Tagged with common core

Writing and the 6+1 Traits

In another post I just got a really great question about using the 6+ 1 Traits of Writing and how they fit in the common core. With so much attention being paid to the reading aspects of the CCSS, it’s a great change to have questions about writing!

When the System Strikes, Refute.

I’m stuck tonight unable to sleep.  It seems dumb, but I cannot stop thinking about those HB555 changes.  I’ve got this image in my head of what the end of the 2014-2015 school year will look like in Ohio, and it’s a little something like this: We’re a year into holding kids back in third … Continue reading

Next Gen of Standards–Teaching Students to Unlearn School

A colleague of mine (hi, Stacy!) posted recently on her co-authored blog about the blended learning program offered through Medina Schools.  (Side note–if your school/district is considering a blended approach, be sure to follow their blog as they weed through the muck and mire of actual implementation.) What I thought was fascinating about her post … Continue reading

Facing Difficult Truths in Selecting Texts

In what must be the Common Core controversy flavor of the month, the most recent criticism of the Standards addresses the split of nonfiction to fiction texts at the secondary level.  Alarmist articles decrying the replacement of classic literature, such as The Catcher in the Rye, with instruction manuals are far off base from the … Continue reading

Myths and “My Understandings” of Common Core

Sometimes I think naysayers say “nay” to everything. Like they actively seek out things with which they disagree instead of even attempting to find the minutest point of agreement. Maybe it’s easier to disregard arguments in their entirety than it is to admit there might be even trace amounts of value in them. Take, for … Continue reading

“Core Advocate” Event in Philadelphia, PA

A few months ago I was invited by Student Achievement Partners (achievethecore.org) to become a “Common Core Advocate” with 100 other educators across the nation. This weekend, a bunch of curriculum nerds (ha!) met in Philadelphia to really dig deep into the standards and talk about a lot of the tough questions we all have … Continue reading

Conversations in ELA in Preparing for Common Core

We’ve got a team of teachers at the Summit County ESC for an ELA curricular alignment workshop led by Karen Rumley today, and there are some fantastic conversations going on. Let me see what I can capture for you as we go… In our “10 Guiding Principles for ELA Instructional Shift” discussion…. Shift 1: Close … Continue reading

In Support of Standards-Based Reform

Sometimes I wonder what the word “reform” even means in the world of education today.  When I scroll through my Twitter feeds and Google reader, I see far leaning left reformists who want a total overhaul to schools as we know them.  They idealize schools without borders, totally individualized and student-driven learning paths, no standardized … Continue reading