Last Friday, I received this update from The Teaching Channel, and I could not agree more with the concept that the idea and the reality of the Common Core Standards have collided for many teachers. It […]

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Teaching the Core: A Non-freaked out approach to the Common Core standards, by Dave Stuart, is the best teacher-written blog I’ve found for discussion and examples of the instructional shifts in the ELA standards. His […]

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The CCSS Introduction uses the phrase “for any creative and purposeful expression of language” as the simplified end result of developing literacy skills.  Writing Anchor Standard 10 at all levels and for content areas says […]

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While studying the practice of close reading as defined, described, analyzed, compared, modeled, and evaluated in numerous articles, blogs, and videos one thing has become increasingly clear to me: the operative word in this phrase […]

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I became a supporter of the Common Core after reading page 6 of the ELA Introduction: “What is Not Covered by the Standards.” I recommend returning to this page with a highlighter and pencil in […]

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Years ago, my middle level colleagues and I were introduced to a document titled This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents. We spent many hours of professional development time combing through its pages, making […]

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The way my principal explained it is that we aren’t going to ‘do science and social studies.’ We’re going to read more about topics in science and social studies,” a teacher friend recently told me. […]

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Pundits abound proclaiming the Common Core Standards are akin to government takeover of public education, a national curriculum, and “education without representation,”  each voice proclaiming with its own prophetic tone that nothing good will come […]

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