Monthly Archives: October 2012

Free is Good

Recently EdWeek reported on large-scale efforts to create and organize Open Educational Resources aligned to the Common Core (here).  For example, the Utah State Office of Education has created textbooks from OERs for English language arts, math, and science.  In … Continue reading

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Text Complexity: 7 Actions to Take Right Now

Through the following webinar (here), Dr. Freddy Hiebert, researcher and member of the Common Core State Standards advisory committee, outlines seven actions educators can take to engage children with complex text. She draws the listeners’ attention to the consciousness of … Continue reading

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Bishop Manogue HS Trains on the CTP

Staff from Bishop Manogue gathered today to review the Close Reading Strategy via video and a Close Reading Exemplar. Below are the resources shared with this audience. CTP Manogue PowerPoint Coleman Describing the Close Reading Strategy Notetaker Grades 9-10 Exemplar … Continue reading

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A Primer on “Close Reading of a Text”

This week the Aspen Institute published “Implementing the Common Core State Standards: A Primer on ‘Close Reading of Text’” (here). Coauthored by Sheila Brown and Lee Kappes, the primer defines close reading, provides strategies for its implementation, and connects this … Continue reading

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Charlotte Danielson and the CCSS

In a keynote speech before NY Educators, Charlotte Danielson links the Common Core State Standards to the Danielson Framework for Teaching. She argues that we cannot know what content students will need to know in 25 years. Thus, we have … Continue reading

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CC Shifts in ELA

Rose Marsh posted the following video describing the six “instructional shifts.”  For Shift 3, text complexity, the narrator notes that educators, when working with students—especially students well behind in reading—will have to be prepared to chunk text and read “a … Continue reading

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Guidance for the ELA Common Core

The International Reading Association recently released a document entitled “Literacy Implementation Guidance for the ELA Common Core State Standards” (here). The document was created to contend with “confusion” and “conflicting messages” governing the implementation of the CCSS. Among the recommendations: … Continue reading

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