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5 Things Every Teacher Should be Doing to Meet the Common Core State Standards

5 Things Every Teacher Should be Doing to Meet the Common Core State Standards
The following blog post was written by Eye On Education's Senior Editor, Lauren Davis. To read more newsworthy blog posts from Eye On Education, subscribe to our Insights eNewsletters . At the NCTE convention in November, everyone was buzzing about the Common Core State Standards . Teachers wanted to know how the new standards will alter what they teach and how they teach it. To gather answers to those questions, I attended a variety of NCTE sessions, and I spoke to educators across the country. 1. ...to read the other four things every teacher should be doing to meet the CCSS, as well as more details and examples, download Eye On Education's free whitepaper: 5 Things Every Teacher Should be Doing to Meet the Common Core State Standards . Check out Eye On Education's other free whitepapers! Related:  Instructional Tech Resourcesbest practices

Bring Your Own Technology – And Thinking About Equity « In my previous post (here) I referenced an upcoming event at SFU, Targeting Technology for Maximum Student Benefit. To think out loud a bit, as well as to garner some ideas, I want to take a look at a number of issues that need to be unpacked, and to create some models for comment, pushback and refinement. So, the idea is to engage in a larger conversation, but less about the case for change, and more about a tangible idea of what that change might look like. One of the points raised in the BC Education Plan under Learning with Technology is “The Province will promote the use of technology for both students and educators.” So, why does the BC Education Plan want to promote the use of technology? Technology is only the device; it is access to the benefits of a digitized world where everything is amplified that is the greater goal. Some underlying background assumptions: 4) Simply encouraging students to bring their own devices is not enough, or an effective strategy. Like this:

Practical PBL: The Ongoing Challenges of Assessment In recent years, most students in my project-based AP Government classes have indicated, in both class discussions and anonymously on surveys, that they prefer project-based learning to a more traditional classroom experience. They find PBL more fun and believe that it leads to deeper learning. However, two types of students often resist this model. Both types of students benefit from the option of choosing their role in project cycles to increase motivation. Fair Assessment of Teamwork To increase buy-in for both types of students, the most important thing a teacher needs to do is help build individual accountability -- and, by extension, trust -- in student teams. 1) Individual Skill Areas I have developed an individual semester portfolio as the most important measure of a student's skills assessment. Oral communicationWritten communicationAssuming a roleUse of primary textsLeadershipBeing a team player 2) Role-Based Assessment 3) "Weighted" Scoring

Four Major Shifts in Literacy This video mini-series has been designed to provide an efficient pathway for understanding and implementing the most significant shifts in English/language arts and literacy instruction. Ranging from seven to ten minutes in length, each video tackles one important topic and then provides tools that educators can begin using in their classrooms immediately. The order in which the videos are watched in not critical, so please feel free to start with the one that seems the most intriguing. Major Shift 1: Emphasizing Informational Text The Common Core State Standards insist on the use of more information texts throughout the school day. Major Shift 2: Literacy Standards for All Content Areas Content-area teachers are not English teachers by training. Major Shift 3: Text Complexity Students must have opportunities to read challenging texts. Major Shift 4: The Special place of Argument Arguing and informing/explaining are crucial in the Common Core State Standards. Next Steps

iRead iRead is a group of teachers in Escondido Union School District dedicated to the idea that mobile devices can be powerful learning tools for all students. iRead gives teachers a chance to create meaningful, curriculum-centered projects with your students. iRead classrooms are using digital tools (iPods, iPads, and various creative mobile apps) to improve skills, engage in problem solving, and increase digital literacy. iRead has been recognized by the California School Boards Association as well as multiple times by the Classroom of the Future Foundation and Apple. Click on Visitors to get an overview and detailed history of the iRead program, recognitions, and awards. Prospective EUSD teachers apply annually to be part of the program. Members meet on a monthly basis to exchange ideas and strategies. We started in 2006-07 by collecting data about fluency rates - this proved to be very promising. This year, we have added 32 new teachers.

What is PBL? To help teachers do PBL well, we created a comprehensive, research-based model for PBL — a "gold standard" to help teachers, schools, and organizations to measure, calibrate, and improve their practice. In Gold Standard PBL, projects are focused on student learning goals and include Essential Project Design Elements: 9 Ways the CC Will Change Classroom Practice Harvard Education Letter Volume 28, Number 4July/August 2012 By ROBERT ROTHMAN Nine Ways the Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice, continued Nine Ways the Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice In a recent survey, William Schmidt, a University Distinguished Professor of education at Michigan State University, found some good news and bad news for supporters of the Common Core State Standards. Those teachers might want to take a closer look. In Mathematics 1. This is an excerpt from the Harvard Education Letter.

mobilelearning4specialneeds - home Differentiation - tools, tips and resources Differentiation is an important aspect of education. Students learn differently, have different needs, different backgrounds, different skills, different ability levels, different interests and more. As educators, we try to create engaging lesson activities that provide a variety of learning experiences and allow students to demonstrate their learning in different ways. Differentiation should occur in both how students learn and gain knowledge and skills, and in how they demonstrate and are assessed on what they have learned. “In the practice of education, differentiation is defined as working to address the abilities, interests, and needs (both perceived and real) of individuals. Here are some resources, tips, and tools on differentiation: Digital Differentiation - ideas and tools for differentiating with digital resources Tools for Differentiation - helping teachers meet the needs of all learners Differentiating with Web 2.0 Technologies

CC Key Expectations Explained - Vander Ark on Innovation How the Common Core Will Change the Way Teachers Teach and Students Learn 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. Since the 1960s, text difficulty in textbooks has been declining ( ). In order to be college-, career-, and life-ready, students need to be familiar and comfortable with texts from a broad 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. The Common Core State Standards are not "test prep" standards.

A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning You’ll find a selection of outstanding online resources and projects, sorted by grade levels, to provide a glimpse of successful school programs. Elementary School: The World Peace Game Skype in the Classroom Peace Helpers Become Classroom Problem Solvers Middle School: Down the Drain Digiteen: Digital Citizenship for Teenagers World of Warcraft in School High School: World Youth News Digital Youth Network Money Corps: Finance Experts as Guest Teachers Across the Grades: More Ideas that Work Ten Tips to Bring 21st-Century Skills Home Resources: Bring the C's to Your School

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