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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.

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.

Connecting Your Students with the World: Book Review [Book]

The CoolCatTeacher

Overwhelmed teachers who want to collaborate globally are going to love Connecting Your Students with the World. I’m excited to review this book. You’ll learn how to take part. There are tons of links and resources to get you started. I knew when I saw this book several months ago that it was going to help lots of teachers and their students connect. Teachers are busy and don’t have time to ferret out what they need to do.

“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. They’re probably going to have poor outcomes,’” she said.

Writing Scaffolds to Meet Diverse Learning Needs

A Principal's Reflections

As students work to master the complex reading and writing standards demanded by the Common Core, Mrs. Montecuollo and Mrs. Westbrook collaborated to create writing scaffolds that address the diverse academic needs of their 9th grade students.

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.

Video Game Design with Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

English Language Arts Common Core State Standards. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. The overview for this unit: Introduction to Storytelling.

5 Ideas for Writing with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology. These creative ways will help you think about how to help children, particularly those who struggle with handwriting and typing. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

Edsurge

As principal at Chula Vista School District’s Salt Creek Elementary, Lalaine Perez saw the need to better support a growth mindset around math in the years following the transition to California’s new Common Core standards. Text can be read to them.

This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water

Edsurge

As principal at Chula Vista School District’s Salt Creek Elementary, Lalaine Perez saw attitudes toward math bottom out in the years following the transition to California’s new Common Core standards. She jumped at the opportunity to pilot the program in her school.

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.

Less Is More: 4 Strategies To Streamline Your Curriculum

TeachThought - Learn better.

Less Is More: 4 Strategies To Streamline Your Curriculum. Educators often wonder how they are going to meet all the demands of Common Core. Meeting these standards can be done by doing less, not more. One response is to integrate, combine, and cut.

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.”.

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.

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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. 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. Common Core math standards and Next Generation Science Standards were being implemented, and subjects were becoming more interconnected.

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

CUE

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.

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

MindShift

While instruction may challenge kids with no previous exposure to math, it is often not engaging enough for the growing number of kindergarteners with some math skills. It leads to the analytic, higher-level thinking that’s increasingly important.”. Were students willing to take risks?

Practical examples of social media in elementary school

The Innovative Educator

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. Updates of class happenings are posted, often with pictures (great ways to get insights into the class environment).

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?

1st Grade digital PBL: Does it work?

Neo LMS

Project-based learning , as we have often examined in this blog, is a powerful way to not only impart information, by exploration, but has the added advantage of stimulating and developing a range of other skills and habits such as communication, creativity, curiosity, confidence and collaboration.

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This Amazing South Bronx School Grows 50,000 Pounds of Vegetables a Year

The CoolCatTeacher

They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. Go to coolcatteacher.com/discover and get started for free.

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.

Website Review: Prodigy Game

Ask a Tech Teacher

There are a lot of online math systems to help students through one of school’s toughest subjects (if not science). Each one proclaim s they have the way to teach students while having fun, in ways that are aligned with state and national standards. Free (fee upgrade to Premium).

MobyMax: Tablet + help differentiating instruction

iLearn Technology

It’s always nice when new toys show up in the mail to review. Especially when they promise to help make your program more tailored to the individual, that I really like! Really helpful when you are working to meet the needs of a lot of different students!

Integrating Maker Education into the Curriculum

User Generated Education

Rather than the maker experiences being an after school program, an add on activity, or an activity that is implemented when students have done their regular lessons work, it should be part of the regular, day-to-day curriculum. How does making enhance the lesson? If yes, how?

C-STEM Studio — A Great Way to Blend Math and Robotics

Ask a Tech Teacher

This web-based scalable program is available for elementary through high school students and can last anywhere from four weeks to a year. ” In fact, the C-STEM Studio algebra curriculum is fully aligned with Common Core state standards in mathematics.

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Displays: A Maker Education Project

User Generated Education

I have the privilege of working with gifted kids at two elementary schools with over 80% Hispanic students. Using 21st century skills to understand and address global issues. Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts.

How social studies can help young kids make sense of the world

The Hechinger Report

One of the longtime goals of public education is to produce young people capable of participating in the democratic process. Ultimately, we can’t prepare children for living in a rich, diverse democracy if we don’t expose them to the controversial topics inherent in our democracy.”.

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Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

If there is someone other than the teacher managing the makerspace or there is a schedule for the school, your kids may only be able to use it once a week or month. Many of those same qualities are goals of the Common Core State Standards. Post by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

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I Named My Cat After a Vampire: a post about reading instruction

Kleinspiration

Meet Edward and Bella Just Kidding. After returning from my amazing visit to the Scholastic Headquarters in New York, I''ve been reflecting on a few of the conversations I had with my new friends. So, I felt the need to share it with all of you. or the time he found to read.

Teaching teachers to relinquish control

The Christensen Institute

The new report How to create higher performing, happier classrooms in seven moves: A playbook for teachers ” tells stories of teachers who improved student engagement and academic results by introducing seven specific, practical moves into their classrooms that replicate the successes of top managers in cutting-edge workplaces. To do this, a teacher must free students from teacher-delivered instruction and give them content and lessons that they can learn independently.

A study finds promise in project-based learning for young low-income children

The Hechinger Report

A study of project-based learning found that social studies scores were higher for second-grade students who learned this way, compared to students who were taught traditionally. The kids drafted proposals to clean up messy areas and put soft woodchips under the swings.

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