn’s superintendent, Tom Johnstone, says the scores are the result of a combination of efforts, but he’s especially proud of how the district revamped the way math is taught.

Common Core: Addressing Text Complexity through Digital Resources

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I frequently see people use the Internet to look up recipes, movie listings, and news; however, I still don''t see it as a natural source for engaging rigorous learning in the classroom. This is where teachers get to "teach" by providing guidance and scaffolding for the students.

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

The Hechinger Report

Field Elementary teacher Jessica Rockhold works with Remy Campbell on a smart board in her classroom. But to expect that the Common Core – or any standards – alone will move the needle is overreaching, he said. And we’ve got to reframe that.”.

BoomWriter Delivers a Free Common Core Aligned Personalized Literacy Tool

The 21st Century Principal

BoomWriter is an award-winning educational technology resource that is free for teachers and allows their students to create, share, and even publish stories and other original content. BoomWriter’s interactive collaborative writing platform lets teachers deliver a fun and engaging personalized learning experience, while elementary, middle, and high school age students work online to develop their reading, writing, and peer assessment skills.

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. Four 6-year-olds sat cross-legged around teacher Dyan Ogbe as she asked each to give their own ending to a song by saying what they’d buy with different amounts of money.

English + Common Core + Mobile = Success in Learning Poster Session at ISTE 2014

Education with Technology

In my ISTE Sunday 8-10 am poster session, I demonstrate many diverse mobile activities to help students achieve the English Language Arts Common Core Anchor Statements through mobile devices. The mobile activities focus on free common tool apps that are available on both the Android and the iPad. The students use the apps as a seamless tools with which to show their demonstration of the Anchor Statements. ” The teachers ask their students to pair up.

How to Teach STEM Every Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

Science is our natural world, from the land we live on to the oceans and space we aspire to visit. It’s the weather that changes our picnic plans to the natural disaster that destroyed a town in our own state. According to the U. Classroom Architect.

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How to Prepare for the SAT

Ask a Tech Teacher

For many, it represents a last desperate attempt to qualify for the college of their dreams. I’ve based my selections on the following criteria: ease of use — accounts are easy to set up with access to both the site and materials quick and intuitive.

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Tangrams: A Cross Curricular, Experiential Unit

User Generated Education

Now that I am back in the classroom two days a week teaching gifted elementary students, I can do and report on the cross curricular units I plan and implement. There are several guiding factors that I use to design my units: They need to be hands-on and experiential.

How to help struggling young readers

The Hechinger Report

The end of third grade is a turning point for young readers; it’s where skilled readers take off, finally able to competently read a variety of texts, and struggling readers teeter off track, often unable to ever catch up. The students mumbled to each other for several seconds.

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This Toolkit Helps Take the Stress Out of State Testing

Edsurge

If you’re an educator, the weeks leading up to state testing are likely some of the most stressful and demanding days in your year. At Edmentum , it’s our goal to put educators first in everything we do. One of the ways we do this is by working hard to make teachers' lives easier during the busiest times of the academic year. We believe that when test day rolls around, students’ scores should reflect their content knowledge—not their ability to decode the test itself.

5 Ways to Add Morning Meetings to Special Ed Classrooms

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Felicia Durden shares methods behind having a powerful morning meeting in special education classrooms. From routine to celebrations, we talk about how to start the day well in special education classrooms. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq.

3 Teacher Money Making Opportunities Using Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Jessica Gordon @1337teach shares three ways teachers can use technology to make money this summer (or anytime.) Download the transcript of this show or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show.

Project Pals: The Perfect PBL Software for Project Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Starting from a template that you’ve designed to guide your students through the project, they can collaborate or work together to explore, learn, brainstorm, and create. In this post, I’ll share how this app works and my thoughts on how you can use it in your classroom.

A Novel Idea For Student Writing

CUE

Jessie was an angry 8th grader, a fiery girl who had far better things to do than listen to a teacher and do homework. How cool is that? to be honest, I was terrified). Between you and me, it doesn’t have to be November. Student novels.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

The Hechinger Report

Small-group math work at Prairie Oak Elementary in Berwyn North School District 98 where, two years ago, just 14 percent of third-graders were able to do grade-level math. It leads to the analytic, higher-level thinking that’s increasingly important.”.

Peer Instruction 3.0 – When students do the teaching…with video

Turn to Your Neighbor

Inaugural Neighborhood Innovators: Bretzmann, Cernaro, Lovdahl, Morris, Thomasson (Left to Right). WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD . The Neighborhood is a special Turn To Your Neighbor series where we invite innovative educators from around the globe to discuss a variety of education topics. . In this inaugural post of The Neighborhood, five classroom teachers from across grade levels discuss what happens when students teach each other using video.

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The chasm between math research and classroom practice

Dangerously Irrelevant

An example is the way we teach math content in elementary and middle schools. In contrast, the students who first received procedural instruction on how to solve an equation tended to resist new ideas and appeared to apply procedures without understanding.

Video as a Tool to Understand CCSS Mathematical Practices

A Principal's Reflections

Success at the Core is a free resource available to teachers and leaders to assist in the successful implementation of the Common Core Standards. All materials are designed to complement—not supplant—existing school improvement initiatives. Video, print, and online materials can be selected by leadership teams or teachers, and tailored to fit their needs. I began the session with a video of an elementary-school child working through a word problem.

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Motivating Ourselves to a More Epic Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Trevor Muir crafts his classroom around a story. He uses the “hero’s journey” to make his classroom more epic. His students make books to celebrate local heroes. The goal is to make his classroom more epic and I think he has succeeded!

Avoid the One-Size-Fits-All Classroom

Catlin Tucker

When I volunteer in my children’s elementary classrooms (1st and 3rd grade), I am struck by how frequently the teacher finds time to work directly with small groups of students to offer additional support, review concepts, assess understanding, and practice skills.

Student Learners become Leaders of Learning – a LeRoy Finkel Fellowship Follow-up

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Jefferson Elementary #TigerTechTeam, 2016. TigerTechTeam is a student led technology club, affecting positive change beyond the doors of Jefferson Elementary, a rural school in California’s Central Valley, with 100% socio-economically disadvantaged students.

SMATH: How to Turn 2 Subjects Into 1 Super-Class

Edsurge

As educators, we always encourage our students to work together; we promise them two heads are better than one. But with so much happening in our individual classrooms, we teachers often don’t take our own good advice. Piedmont Elementary in Alabama, we decided to finally try it. We realized combining classes could help us integrate science and math standards, while team-teaching would allow us to differentiate instruction. Here’s how we did it: How smath works.

Four Ways You Can Use Data to Create a Personalized, Teacher-Driven PD Playbook

Edsurge

I knew she was a good teacher, but in all that time, I never had the opportunity to watch her in her own classroom. As someone who now leads professional development for educators, I know that teachers rarely get to see each other teach. While it can be hard to share out the myriad of little things teachers do that are so effective, we do have a tool that can help—data. When looking at data, it’s easiest to start with what you know.

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

MindShift

Researchers say many high-poverty kindergarten classrooms don’t teach enough math and the few lessons on the subject are often too basic. Understanding and being able to work with numbers “is a fundamental skill for success in almost any occupation you might choose,” said economist Greg J.

DOGO News: current events and non-fiction for your classroom

iLearn Technology

What it is: DOGO News is a great place for kids to learn about current events, read non-fiction articles, and access customized content that you curate. DOGO Teachers allows you to create a special page for your students. Each article lists the Common Core Standards it meets, and the grade levels it is appropriate for. The site is very easy for kids to navigate. Our students love to read an article as a class and then search for biases.

Practical examples of social media in elementary school

The Innovative Educator

His insights have helped inspire and guide teachers in the effective use of social media in the classroom. Here''s how he does it. I am often asked about how we use "social media" here at PS 10. It is a question that is both simple & easy to answer and one that is also complex and nuanced. Here is how we use it at PS 10 Webpages and wikis - Teachers have class webpages and wikis to help foster the home-school connection.

How to Use Edtech to Get Your Learners Active and Moving

Edsurge

But instead of dusting off the DVDs buried in your desk drawer, consider using these edtech-powered ideas to get your learners’ bodies moving and brains working. Teachers do not have to wait until the bell rings or until they have formally addressed the class to get their students’ learning started. I like to call these challenges “activators” because they activate curiosity, thinking, and problem-solving in students’ brains.

35 Resources for the STEAM Classroom… Putting the Arts in STEM

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a post that recognizes that the Arts must be in STEM! Take some time to enjoy this wonderful journey of STEAM Resources. First, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans. Do you want to save some cash?

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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. While it is necessary to understand both extremes, I think there is also merit to understanding a nuanced middle ground which people like me comfortably dwell. How this played out in effect was never so simple.

The Real Reasons Students Don't Give School Their All

Saving Socrates

I think most students intrinsically know that in order to accomplish something great they have to put a ton of hours into what they do. He explains that if you look at any person who has really become an expert in anything, they have invested at least 10,000 hours into perfecting the skills and acquiring the knowledge needed to do that. So, why are our students unable to focus for long periods of time on a task? Why are they eager to quit?

How We Express Ourselves: Making a Museum in a Box

iLearn Technology

In the last eight years, my posting habits have become pretty sparse, to say the least. Not being in the classroom impacts this as well. When I was in the classroom, my posts had an immediate purpose; they were things that I was doing or dreaming of doing, with my students the next day.

Class Tech Tips: Classroom Tips for Teaching Vocabulary with Keyword Searches

techlearning

When I’m searching for an answer to a question – big or small – I often head over to Google. If the first search term I type in doesn’t send me in the direction I was hoping, I head back to the top of the screen and try typing in something different.

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35 Resources for the STEAM Classroom: Putting the Arts in STEM

techlearning

A look at the works of Leonardo da Vinci will attest to this! The very first time I heard the idea of integrating the Arts into STEM education was while watching a keynote made by Daniel Pink at the NECC Conference in Washington DC… yes prior to ISTE Conferences!

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