I was once told “Anyone can teach.” I believe this is partly true but being an effective teacher requires time, effort, and preparation. Attempting to teach a lesson without certain critical items in place can be done but the question is should it. I say no. If you have chosen to share your knowledge with your students then you choose… Read more →
Considering the Common Core
I’m going through the concepts of the common core again. As I do this, I realize I had been implementing these ideas long before the standards came about:
delving deeper into content
having the students explain the problem
read informational text
learn less material in greater depth
So the question is what “new” elements are the Common Core bringing?
Assessment for Common Core
The NJ ASK & HSPA will be phased out and replaced by The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). We should expect these to be computer-based online assessments for the 2014-15 school year. In fact, a multi-year project is already in motion to determine the NJ districts’ IT capabilities and to compare it to what will be needed to implement this large scale on-line testing.
SETDA is working in close partnership with the leadership of both major assessment consortia – the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) – to address the issue of technology readiness for school participation in the computer-based assessment systems they will be deploying starting in the 2014-15 school year.
Explaining the Common Core State Standards
I invite you to add any good resources you have for teaching using common core.
Creating multiple assignments rather than multiple pathways. By focusing on different supports rather than different assignments, you can better target students’ needs and give them the scaffolding they need to reach success. Differentiating by learning style versus learning needs earning needs constantly change and shift depending on students’ current content and procedural knowledge.. Differentiating by achievement level rather than by… Read more →
“This is how learning should be,” she said. “It should be active, it should be engaging. It should use a variety of modalities. That’s how we all learn.” Education Week: Schools Integrate Dance Into Core Academics
My old principal once made a comment that good teaching was like good theater; you got into character and at the end of the production, you should be tired because you were “on” the whole time.