Fun with Blooms Taxonomy and Blended Learning By Sarah Layton Image source : It’s summer. It’s Friday. First, click here for a quick review of Blooms Taxonomy. Blooms Taxonomy according to Seinfeld: Blooms Taxonomy according to Pirates of the Caribbean: Blooms Taxonomy according to Nemo: And for our aged-to-perfection audience, Blooms Taxonomy according to Andy Griffith: I didn’t know that Blooms Taxonomy and blended learning could be so enjoyable.
Common Core Big Idea Series 1: A New Blueprint Editor's note: This is the first post in a five-part series which takes a look at five big ideas for implementation of the Common Core State Standards, authored by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins In our travels around the country since the Common Core Standards were released, we sometimes hear comments such as, “Oh, here we go again;” “Same old wine in a new bottle;” or “We already do all of this.” Such reactions are not surprising given the fact that we have been here before. A focus on standards is not new. However, it a misconception to assume that these standards merely require minor tweaks to our curriculum and instructional practices. A related misconception in working with the Common Core is evident when teachers turn immediately to the grade-level standards listed for their grade or course to plan their teaching. To invoke a construction analogy: Think of the grade-level standards as building materials.
Wondering About Common Core and Complex Text? - Common Core State Standards TOOLBOX "A lot of reading skills students can apply with a simple text, but can't do so much with a challenging text."- Dr. Timothy Shanahan Blocked from YouTube? No problem. Does the information in this chart* cause you concern? *CCSS Appendix A: CCSS Lexile Bands How will you help ALL of your students access the required complex text? You may be thinking, why should I give my struggling readers such difficult text when I know they can’t read it? In a blog post from this summer, Dr. So why is the common core making such a big deal out of having kids read hard text? You can view the summary or download the ACT report right here. Watch Dr. Dr. www.mhecommoncoretoolboxtn.com
APS Assessment | PARCC Evidence Tables “Evidence statement tables and evidence statements describe the knowledge and skills that an assessment item or a task elicits from students. These are aligned directly to the Common Core State Standards, and highlight their advances especially around the coherent nature of the standards.” – PARCC More information about the Blueprints and Evidence Tables can be found at parcconline.org, including FAQ’s and Powerpoint presentations. Mathematics PARCC Grades 3-5 ELA Literacy Common Forms Specifications (Updated 12/2014) PARCC Grades 6-8 ELA Literacy Common Forms Specifications (Updated 11/2014) PARCC Grades 9-11 ELA Literacy Common Forms Specifications (Updated 11/2014) PARCC Combined ELA PBA Task Generation Models PDF (Narrative TGMs Included) Grades 3-5 (Updated) PARCC Combined ELA PBA Task Generation Models PDF (Narrative TGMs Included) Grades 6-8 PDF (Updated) PARCC Combined ELA PBA Task Generation Models PDF (Narrative TGMs Included) Grades 9-11 (Updated) PARCC ELA Item Guidelines (Updated)
What Teachers Need to Know about Authentic Learning Authentic learning is learning in the "real world". It focuses on authentic deeds and students get to solve complex problems and find their solutions using a variety of activities like: role-playing, case studies, and collaborative peer learning. Authentic learning is idiosyncratic in its nature in that the setting where it takes place is multidisciplinary. In other words, the learning environment can be accommodated to foster different learning events. Now with the widespread of web technologies, more and more environments for authentic learning have been created. 1-Real-world relevance: Authentic activities match the real-world tasks of professionals in practice as nearly as possible. 2- Ill-defined problem: Challenges cannot be solved easily by the application of an existing algorithm; instead, authentic activities are relatively undefined and open to multiple interpretations, requiring students to identify for themselves the tasks and subtasks needed to complete the major task.
Common Core State Standards Initiative - Curriculum and Instruction ESE Resources for Implementing the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in 2012-2013 Diving Deeper: Implementing the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Mathematics Diving Deeper: Implementing the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts and Literacy Updated Interactive PARCC Model Content Frameworks for Mathematics Grades 3-11 (Revised Version 3.0 November 2012) and English Language Arts/Literacy (Version 2.0), Grades 3-11 Common Core State Standards Implementation Workbook National Parent-Teacher Association Guides to Student Success 2011 Frameworks: MCAS Assessment Transition Plan PARCC Releases Initial Set of Item and Task Prototypes Model Curriculum Units Resources to Support the Transition to the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Mathematics Making Decisions about Course Sequences and the New Model Algebra I Course Enhanced High School Pathway to Calculus Supplementary Additional Common Core Resources for English Language Arts and Literacy
Frayer Model The Frayer Model is a vocabulary development tool. In contrast with a straight definition, the model helps to develop a better understanding of complex concepts by having students identify not just what something is, but what something is not. The center of the diagram shows the concept being defined, while the quadrants around the concept are used for providing the details. Words that work well with the Frayer Model include quadrilaterals, insects and democracies. We have included two variations of the model that we have seen used in school settings. Summer Planning for Successful PBL Photo credit: iStockPhoto It is often said that leading and teaching in project-based learning schools are like building an airplane while flying it. During the summer, we land the plane and we have a chance to just build. In the spirit of summer, this post is brief and concrete so we have more time for the beach and planning! 1. This is the perfect time to design or review the design of the projects you and/or your team will facilitate this year. 2. Watch this short video by Jeff Robin from High Tech High in San Diego. 3. Set your goals. As I write this, we are officially halfway through summer vacation -- maybe more than half for many schools; it is not too late to plan! see more see less
SEC Online - Welcome The Surveys of Enacted Curriculum web site. The purpose of this site is to encourage teacher reflection and conversation about classroom practice and instructional content. About the Survey Using a survey data collection and reporting model, teachers can compare their own practice and instructional content to responses by other teachers around the country and within their school or district. News Participating states, schools and districts are able to make use of aggregated teacher reports (individual teacher responses are disclosed only to the teacher) to develop a base-line of information about teacher practice in mathematics, science and English language arts, or to inform professional development or school improvement planning efforts. SEC Orientation Tutorial This tutorial will assist you in understanding what the SEC is, and then how to go online and successfully complete the survey. SEC Registration Tutorial This tutorial will take you step-by-step through the registration process.
Ohio English Language Arts The State Board of Education adopted Ohio's New Learning Standards in English Language Arts as a guide to teaching and learning in the classroom. The Kindergarten – Grade 12 standards will be fully in use in Ohio classrooms in the 2014-2015 school year. Introduction to Ohio's New Learning Standards for ELA, Model Curriculum, and Assessment Ohio's New Learning Standards Addtional Resources for Diverse Learners Model Curricula Ohio teachers worked in teams in 2010 to suggest instructional strategies and resources that align with the Ohio's New Learning Standards in English Language Arts. In October 2013, Career Connections strategies were added to the Instructional Strategies in the model curricula. Problems, Ideas and Evaluation
Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects The start of the school year offers an ideal time to introduce students to project-based learning. By starting with engaging projects, you'll grab their interest while establishing a solid foundation of important skills, such as knowing how to conduct research, engage experts, and collaborate with peers. In honor of Edutopia's 20th anniversary, here are 20 project ideas to get learning off to a good start. 1. Flat Stanley Refresh: Flat Stanley literacy projects are perennial favorites for inspiring students to communicate and connect, often across great distances. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Please tell us about the projects you are planning for this school year.
Quick Guide to the Common Core: Key Expectations Explained - Vander Ark on Innovation How the Common Core Will Change the Way Teachers Teach and Students Learn Guest Post By Adam Berkin, vice president of product development at Curriculum Associates Since the Common Core State Standards were introduced, there has been much discussion about what they mean for educators and students and how they will impact teaching and learning. While the standards have been adopted by 45 states and 3 territories so far, there is a lot of concern, anxiety, and debate around what is best for students, potential challenges for teachers, and what implementation should and can look like. The new standards are focused on two categories: English Language Arts and Mathematics. English Language Arts The text is more complex. Since the 1960s, text difficulty in textbooks has been declining (Source: CCSS Appendix A). The text covers a wider range of genres and formats. In addition, students are expected to understand the presentation of texts in a variety of multimedia formats, such as video.