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Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards

Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards
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Common Core Checklists Our common core standards checklists are just what you need to help you keep track of the standards taught in your classroom. Use these to make sure you are addressing all that you need to teach throughout the course of the school year. Keep track of when you have introduced, retaught and assessed each indicator. The most important parts of the common core are the anchor standards that carry through from kindergarten to high school. These have been included with each language arts checklist so that you don’t lose sight of your essential goals for teaching and learning. ***Please keep in mind that this checklist is more to be used as a system of checks and balances in your teaching for the year and not so much a “check off” sheet for these indicators to be checked and thought of as “done”. Reading Writing Language Speaking & Listening Math Reading Writing Language Speaking & Listening Math Reading Writing Language Speaking & Listening Math Reading Writing Language Speaking & Listening Math

Bloom’s Taxonomy by Patricia Armstrong, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching Background Information In 1956, Benjamin Bloom with collaborators Max Englehart, Edward Furst, Walter Hill, and David Krathwohl published a framework for categorizing educational goals: Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. Familiarly known as Bloom’s Taxonomy, this framework has been applied by generations of K-12 teachers and college instructors in their teaching. The framework elaborated by Bloom and his collaborators consisted of six major categories: Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation. While each category contained subcategories, all lying along a continuum from simple to complex and concrete to abstract, the taxonomy is popularly remembered according to the six main categories. The Original Taxonomy (1956) Here are the authors’ brief explanations of these main categories in from the appendix ofTaxonomy of Educational Objectives (Handbook One, pp. 201-207): The Revised Taxonomy (2001)

IN OUR SCHOOLS: Common Core - More thinking, learning UNION TWP. — Eileen Gorman likes to watch her students struggle. The eighth-grade math teacher at Glen Este Middle School in Cincinnati believes they will learn more that way – as she learns herself to teach the new Common Core, which many believe will transform classroom lessons, homework assignments and state tests. So on a recent morning, before her eighth-grade algebra students could sit down or crack open a book, Gorman gave them a word problem that included measurements of a toy snake, the kind that jumps out of boxes, and a question: would that snake fit best in a box or in a can of equal width and height? The students engaged in guided guesswork or, as Gorman put it, a “productive struggle.” This is a look inside the classroom under the Common Core, curriculum standards being adopted by 46 states to better prepare students for college and the workplace. The change will, advocates say, mark a fundamental shift in the way the nation’s children are educated. Marrs disagrees.

America Achieves: Welcome Common Core In the Classroom Common Core State Standards: A Good Fit for Gifted Education? Jennifer G. Beasley, Ed.D. is an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas. She will be presenting at ASCD’s Common Core Professional Development Institutes which you can learn more about and register for here. With so many states committing to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) many educators of the gifted and talented are wondering what the CCSS might mean and whether these new standards will be a good fit for the students they serve. What is Common Core? In order to address whether it is a good fit for advanced learners, we need to know just what is at the heart of the standards. “Are aligned with college and work expectations;Are clear, understandable and consistent;Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order skills;Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; andAre evidence-based.” Sources:

Customize Handbook | National Core Arts Standards The arts have always served as the distinctive vehicle for discovering who we are. Providing ways of thinking as disciplined as science or math and as disparate as philosophy or literature, the arts are used by and have shaped every culture and individual on earth. They continue to infuse our lives on nearly all levels—generating a significant part of the creative and intellectual capital that drives our economy. The arts inform our lives with meaning every time we experience the joy of a well-remembered song, experience the flash of inspiration that comes with immersing ourselves in an artist’s sculpture, enjoying a sublime dance, learning from an exciting animation, or being moved by a captivating play. The central purposes of education standards are to identify the learning that we want for all of our students and to drive improvement in the system that delivers that learning. Inclusion Guidelines

Include parents in standards debate: Opposing view Across America, moms are rising up against the Common Core, national standards for English-language arts and mathematics adopted by 45 states. As Anne Gassel, of Ellisville, Mo., said, "Parents and their legislators were cut out of the loop. Even now we can't get straight answers." OUR VIEW: Myths fuel attacks on 'Common Core' standards Private concerns, notably the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, financed the Common Core. Two private entities, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, direct the initiative and actually own and copyrighted the Common Core. Although Common Core is regularly described as "state-led," its authors are private entities, which are not subject to sunshine laws, open meetings or other marks of a state-led effort. Through its Race to the Top grants program, the federal government gave states the incentive to adopt the Common Core and to use aligned, federally funded standardized tests. It's simple.

Edmodo, Common Sense Launch Social Learning Digital Literacy Curriculum Digital Citizenship | News Edmodo, Common Sense Launch Social Learning Digital Literacy Curriculum By Tim Sohn09/19/12 A partnership created by Common Sense Media and social learning platform Edmodo is providing teachers with student activities designed to foster responsible use of social media and other technologies. Through the collaboration, Edmodo users have free access to "Digital Literacy and Citizenship in a Connected Culture" curriculum for K-12. Teachers who use Edmodo, which is free for teachers and students, have access to Common Sense Media lessons on cyberbullying, plagiarism, and Internet privacy. The digital literacy curriculum, provided by Common Sense Media, which is a nonprofit organization, is based on the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and studies by Howard Gardner. For more information, visit or About the Author

CCSS Implementation Common Core Implementation Video Series To further aid states as they continue to implement the Common Core State Standards (Standards), the Hunt Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers have commissioned a series of video vignettes that explain the Standards in far greater depth. Several of the key Standards writers were asked, in their own words, to talk about how the Standards were developedand the goals they set for all students. These videos were developed to help diverse groups – educators, policymakers, parents – better understand the breadth and depth of the Standards and how they will improve teaching, make classrooms better, create shared expectations, and cultivate lifelong learning for all students. The segments are organized into separate Mathematics and ELA sections, and demonstrate critical concepts related to each. States, schools, districts and teachers can use these videos in a number of ways—including, but not limited to: Video Links

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