Five close reading strategies to support the Common Core I walked in to my first college class, Political Science 101, eager to learn. For my inaugural college assignment, my professor asked the class to read the first three chapters of the textbook for the next class period. That night, I returned to my dorm room, determined to learn everything I could in those three chapters. However, when I opened my textbook it was unlike anything I had read in high school. I shrugged, pulled out my highlighter and started highlighting. I quickly realized that I had no real game plan for reading this complicated textbook. Flash forward to my first few years of teaching. While this method may have been slightly more effective than what I used that first day of college, it was still too vague and ambiguous for my students. Last fall, I attended an AVID workshop about critical reading strategies. 1. The Common Core asks students to be able to cite and refer to the text. 2. 3. Telling students to simply underline “the important stuff” is too vague. 4. 5.
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Seizing the Moment for Mathematics Published Online: July 17, 2012 Published in Print: July 18, 2012, as Seizing the Moment for Mathematics Commentary By William Schmidt For years now it has been clear that the U.S. mathematics curriculum is a mile wide and an inch deep, and that the fragmented quality of mathematics instruction is related to our low ranking on international assessments. These new math standards have attracted some criticism, however. As part of our ongoing research, Richard Houang and I recently concluded a study of the math standards and their relation to existing state standards and the standards of other nations. On-demand webinar: Math Practices and the Common Core This Education Week webinar—featuring a lead writer of the common core for math and a district math supervisor—examines what the standards for mathematical practice are, where they came from, and how they can be effectively embedded in the classroom and not turn into simply another checklist for busy teachers What did our research uncover?
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Core Math Tools – Free Downloadable Graphing Software | WatsonMath.com The free stuff keeps coming! Here is one I just heard about through NCTM. It not only is free, but it can also be downloaded onto a USB drive and accessed without an internet connection. I played around with the graphing and the geometry briefly. One downside for iPad users is that Java is required, which the iPad does not support. Core Math Tools Use by Teachers and Students Core Math Tools can be saved on a computer or USB drive, making it possible to use without Internet access. Lessons | Mathalicious The Waiting Game How many people should you date before you settle down? Students use modeling with probability distributions to come up with a rule to try to maximize their relationship happiness. Topic: Conditional Probability and the Rules of Probability (CP), Making Inferences and Justifying Conclusions (IC) The Reel Deal How has the length of popular movies changed over time? Topic: Statistics and Probability (SP) Bracketology What are the odds of creating the best March Madness bracket? Topic: Conditional Probability and the Rules of Probability (CP), Creating Equations (CED), Linear, Quadratic, and Exponential Models (LE) Overrated How much confidence should you place in online ratings? Topic: Ratios and Proportional Relationships (RP) It's a Date How can we improve our calendar? Topic: Building Functions (BF), Functions (F), Interpreting Functions (IF) Hitting the Slopes Can you predict a country's Winter Olympic performance? Topic: Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data (ID)
PARCC Item and Task Prototypes PARCC Task Prototypes and Sample Items Samples can be found by clicking on each grade level on the left menu. There are two types of samples found on these pages: • Task Prototypes, which were released in August 2012; and, • Sample Items, which were released beginning on August 15, 2013 The task prototypes were created to provide viable early models to guide item development. The new sample items are first presented in PDF format to emphasize a focus on the content of the items. Learn more about: PARCC ELA/Literacy Rubrics The PARCC ELA/literacy Rubrics have been updated to reflect lessons learned from the extensive PARCC field test. Score points for the Conventions trait were reduced from 4 score points to 3 points. Use of sample and practice test items