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Tangents call for a facepalm.

Do Common Core Professional Development Like This

I’m finishing up a professional development trip to California, and during these final days of the trip, a troubling (yet unsurprising) article has come to my attention: The article goes on to show that 47% of surveyed teachers would describe the Common Core professional development they’ve received as less than high quality. And all I can do […]

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Literacy Educators: Let’s Get Serious about Noncognitive Skills

The Common Core does a pretty good job of laying out some key cognitive skills students need to have to be ready for the literacy demands of a career or college. Granted, we need to reduce the standards into a simpler, more power-packed set of focused literacy priorities (the non-freaked out approach being one possible example) if we’re going to truly see literacy […]

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This is what we call getting after it in my classroom.

New Thoughts on the Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy

About a year and a half ago, I came up with the non-freaked out approach to Common Core literacy while driving home from a conference for edu-policy types in my state capital of Lansing. I was frustrated by the acrimony that seemed to suffuse the day’s sessions — there were politicians bickering with superintendents bickering with teachers […]

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Common Core State Standards Anchor Standard W.CCR.10 is about writing a lot of things often

Common Core W.CCR.10 Explained

(Wiping sweat from brow.) All right, let’s finish these writing anchor standards. W.CCR.10 — that’s the 10th (and final!) College and Career Readiness anchor standard within the Writing strand of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA/Literacy — reads as follows: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time […]

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7 Great Common Core Resources for History AND ELA Teachers

I just added and annotated 7 great resources for both US and world history teachers in the Resources page of Teaching the Core. (For the sake of convenience, I’ve copied the list of resources below.) These books weren’t written specifically with the Common Core in mind, but they all offer bountiful tie-ins to numerous CCR […]

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A Class Purpose and the Promotion of Student Flourishing

I love summer break’s gift of decompression. It is during the weeks from mid-June to mid-August that my brain defrags the preceding school year’s experiences, condensing them into a more manageable series of memories, lessons, and principles. What are we about? One principle that I began examining in the Fall of 2011 is that of […]

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