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How a blended program can change Common Core math

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

5 Ideas for Writing with Technology

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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.

Less Is More: 4 Strategies To Streamline Your Curriculum

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Less Is More: 4 Strategies To Streamline Your Curriculum. Educators often wonder how they are going to meet all the demands of Common Core. This means that students need to be able to find and read with comprehension several sources on the same topic.

How to Prepare for the SAT

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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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Writing Scaffolds to Meet Diverse Learning Needs

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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.

This Toolkit Helps Take the Stress Out of State Testing

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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.

How to help struggling young readers

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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.

3 Teacher Money Making Opportunities Using Technology

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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.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

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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.”.

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

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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.

The Never-Ending Story: Procedures vs. Understanding in Math

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Finding the Balance between Procedural Fluency and Conceptual Understanding in Teaching Early Grade Mathematics to Students with Learning Disabilities. I went to school in the 50’s and 60’s when students first learned how to add and subtract in second grade.

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

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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. . This strategy takes Peer Instruction to a fascinating new level. What is the most exciting result you have had with asking your students to create videos?

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

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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.

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.

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

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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?

How to Use Edtech to Get Your Learners Active and Moving

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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.

5 Ways to Add Morning Meetings to Special Ed Classrooms

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From routine to celebrations, we talk about how to start the day well in special education classrooms. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

1st Grade digital PBL: Does it work?

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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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Integrating Maker Education into the Curriculum

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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?

ORIGO Stepping Stones 2.0–A Versatile, Easy-to-Use Math Curriculum

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K-6 math curriculum (with a separate program for pre-K) is versatile, easy-to-use, and nicely differentiated for varied learning and teaching strategies. How to use Stepping Stones. Here are some screen grabs of Stepping Stones materials: Click to view slideshow.

WriteWell for Google Docs: Google Add-Ons and Chrome Extensions for Research, Writing, and Feedback (Part 1)

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You’ll also learn strategies that promote more effective student ownership of the writing process and effective teacher feedback. WriteWell for Google Docs is a Google Docs Add-on that includes a series of templates for elementary school, middle school, and high school classrooms.

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Learning About Young Makers

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I am a huge proponent of using hands-on, interactive learning activities to explore ill-defined problems as a way of teaching for all age groups. Young makers need to be given more time, resources, strategies to learn how to solve more ambiguous and ill-defined problems (i.e.,

Do Students, Principals and Superintendents See Eye-to-Eye on Eliminating Grade Levels?

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McComb School District down in McComb, Mississippi doesn’t just believe in the power of technology when it comes to personalized learning. In fact, for superintendent Dr. Cederick Ellis and Summit Elementary School principal Lakya Taylor-Washington, the bigger asset in going personalized comes down to removing arbitrary grade level assignments and creating “learning labs,” a style of competency-based learning that Summit has been experimenting with since 2015.

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!

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scroll all the way down to enter the give-away * Many of my teacher friends often do give-aways to honor and thank their loyal readers. I can''t begin to explain what an amazing experience this conference was for those who attended. It’s hard to keep it all in focus.

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Digital Promise

One of the key elements of the curriculum-design approach known as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is student engagement — creating opportunities for students to become engaged and stay motivated, to believe that what they’re learning is important, and to feel capable in their learning. Fostering engagement — knowing your students, knowing how to make the material sing to them — is where the art of teaching is on full display, says author Katie Novak in UDL Now! ,

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

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

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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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50 Math Sites and Apps

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Mobile learning and BYOD (bring your own device) is making it easier students to learn, especially in the subject of Math. 50 Math Sites and Apps 4 Dice: Fraction Games - A great iOS app for learning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions.

Game Education: It’s in Their DNA – Guest Post from Courtney Pepe

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Jean Piaget once said that “play is the answer to how anything new comes about.” Game education is a powerful way to engage 21st century learners in a variety of cognitively complex tasks that lead to deeper levels of understanding.

Kids struggle to read when schools leave phonics out

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“It was really looking yourself in the mirror and saying, ‘Which four in 10 students don’t deserve to learn to read?'” People who struggle with reading are more likely to drop out of high school, to end up in the criminal justice system, and to live in poverty.

OPINION: The arts help refugees, other students to master academics

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Brooklyn Ascend Charter School was designed to look like an art museum, with high-quality replications of famous paintings from around the world. The Academy is a magnet elementary school is located in a U.S. Related: Do the arts go hand-in-hand with common core?

Switching sides in the teacher wars

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Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist presents a Golden Apple Award to Dr. Abraham Kamara at Memorial Junior High School. Gist was there to surprise Kamara with the school year’s first Golden Apple Award, recognizing him as one of Tulsa’s “outstanding teachers.”. “We

10 Reasons to Try Genius Hour This School Year

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My good friend AJ Juliani is about to start a Genius Hour Master Course. His passion for this topic and his ability to share his enthusiasm has made a significant difference with so many educators. You will allow students to go into depth with a topic that inspires them.

Collaboration Coaching

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We''ve adapted it to fit our district''s needs. This would require a lot of ongoing professional development, however with only one technology integration specialist, it wasn''t going to move that fast without a strategy or a team of coaches. How has this post connected with you?

How Playing With Math Helps Teachers Better Empathize With Students

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She taught public high school students, deaf elementary school students, and middle school girls at a single-sex school. But eventually, she couldn’t fight the feeling that as much as she loved teaching math, she also loved doing math, so she went back to get her Ph.D.

?Open Up Resources Announces First Full Math Curriculum—And Its Plans for Profitability

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Open-licensed learning materials have generally been slower to carve out a spot in the K-12 market they have in higher education, where companies like Lumen Learning have found target demographics. Yet Open Up Resources , a nonprofit providing open educational resources for the K-12 space, wants to buck the trend. Authored by nonprofit Illustrative Mathematics, the curriculum covers Common Core standards for grades 6-8 math. It ties back to their business model.

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