Elementary school teachers struggle with Common Core math standards

The Hechinger Report

Cookies and math tend to go together in an elementary school classroom. Teachers use them as conceptual props to explain an operation like division. If you have 12 cookies and four friends, how can you give an equal number of cookies to each friend? 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

Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair?

The Hechinger Report

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 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. But Pinheiro has mixed feelings about how high the bar is set for her students.

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Websites for Hour of Code by Grade

Ask a Tech Teacher

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. The 200,000+ teachers involved came away believing that, of all their education tools, coding was the best at teaching children to think. logic – go through a problem from A to Z. How do I program a series of activities — and why? Grade-levels below are guidelines.

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. But, as every teacher knows, it matters little how perfectly your lesson meets Reading Anchor Standard #3 if 30 students’ eyes are glazed over while you teach it.

“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. And we’ve got to reframe that.”.

Websites for Hour of Code by Grade

Ask a Tech Teacher

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. The 200,000+ teachers involved came away believing that, of all their education tools, coding was the best at teaching children to think. logic – go through a problem from A to Z. Grade-levels below are guidelines. Feel free to use whichever project fits your students.

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. How to get started. Deciding what to do first. Want to hear another episode on technology tools to try? Listen to Jennifer Gonzalez talk about 5 Tech tools to try in 2017.

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

Edsurge

Brennan McMahon Parton: Josh, thanks for talking to me about data literacy. At the Data Quality Campaign, we define a data-literate educator as someone who has the knowledge and skills to access, interpret, act on, and communicate about data to support student success. We have access to a range of data points, but our understanding of what they measure, why they matter, and how they impact practice is shallow. This seems like a good place to wrap up.

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Getting Animated With Google Slides and Screencastify

CUE

I’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. Truthfully, there’s a million How-To blogs and videos out there for doing this, and How-To is rarely what I do. I’d rather write about how my class handled doing this and why I did it in the first place. I wanted to justify having all these Chromebooks.

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

CUE

TigerTechTeam student leaders manage a website and blog , tutor younger peers, and participate in community nights to teach parents and families how to leverage technology to promote learning at home. While #TigerTechTeam has led to increased technological proficiency on the Jefferson campus and in the surrounding community, perhaps the most rewarding result of the student-led team is the leadership development of its members and their impacts on our school’s culture.

How to Use Oral Presentations to Help English Language Learners Succeed

MindShift

Excerpted from “ The ELL Teacher’s Toolbox: Hundreds of Practical Ideas to Support Your Students ,” by Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski, with permission from the authors. Having the confidence to speak in front of others is challenging for most people. We’ve found several benefits to incorporating opportunities for students to present to their peers in a positive and safe classroom environment. GUIDELINES AND APPLICATION.

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.

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. How do you decide what is best for your class? offer compelling content (this is subjective; ‘compelling’ varies teacher-to-teacher and student-to-student). Free (fee upgrade to Premium).

Is the Socratic Method Right for Your Class?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Have you ever walked into a classroom where students were engaged in serious on-topic discussion, debating ideas and challenging each other to provide evidence of their statements? Sure, class members can memorize facts but too often the critical thinking required to analyze cause and effect — say, how a specific river encouraged ancient trade — eludes them unless the teacher spells it out, telling them the “right” answer. Students need time to think.

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

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In a world where college fees go up every year, where the cost of campus-based classes invariably includes expensive extras, where the time commitment to complete college classes often can’t be balanced with work and family needs, Study.com stands out. These web-based classes offer motivated students a self-paced, self-directed path to achieving their college dreams in an affordable, flexible, quality ecosystem that prepares them for future careers in fields they love.

What is Standards-based Grading?

Ask a Tech Teacher

How many times have you experienced teachers who based report card grades on how well students complete classwork, homework, and quizzes? 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. To accomplish this, many schools and Districts have turned to Standards-based Grading.

Subscriber Special: July

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Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. delivered digitally to your school or District. The 21 st Century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. You will actively collaborate, share knowledge, provide constructive feedback to classmates, publish digitally, and differentiate for unique needs.

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. What is not as common are PBL ideas using digital, rather than physical tools. and wanted to see more of how teachers actually go about introducing new technology into the class.

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Subscriber Special: Group PD at a great price

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Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. Each $750 for up to 20 attendees. Minimum enrollment of 5; delivered digitally to your school or District. The 21 st Century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Personal Learning Network.

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5 Ways to Involve Parents in Your Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

According to the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education Research Review and Resources , no matter income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to have higher grades and test scores, attend school regularly, have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school. There are as many ways to do that as there are parents who need alternatives to the traditional parent-teacher conference and back-to-school night.

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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. Some makerspace activities may be focusing on how to use the resources available and may not be connecting the activities to the curriculum or around a real world problem. Many of those same qualities are goals of the Common Core State Standards. Post by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

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Tools of the Trade

Digital Promise

An innovative organization provides free tools and resources to make learning accessible to all students. Bring universal learning ideas to life in your classroom by creating and sharing your own educational materials. Help your students learn to write a better lab report. Educators can do all of that with a set of free tools created by CAST , a nonprofit research and development company dedicated to breaking down barriers to learning. UDL Guidelines.

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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.

What parents should ask teachers about technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

Not surprisingly, it takes a lot more than a room full of computers, iPads, and apps to turn “tech ed” from marketing to mainstream. For parents, where schools fall on that continuum — mostly marketing hype or taking the necessary steps to integrate tech — is critical. When you start at a new school (or classroom, or teacher), it’s important to understand the part technology will take to improve educational experiences for your child.

Ready or not, a new era of homeschooling has begun

The Hechinger Report

How to homeschool” is trending on Google. For others, it’s an even bigger catastrophe: they may not be able to afford proper meals for their children, much less the technology and connectivity needed for online learning. Shuttering schools in the face of coronavirus will shine a light on the many other roles schools provide beyond academics for fragile families, from caring adults, friendships and predictable routines to breakfast, lunch, music lessons and sports.

Hour of Code Lesson Plans by Grade

Ask a Tech Teacher

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. The 200,000+ teachers involved came away believing that, of all their education tools, coding was the best at teaching children to think. logic – go through a problem from A to Z. How do I program a series of activities — and why? Grade-levels below are guidelines.

Multiple Choice

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 Culture Of Inquiry Through A Forward-Leaning Curriculum

TeachThought - Learn better.

How To Create A Forward-Leaning Curriculum . To learn more about professional development around these ideas, contact us. It’s a cliché to say that change comes too rapidly now for us to keep up, but clichés exist for one good reason: They’re often true. How do we develop a system of learning at a time when everything we know about learning is in flux? The current arguments over the Common Core State Standards underscore our confusion.

The Professional Development Problem

EdNews Daily

We can be hopeful that the connection between teacher training and student learning seems to be realized and now what’s needed is to find the right formula for improving this crucial component of school culture. In our struggle thus far to identify answers, we have created new names for PD, different ways to measure efficacy, and even innovated delivery methods, all of which have created greater fragmentation.

An Update on What You Need to Know about ESSA

edWeb.net

Due to the rapid transition from NCLB to ESSA, it is important for educators and vendors to be aware of the key differences between the two. Steve Rowley, CEO of Acumen Partners, with Michael Campbell, Vice President of Acumen Partners, presented the latest updates on ESSA in the webinar, “ Making Sense of ESSA: What You Need to Know ,” co-hosted by edWeb.net and MCH Strategic Data. Each state must be aware of how to accurately track their benchmarks.

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

Kleinspiration

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. Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting many of my virtual friends face to face in San Diego at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference. I can''t begin to explain what an amazing experience this conference was for those who attended. I would like to reinforce the positive influence of social networking.

Here’s what schools need to know about ESSA right now

eSchool News

Recently, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told the Council of Chief State Schools Officers (CCSSO) that states should continue to move forward with their ESSA plans. The Difference between NCLB, ESSA and Common Core. Due to the rapid transition from NCLB to ESSA, it is important for educators and vendors to be aware of the key differences between the two. To start, Rowley addressed any confusion regarding the Common Core State Standards.

Can testing save arts education?

The Hechinger Report

to compare artwork created by their students for tests and to try to find common ground in scoring it. It sounded like an ordinary assignment for a visual arts class: Teacher Karen Ladd asked her freshmen at Sanborn Regional High School to research an artist, create a piece of art inspired by the artist’s work and then write a reflection about the experience. Related: What the country can learn from Boston about bringing the arts back to public schools.

The Carrot and The Stick: Are American Schools Actually Teaching Us?

Fractus Learning

When I was seven-years-old we moved from the United States to Switzerland because of my father’s job. The houses and the trams were like nothing I had ever seen, and people spoke so many different languages all around me I was too intimidated to speak to anyone. That turned out to be the problem, everyone spoke English, while I spoke American. for university is how the school system had made me highly prepared to take on higher education.

The Making of ST Math's New Line Plot Games

MIND Research Institute

For one thing, stats activities often take a long time to do. How can we best utilize the amount of time teachers and students have in the classroom for interactive stats activities? As a game designer at MIND Research Institute, I was excited to answer this question. I have spent the past year applying game mechanics to statistics in a way that ensures students could build line plots and receive informative feedback much faster than in a traditional classroom activity.