Elementary school teachers struggle with Common Core math standards

The Hechinger Report

Depth of understanding was hailed by its architects as a cornerstone of the Common Core, a set of educational guidelines for what students need to know in each grade in English and math that have been adopted in 43 states and the District of Columbia. If the Common Core is to improve the math education of U.S. After Illinois adopted the Common Core in 2010, Northwestern University School of Education added another math requirement and revised its methods course.

Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair?

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In last year’s statewide Common Core-related PARCC test, just 24 percent of the students at Esteves’ school met grade-level expectations in reading and writing, a category called English language arts and literacy. The Common Core standards, a set of English and math guidelines adopted by more than 40 states, challenge many commonly held beliefs — including how best to teach children to read. Related: Two studies find Common Core tests make the grade.


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Websites for Hour of Code by Grade

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It’s easy to see why when you look at fundamental programming concepts: abstraction and symbolism – variables are common in math, but also in education. Grade-levels below are guidelines. Besides Math Standards, Alice supports these Common Core writing skills: 8.3a Critical thinking Problem solving coding common core hour of code programming

More than five years after adopting Common Core, Kentucky’s black-white achievement gap is widening

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It’s been over five years since Kentucky adopted the Common Core, guidelines for what students need to know in math and the English language arts in each grade. students graduating from the K-12 system are college and career ready, Common Core has ramped up academic expectations that schools everywhere, including those in Kentucky, are still far from meeting. Related: Common Core ignores underprivileged students — and testing will lead to more achievement gaps.

Draw on Student Interests to Make the Common Core Work for You

Educator Innovator

This was originally posted at Common Sense Graphite. As the new school year begins, articles and resources dedicated to helping teachers develop curriculum and assessments aligned to the Common Core literacy standards are popping up everywhere. The best part: survey data is a perfect way to help students meet Common Core Writing Anchor Standards 6 and 7, which focus on using technology to produce writing and conduct research.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. But to expect that the Common Core – or any standards – alone will move the needle is overreaching, he said.

At School Grounded in Soul Music, Priorities Shift for Common Core


Read more about Common Core. But as states have begun rolling out the Common Core standards, integrating the arts has become more challenging — even for schools like Soulsville. Education experts note that the Common Core, a set of new guidelines in math and English meant to raise expectations for American students, mention the arts roughly 75 times. Read more about Common Core. By Alan Richard, The Hechinger Report.

Dear Otto: Can We Eliminate Blogs–Teachers Hate Them!

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Common Core expects teachers to use internet-based tools in their teaching, to ask students to find resources through online sites. Here are some of the allusions to technology in Common Core: Expect students to demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding to type at least three pages in a single sitting. Whether a school follows Common Core or not, these are good guidelines for everyone.

The Four Biggest Challenges to Implementing Maine's Proficiency-Based Diploma


Indeed, Maine’s DOE recently released guidelines to help districts answer many of their continuing questions about developing systems that meet the needs of students with disabilities. Education Technology Competency-Based Learning Learning Strategies Assessment Driven Curriculum Differentiated Learning Common Core State StandardsMaine has long been an innovator in education, stemming back to the Maine Learning Technology Initiative.

The 4-Letter Word You Need to Know—and How Teachers and Administrators Can Embrace Data Literacy


An ideal data literacy program provides teachers with tools to organize their data and guidelines on how to understand and analyze it to help teachers make the connection of the data to their practice. Education Technology Professional Development Learning Strategies Personalized Learning Assessment Driven Curriculum Core Curriculum Common Core State Standards Differentiated Learning Data and Research

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Getting Animated With Google Slides and Screencastify


Luckily, my students know that my class schedule is more like guidelines than actual rules. Blended Learning Common Core Standards Creativity and Imagination Education Technology Future Ready animation google slides stop motionI’m going to go into some detail about the process my class used to animate our Google Slides, but I got all my information from Sam Patterson’s blog here. Follow Sam, he’s good people (plural, if you count the puppets).

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


They were excellent at following directions and working within guidelines. Common Core Standards Connected Educator Creativity and Imagination CUE Conference Education Technology Technology in Education Uncategorized CUE 2016 National Conference Finkel Fellowship LeRoy Finkel LeRoy's Big Idea student leadershipNote- Katherine Goyette was one of the finalists of the LeRoy Finkel Fellowship Program at this year’s CUE 2016 National Conference.

Regarding Aaron Ross's Interpretation of Student Centered Learning andthe Well Rounded Student

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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. The American notion of a common set of knowledge that all students must acquire is not unique nor is it nearly as organized by a central government that in European nations like Britain or France. (I

Happy Connected Educator Month


We all were required to follow a rigid set of guidelines that were actually rules, not guides. I recently participated in their day of learning focused on the Common Core. On August 17, I will be their Spotlight Presenter doing several sessions on the Common Core. Create Common Core Content with Confidence! What does it mean to be a Connected Educator?

Notice the emphasis on ‘feeding them content’

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What does it mean to be ‘aligned to the Common Core?’ ’ 12 education guidelines from Alfie Kohn.

Website Review: Prodigy Game

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Here are guidelines, culled from top education sites like Edutopia, Google Education, Educational Technology, and EdWeek that are valuable when evaluating any website: free or small fee. aligned with Blooms Taxonomy, Common Core, ISTE, or other state/national/international standards. Prodigy is a free, adaptive math game for grades 1-7 that integrates Common Core or Ontario math into a role-playing game using a Pokemon-style wizardry theme.

Is the Socratic Method Right for Your Class?

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Set down conversation guidelines like 1) refer to each other by name, 2) participate by building on conversations, 3) participate often with comments and reactions to ideas of others, 4) don’t dominate the stage, 5) disagree, but don’t be disagreeable, and 6) wait your turn. For Common Core schools, the Socratic Method prods students to: use text-based evidence to support their ideas. Socratic seminar in a 2nd grade Common Core class.

Study.com Makes the College Dream a Reality for Lots of Students

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If you’re looking for Common Core, a selection of videos and quizzes are specifically designed to supplement Common Core instruction for grades 8-12. These are treated exactly like any other lesson under the Teacher Edition guidelines.

Want to Code on an IPad? Here are 3 Great Apps

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Fundamental programming concepts include: abstraction and symbolism–variables are common in math, but also in a student’s education. sequencing–knowing what happens when; mentioned in Common Core standards for grades 1 through 5. No surprise the United Kingdom took the bold step of adding coding to the core school curriculum. Coding has become the poster child for a tech-infused classroom.

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Enhance Young Learner's English Vocabulary with @MindSnacks & Teach Foreign Languages!


The app has also been designed to support the Common Core Learning Standards. As students review the different lessons, they will find each vocabulary word is packed with example sentences, usage guidelines, and fun factoids about homophones, word parts, etymology and figurative language.

Subscriber Special: July

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Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Personal Learning Network. These can be adapted to any writing program be it 6+1 Traits, Common Core, or the basic who-what-when-where-why. Learn granular approaches to infusing differentiation into all of your lesson plans, whether you’re a Common Core school or not, with this hands-on, interactive class. Here are general guidelines: up to 20 people per class (same low price–$750).

Subscriber Special: Group PD at a great price

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Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Personal Learning Network. These can be adapted to any writing program be it 6+1 Traits, Common Core, or the basic who-what-when-where-why. Learn granular approaches to infusing differentiation into all of your lesson plans, whether you’re a Common Core school or not, with this hands-on, interactive class. Here are general guidelines: between 5-20 people per class (same low price–$750).

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What is Standards-based Grading?

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Today, many educators want to not only evaluate progress at a point in time but optimize that against the ongoing standards their school mission is built on such as Common Core, International Baccalaureate, NGSE, or TEKS. This means students have clear guidelines for how to define success over time, making it easy for all stakeholders in a student’s learning to determine if they are accomplishing what must be done for college and career.

1st Grade digital PBL: Does it work?


What is not as common are PBL ideas using digital, rather than physical tools. The teaching team challenged themselves to start with the very fundamentals of what their digital teaching program needed to achieve, and they wanted to align it not only with CCSS (Common Core State Standards) but also with ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) guidelines , as well as the P21 Framework for 21st Century learning.

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Tools of the Trade

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UDL Guidelines. PreK–12 educators can create, mix, and share instructional resources based on UDL and aligned to Common Core. An innovative organization provides free tools and resources to make learning accessible to all students. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Bring universal learning ideas to life in your classroom by creating and sharing your own educational materials.

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

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Many of those same qualities are goals of the Common Core State Standards. UDL has reordered the principles and guidelines, to begin with, Multiple Means of Engagement, the Why of Learning that compliments how the Design Thinking Process involves learners in identifying an authentic problem or challenge. The UDL Guidelines provide a deep dive into each of the principles to checkpoints that provide resources, examples, and research. Post by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

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Ready or not, a new era of homeschooling has begun

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In the meantime, remote workers who are parents are fretting over how they’ll have time to oversee lessons and keep their children on top of Common Core math. Social distancing guidelines will mean fewer playdates and group activities, along with concerns about isolation and boredom.

Teaching teachers to relinquish control

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The first guardrail was a pacing guideline. Alpha set school-wide targets for where students needed to be in learning Common Core standards and scheduled interim assessments to check for that progress.

5 Ways to Involve Parents in Your Class

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Provide guidelines so they don’t wonder why they’re there or get embarassed because they ‘did something wrong’ Invite parents to share their expertise. help them understand Common Core math, or the school’s math program (i.e., In fifteen years of teaching K-8, I have learned that one factor provides a reliable barometer for student success: Parent involvement. In fact, it’s crucial.

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What parents should ask teachers about technology

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Teach digital citizenship is easily done either through dedicated platforms like Common Sense Media and Netsmartz , or a full-blown curriculum like this one from Structured Learning. For Common Core schools: How do they prepare students to succeed with online testing? End-of-year assessments of the Common Core grade-level standards are delivered online. These are free, easy-to-setup, and can fit the varied schedules so common with busy parents.

Hour of Code Lesson Plans by Grade

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It’s easy to see why when you look at fundamental programming concepts: abstraction and symbolism – variables are common in math, but also in education. Grade-levels below are guidelines. Besides Math Standards, Alice supports these Common Core writing skills: 8.3a This December will again host the Hour of Code , a one-hour introduction to programming designed to demystify the subject and show that anyone can be a maker, a creator, and an innovator.

Multiple Choice

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a vibrant and accessible teaching guide packed with strategies for implementing Common Core standards using UDL. Autonomy is an essential gateway to engagement, according to the UDL guidelines ; when students feel empowered, they become more excited to learn. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here.

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New history curriculum based on 1940s drama ?

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The toolkits provided to educators across the nation will include a teacher’s guide, student activity sheets, Common Core Standards, and a set of educational guidelines that are designed to align states with equal curricular goals in every subject. “We Curriculum gives students an opportunity to learn about The Manhattan Project.

The Professional Development Problem

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Appreciating that volition, engagement, and teaching excellent are all tied together, creating essential guidelines for every school’s planning for PD. The training in this area is mostly academically focused, such as common core standards and STEM. While debate about professional development expands, educator hopes for feeling supported are shrinking.

Equipping Our Students to Foster Civility in Conversation

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These have all become common habits and accepted conventions within today’s conversations. The Common Core Standards (though bearing various names across the country’s state lines), offer a tool with the power to reinstate civility and return courtesy to the natural act of talk through the teaching of Speaking and Listening Standards. Sentence starters are one means of providing speakers with alternative ways to structure common conversational needs.