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  • Understanding Common Core Texts: 10 Questions for Students

    By: Katie Becker | December, 2013 | 3,050 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Classroom Resources, Common Core State Standards

    You are What you Read

    As most know by now, the Common Core has put an emphasis on reading nonfiction texts– but why is this? In a study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, students were reading less than 4 minutes of nonfiction per day, compared to about 25 minutes of fiction. While it’s great that students are reading, researchers are now seeing that it’s not only how much they read, but also what they are reading that counts.
    More specifically, students need to be reading and comprehending more informational texts as …

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  • Pinterest Roundup: Next Generation Assessments

    By: Diane Weaver | September, 2013 | 2,079 views | No Comments | Posted in: Classroom Resources, Common Core State Standards

    Change. A word that is all-too familiar in the education world, and more specifically, with the process of the Common Core and new assessments. I briefly talk about this change in one of my previous posts about the Common Core Standards.
    For most educators, this shift to Next Generation Assessments is right around the corner (2014-2015), which ultimately means that educators must change their instruction to align with them.

     Here are some resources I gathered on Pinterest to help educators make this transition more fluid:

    Prezi by Cory Robertson- This Prezi presentation takes …

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  • Shift to the Common Core: How it will Change the Classroom

    By: Diane Weaver | July, 2013 | 3,724 views | 3 Comments | Posted in: Common Core State Standards

    With most change in my life, I want to know the outcome before it actually happens. I may ask, “What will be affected by this?” or “Will this change result in something positive, or something negative?” I have found that uncovering answers to questions such as these helps to ease any doubts.
    The shift to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is certainly one of the most talked about changes in education right now. Like my own experience with change, the CCSS has caused many education leaders to ponder on the …

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  • The Common Core: How it will Help Students

    By: Diane Weaver | June, 2013 | 3,563 views | No Comments | Posted in: Common Core State Standards

    It’s no secret that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a hot topic right now. It seems the common question is: will they hurt or help education?
    Recently, the NEA Today summoned a panel of educators from around the United States to have them weigh in on the CCSS, and whether or not they will benefit education. Overall, the panel was in agreement that the Standards will ultimately be a good thing for both teachers and students.
    Gathered from their responses, here are the six reasons how the Common Core will …

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  • Using iPads to Align with the Common Core

    By: Diane Weaver | March, 2013 | 11,005 views | No Comments | Posted in: Common Core State Standards, Technology in the Classroom

    Digital literacy is integral component to the Common Core Standards. The skill of critically navigating, consuming, and producing digital text and media has increasingly significant influence on a student’s success as an adult. In fact, it is even mentioned in the Standard’s portrait of students who are college and career ready, which states,
    “Students employ technology thoughtfully to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use. They tailor their searches online to acquire useful information efficiently, and they integrate what they learn using technology with what they learn offline. They …

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  • Pinterest Roundup: Four Common Core Resources

    By: Diane Weaver | February, 2013 | 1,987 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Classroom Resources, Common Core State Standards

    The adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) indicates a massive movement towards a more comprehensive valuation of students throughout the United States. In fact, as it stands now, more than 40 states have adopted the CCSS.
    Although these Standards have been adopted at the state level, educators also need to implement them on a personal and classroom level as well; this is where meaningful adoption occurs! To do this, my advice would be to frequently exercise in CCSS professional development and to apply it in practice.
    To make your PD …

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  • Five EdTech Tools that Support the Common Core

    By: Aaron Morrison | November, 2012 | 3,642 views | No Comments | Posted in: Common Core State Standards, Technology in the Classroom

    The Common Core State Standards are in place to help students become confident in solving real world problems, strengthen their ability to grasp ideas, understand other perspectives and cultures– just to name a few. But did you know that the Common Core State Standards also seek to advance students’ technology and digital media skills?

    In this day and age, it’s critical for students to practice using applicable technology so that they can prepare for life beyond high school. In fact, the Common Core states, “Just as media and technology are integrated …

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  • Grading- How and why?

    By: Aaron Morrison | September, 2012 | 4,150 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Classroom Management, Common Core State Standards

    We are excited to welcome back Ken O’Connor as our guest blogger. This is Ken’s second post for Pearson!
    Ken is an independent educational consultant who specializes in issues relating to the communication of student achievement, especially grading and reporting. You can read more about Ken O’Connor on his website.
    In my last blog post, I set out to show how I think grades should be determined; in this post, I will explain why I think grades should be determined in those ways.
    There are four P’s that combine to produce implementation of …

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  • Please, Not Another Post About Common Core State Standards

    By: Chris Alldredge | May, 2012 | 2,224 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Common Core State Standards

    Is it just me? Or are we seeing a significant increase in the number of articles and stories about the Common Core State Standards in newspapers, on television, and in the blogosphere? I guess it makes sense that the closer we get to the 2014-2015 school year (the first year that students will be tested on the new standards) the more public interest in the standards will develop.
    What surprised me recently, however, is the amount of this coverage that is controversial. I first encountered this when a neighbor of mine …

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  • Common Core State Standards Initiative

    By: Aaron Morrison | September, 2011 | 1,894 views | No Comments | Posted in: Common Core State Standards, Education Reform

    With the new school year, many teachers find themselves implementing or hearing about the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Being that this is a topic that greatly influences education, we’ve decided to highlight one of our older posts about the Common Core State Standards Initiative!
    Over the past couple months, many recent high school graduates picked up their belongings and moved away from home.  Some of these graduates moved across town, while others moved to a neighboring state or across the country.  These young men and young women …

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