Teaching the Core

If there is one way that you can begin implementing the writing and speaking/listening portions of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in a simplified, manageable, high bang-for-your-buck shion, its simply this: have students argue. Frequently. Whether you teach science, social studies,Core technical subjects, ELAeven mathargument is a dependable path to enlivening your classroom, promoting []

If youre in a Common Core state, chances are there is a raucous coalitiTeaching the Core,on of folks desperately seeking to abandon ship. I cant even begin to fully explain this phenomenon (Im hoping you, the awesome community of Teaching the Core, will help fill in my gaps), but I can tell you that the actors in []

Prior to the Common Core, I nurtured a belief that not all of my students needed to talk. After all, some are shy (I was, as a secondary school student), and mandatory speaking events can bring about fits of visceral terror for the introverted. But since then, my thinking has changed significantly. My first cognitive []

One of the biggest bang-for-your-buck Common Core standards is W.CCR.10, which basically says, Write frequently for many reasons. And the amazing thing about writing is that it achieves so many things simultaneously. For example, in the Writing to Read meta-analysis report, researchers found positive effect sizes for all kinds of writing, ranging from the mundane []

So I shared a bit ago about how one of the bad guys thats driving teachers nuts these days is bad PD. Okay, driving them nuts is an understatement. Just ask a teacher. And while leading some PD a couple weeks ago in the fine states of Oklahoma and Missouri, I started thinking of this []

Within 12 hours, Ill be on a plane bound for Germany,new york asian escort all thanks to an awesome study tour fellowship through the Transatlantic Outreach Program (if you teach any area of social studies, you need to look into this). But before embarking on this two week adventure, Id like to share some questions Im holding that []

Wow, this year has flown. Last Friday, I walked out of my school for the last time this school year. (This morning, I will re-enter it for world history curriculum work, but lets ignore that for a mCoreoment.) The beginning of summer means, to me, the beginning of some semblance of reflective leisure. Sure, this []

So theres been lots of talk about close reading this year, even though its r from new. And the hype makes sense; close reading is pretty much the heart of R.CCR.1, the very first of the reading anchor standards in the Common Core. With this in mind, my colleague Erica Beaton and I have written [].

So youre eager to challenge your students, Common Core style, with some challenging, complex texts. Or youre having students debate, but youd like to get a Flip camera to record them for feedback. Or youd like some . (Ive taught in that school, too.) The problem is, schools have budgets, and, too often, they dont []

I recently had the privilege and pleasure of traveling to two beautiful townsHarrah, Oklahoma and Lebanon, Missouriand speaking to two beautiful groups of teachers about the non-freaked out approach to the Common Core that we in the Teaching the Core movement have been working on over the past year. On my way home, I read []

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