School Leadership in the Common Core Era

A Principal's Reflections

Check out their book titled Beyond Core Expectations: A Schoolwide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common Learner published by Corwin. It appears that much of the focus for improvement has been on creating rigorous classroom instruction to increase student achievement measured by the highly contested standardized tests. Why we have chosen to title this work Beyond Core Expectations is twofold. Who Are the Not-So-Common Learners? Students with Disabilities.

Discovery Education's Common Core Academies

A Principal's Reflections

Educators across America are grappling with what the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) mean for their instruction and have key questions around successful implementation: What are the core components of the CCSS and how do they impact me? Educators are invited to join their peers for Common Core Academies that are: Research-based: Their professional development integrates proven curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices from expert practitioners and thought leaders.

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Get Common Core Ready: Achieve Dynamic Student-led Discussions

Catlin Tucker

Discussion can be a powerful tool for learning yet engaging all students in equitable discussions can be challenging. When I began teaching, I was frustrated because in-class discussions were dominated by a small group of vocal students while the rest of the class sat quietly avoiding eye contact. It wasn’t until I incorporated online discussions into my traditional class that I was able to engage every voice in our class dialog.

Savvas Announces its enVision® Mathematics Common Core Grades 6-8 © 2021 Earns Highest Rating from EdReports

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Savvas Learning Company , a next-generation learning solutions leader for K-12 education, is proud to announce that its enVision® Mathematics Common Core Grades 6-8 © 2021 received the highest rating from EdReports.org. enVision ® Mathematics Common Core © 2021 Grades 6-8.

Use of Blogging to Address the Common Core

A Principal's Reflections

First year New Milford High School teacher Mrs. Westbrook has been tackling the Common Core in an engaging and innovative fashion. One major instructional shift required by the Common Core Curriculum Standards is the increased emphasis on the use of informational texts. As students engage nonfiction, they learn to grapple with complex ideas and arguments and use those ideas in forming their own opinions.

Prodigy Math Game: Game-Based Learning for the Common Core

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The implications it has on student engagement and learning cannot be overstated. Prodigy is a free, adaptive math game that integrates 1 st to 7 th grade math into a fantasy style game that students absolutely love playing. Prodigy’s math content is completely curriculum-aligned and covers standards from the Common Core, MAFs, and TEKS curricula depending on your location. This helps with my planning and differentiation for my students.

Common Core Academy Learning Opportunities From Discovery Education

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A long time ago, Francis Bacon said that knowledge is power … This summer, teachers can empower their teaching with meaningful and actionable knowledge about the Common Core Standards at Discovery Education''s Academies! Specifically, this Academy will dive into what these practices look like and how to build them into the curriculum to maximize student engagement and achievement. Visit the Discovery Education Common Core site to learn more!

Why Santa Fe Broke the K-12 Model and Chose a Different Curriculum for the Middle Grades

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One reason we chose MidSchoolMath is that the middle grades represent the critical time in a student’s academic career. Erica Wheeler EdSurge: Why did you decide to adopt MidSchoolMath's core curriculum? Students in Ms. How does MidSchoolMath foster a growth mindset in students?

Feedback for Every Teacher to Boost Student Engagement

Education Elements

Valdez is popular with nearly all of her students. Her ambition is to engender in her students the enthusiasm for and wonder about physics that motivated her to devote her career to teaching the subject. She has told you that she wants to teach her students to think like physicists. With student engagement and communication at the center of Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, you ask yourself, “How can Ms.

Common Core and Service Learning PBL Professional Development

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Yesterday I had the privilege of facilitating a Common Core and Project Based Learning professional development class for 7th-12th grade teachers. Prior to my training, they had two days of ELA Common Core and one day of deconstructing performance assessments for ELA Common Core. From here we bridged into many discussions about PBL, service learning, and Common Core. How does service learning/PBL address the Common Core?

Teach Writing Skills: Using Powerful Prompts to Inspire Students to Write

The CoolCatTeacher

Why we shouldn’t dictate student writing topics and instead, give them choices. If you teach writing to any age student, you’ll want to hear what 14-year teacher and now college professor John Spencer. Student Shark Tank. Learn how to teach writing skills with rich multimedia writing prompts, a global audience, and student engagement. Common Core Every Classroom Matters Podcast Get Connected iPads Tools Writing

It’s Time for Social Studies to Make a Comeback. Here Are 3 Insights for Educators.

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While ELA and math priorities have long enjoyed top billing on many district agendas, the importance of investing more in social studies instruction is now coming to the forefront, especially in an era when students are having to decode increasingly complex political and social issues. More than any other subject, social studies has the potential to ignite a fire; there’s the very real chance that something students read will inspire them toward civic participation.

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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 the need to better support a growth mindset around math in the years following the transition to California’s new Common Core standards. Although the district had successfully implemented conceptual approaches to math instruction for several years, the shifts in the new standards were challenging for some students. Post-Pilot Results : Succeeding with Common Core—Levered's 2018-19 survey.

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. The anxiety it created for parents and students—and even teachers, because it was something new—was awful. Students also needed support when it came to the end of year state assessments. “We Sixty-two percent of Montgomery students are English language learners (ELL).

New Research Proves Game-Based Learning Works—Here's Why That Matters

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students who played edgames outperformed their peers on standardized tests. Now a soon-to-be released study from Vanderbilt University demonstrates the impact of rigorous, peer reviewed research into curricular tools, in this case showing that students who played edgames outperformed their peers on standardized tests. There are a lot of opinions and fads in education, and they are not serving students well. “In an] innovation that I have seen benefit my students,” he says.

Four Ways to Redefine Parent Teacher Conferences—With a Little Help from Ironman

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In contrast, my own parent-teacher conferences were student-centered—creating space for meaningful discussion about things other than grades. I provided students with a superhero’s historical financials and challenged them to figure out a way to redirect more cash towards their characters’ “superhero needs.” Mom, this is the project I want to show you,” said one student. That’s unfortunate, because students today move fast and are incredibly tech-savvy.

Design Thinking + STEM = Student Engagement!

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Every year there seems to be some toy that fascinates the majority of K-5 students at my school. Whatever the "toy of the year" is, students all around the playground can be found playing and discussing it. By capitalizing on the excitement students had for this toy, and by using design thinking, my students learned traditional math concepts and STEM skills. Create student excitement by linking tasks and skills to real-world scenarios.

6 Strategies For Dealing With ‘Difficult’ Students

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6 Strategies For Dealing With ‘Difficult’ Students by Dr. Allen Mendler While stress caused by common core concerns has dominated the recent education landscape, dealing with difficult students remains the number one source of constant tension for most teachers. Continual exposure to students who won’t behave or produce can quickly erode both confidence and well-being. […]. Teaching Experienced Teacher Our Most Popular Student Engagement

CUE Rock Star Camp NGSS Edition- Professional Development: Evolved

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The sessions at CUE RS Camps are relevant to 21st century learning and provide interactive hands-on experiences with other educators that are also searching for better ways to engage students in their learning. I spent two days immersed in learning ways to use iPads effectively in a 1:1 classroom, Google Sites as student portfolios, and innovative lesson designs that promote student engagement. I left with engaging activities that I could implement right away.

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4 Critical Characteristics of High-Quality Instructional Content

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K-12 educators are increasingly turning to digital resources to enhance instruction and address student needs. K-12 educators are increasingly turning to digital resources to enhance instruction and address student needs. To Meet Students’ Needs!

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3 critical education topics affecting U.S. students

eSchool News

An annual report examines the persistent gender gap in reading performance, how the Common Core is impacting reading achievement, and how intrinsic motivation plays a key role in student engagement, and offers analyses in all three areas. Assessments Common Core News Research Top NewsBrown Center on Education releases annual report examining three distinct areas of education.

Classroom Gaming Should Be Engaging, Tied to Curriculum—and Not Require Teachers to Code

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But engaging students through game-based learning (GBL) means little unless the games are easy to implement and effective where they matter most—in the classroom. Games, like any other tool, should be put into place to support the learning of curriculum and the mastery of standards by our students. For district leaders, teachers, and edgame developers, this involves an ongoing balancing act of engagement, pragmatic learning and in-class application.

Why Podcasting Is #Trending Since 'Serial' and Why Your Class Should Be Doing It

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As the CEO of Listenwise , a listening skill-building company, and the host of the Student Podcast PODCAST , I am seeing the podcasting landscape in education explode. We are on the forefront of an exciting time when audio can bring the world into the classroom, and students can use audio to share what they know with the world. Over six thousand classes submitted podcast entries to the 2018 NPR Student Podcast Challenge. Engage with listening. Engage with listening.

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. Students now put pressure on me as I desperately drew sticks on the side of my paper to “count up” to the answers. For students with learning disabilities, explicit instruction on procedure should take precedence.

MC Assessment = Meta Cognitive Assessment

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The students should be stakeholders in their education and have accountability, responsibility, and be actively engaged in and out of the classroom. Progressive teachers cannot get away from testing in the current educational climate, but at least we can make it engaging for the students in the class. Students only get about 30-45 seconds per question. Students are assessed on a range of skills: comprehension, application, identification, etc.

Digital Storytelling and Stories with the iPad

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It is great differentiation for all students including ELL, gifted, and special needs. It increases student engagement in a meaningful and relevant task. Common Core Standards Many specific content standards can be addressed through digital stories. Here are some of the Common Core Standards that digital storytelling and digital stories address: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Here''s the first try from a second grade class and a Kindergarten student ).

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Digital Storytelling and Stories for the Desktop

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It is great differentiation for all students including ELs , gifted, and special needs. It increases student engagement in a meaningful and relevant task. Here are some of the Common Core Standards that digital storytelling and digital stories address: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Step 1: Writing the script and planning the project Click to download Prompt : I'd choose one prompt to introduce the process of digital storytelling to students.

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Digital Storytelling and Stories with the iPad

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It is great differentiation for all students including ELL, gifted, and special needs. It increases student engagement in a meaningful and relevant task. Common Core Standards Many specific content standards can be addressed through digital stories. Here are some of the Common Core Standards that digital storytelling and digital stories address: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Here''s the first try from a second grade class and a Kindergarten student ).

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Global Oneness Project: free, interdisciplinary instruction and engagement

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If you are seeking to inspire global awareness, critical thinking and student engagement, share the Global Oneness Project with your secondary classroom teacher partners. In addition to lesson plans, Global Oneness offers a series of companion study guides and conversation cards to inspire further critical thinking and engagement around selected films. Common Core global global education instruction video Global Oneness

Creating DOK 3 and 4 Tasks

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This morning, I saw the "light bulb" illuminate as a team realized that Webb''s Depth of Knowledge Level 3 (DOK 3) tasks aren''t more "difficult" problems, but rather it''s when students engage with content learning at deeper cognitive levels. The team recognized: Even if the teachers ask higher level questions, student responses to the questions and what they "do" (the task) is what determines the Depth of Knowledge (DOK). 21st Century Learning Common Core DOK

Join me for a Master Class at BLC in July!

Catlin Tucker

I’ll be leading a master class titled “Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology” at Alan November’s BLC Conference in Boston in July. The Common Core gives educators and opportunity to rethink how we teach and how students learn. This workshop will also model blended learning strategies to keep students engage both inside and outside of the classroom.

Using "Davis' 7 Student-Tested Digital Story Telling Tools" for All Ages

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Susan Davis recently posted an article called "Seven Student Test Digital Story Telling Tools."( [link] ) In the article, she allows her students the ability to explore various online story telling tools in her fifth and sixth grade classroom. Storytelling is an essential tool that aligns with the new found focus most states have adopted towards the common core. I have actually suggested students be taught how to use Storybird as young as first grade.

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Integrate OUR Curricula into Your Kiddom Digital Platform

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Its pages are visual and easy-to-understand, enabling teachers to quickly create lesson plans, find targeted resources, and determine how students are doing. Open Up Resources (OUR) is a series of free c ompetency-based Common Core-aligned curricula (math, ELA, and reading). By having the curriculum seamlessly available on the Kiddom platform, teachers can quickly see what they’ve taught, who knows what, and then differentiate assignments based on student needs.

6 Ways to Increase Student Assessment Scores

Wisewire

Every teacher wants their students to succeed, and assessments are a great way to measure success. Maybe your students are doing fairly well and you’re just looking for small improvements. Or maybe your students are struggling and you just aren’t seeing a change in test scores, no matter what you do. And with the new year in full swing, the time to start preparing students for their assessments is now. . Use Current Events to Engage Students.

Flip Your Back-to-School Night

Catlin Tucker

Back-to-School Night is the one evening each year when I have the opportunity to connect face-to-face with my students’ parents. I explain why I believe it’s important to place students at the center of learning in the classroom and how I use blended learning strategies and technology to create a student-centered learning experience. I emphasize that the way students communicate is changing and that directly impacts how I approach the design of our class.