CC PART 1 Where to start
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My school is starting to accelerate our ELA implementation. We’re asking ELA teachers to: carefully look over the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) standards compare them to existing curriculum maps, unit plans etc. understand the major differences start to develop an understanding of the technology expectations in the CCSS and begin appropriate modifications to curriculum maps, and start working their way through unit plans and lesson plans. In addition, all the subject matter teachers (NOT ELA) will review their maps and add in specific CCSS details about how Writing Anchor Standard #2: Write informative /explanatory texts , will be supported via their maps, too. We have a team of teachers responsible for pulling together an initial set of resources - source info (the standards themselves), a few how to’s (videos to help understand how to unpack the standards, and so on), some sample lessons (typically, short videos) and a start at lesson plan sources.
There is now a heated discussion going on in the States about the Common Core Standards. Everything has been reshaped to meet the requirements of Common Core Standards including technology integration at least in the 46 states that have already adopted it. To help you better align your teaching practices with the CCS, pooled several resources to curate for you the list below.But before you start exploring these links , let me briefly wrap up what CCS is all about : As well as a wealth of facts and statistics about the standards, you'll also be able to find aligned curricula and lesson plans, the latest news on the Common Core and relevant videos and links. In addition, you can access expert advice and opinions in our Common Core Forum, where you can ask or answer questions on the standards.
Nancy Sulla is the founder and President of IDE Corp. (Innovative Designs for Education), an educational consulting company specializing in instructional and organizational design. Her diverse background includes teaching at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels; working as a computer programmer and systems analyst; and leading teachers as a district administrator prior to launching IDE Corp. Her consulting work ranges from focused topics such as problem-based learning, web tools, and differentiation to the more systems-based work of designing Small Learning Communities and redesigning schools.
If the Common Core initiative is to have a chance to take off, a new strategy of professional development, coupled with thoughtful evaluation is necessary. This is according to Peter Youngs, writing under the auspices of the Center for American Progress . This new strategy requires reform of the current system of teacher evaluation and needs the buy-in of principals and other school leaders. In the introduction to the report, Youngs provides the following background: The Common Core State Standards Initiative, in its aim to align diverse state curricula and improve educational outcomes, calls for K-12 teachers in the United States to engage all students in mathematical problem solving along with reading and writing complex text through the use of rigorous academic content.
W e have a lot to say about CCSSI’s treatment of fractions, which starts tentatively with 1.G.3, but we’ll initially hone in on Grade 3, which is where Common Core begins its big push. We’ll discuss Common Core’s sequence, and compare or contrast it to our own preferences for how fraction concepts should be introduced, and if we differ, provide a (hopefully justified) rationale for our choices. 3.NF.1 states, `` Understand a fraction 1/b as the quantity formed by 1 part when a whole is partitioned into b equal parts; understand a fraction a/b as the quantity formed by a parts of size 1/b. ’’ Certainly when formally introducing fractions and fraction notation, understanding the meaning of a fraction comes first. In 3.NF.1, though, CCSSI is already on the wrong track, for it assumes fractions only refer to parts of whole objects.
We provide educators with open source tools and resources needed to actively engage teachers in making education content localized and adapted to their own environments. Today, this means also being able to successfully build a practice around the Common Core. ISKME’s Open Author platform and evaluation rubrics allow curriculum leaders to gather Common Core aligned exemplars and frameworks for their teachers, while at the same time, allowing teachers to build and share high quality OER. Open education tools and resources provide educators with flexibility in instructional resource design necessary to build and sustain instructional shifts and practice around the Common Core. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
December 2012/January 2013 | Volume 70 | Number 4 Common Core: Now What? Pages 24-27 Here we are at the end of 2012. Who would have thought just three years ago that education would be in the position that it is in today—that 46 states, three U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia would have voluntarily agreed to share a set of standards for English language arts and literacy and mathematics?
Educators across the nation are working hard this summer to begin developing updated curricula that will fit into the new Common Core State Standards, which will be fully applied in 45 U.S. states (Texas, Alaska, Nebraska, Virginia, and Minnesota have opted out of statewide participation) by 2015. Yet despite the hubbub about the new standards, which were created as a means of better equipping students with the knowledge they need to be competitive in the modern world, many teachers still have a lot of unanswered questions about what Common Core will mean for them, their students, and their schools. Luckily, the Internet abounds with helpful resources that can explain the intricacies of Common Core, offer resources for curriculum development, and even let teachers keep up with the latest news on the subject. We’ve collected just a few of those great resources here, which are essential reads for any K-12 educator in a Common Core-adopting state. Groups and Organizations
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