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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Report gives insight into state of common core implementation - Common core requires students to be taught meta-cognitive strategies. If the materials are not used, then the instruction will not occur. Well worth the read! Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

The majority of the 46 states signed on to implement the Common Core State Standards are developing curriculum materials and other teaching resources, according to a recent report. Still, only four of those states said they actually require districts to use materials aligned with the standards. The report also found that less than 50% of states have aligned their high-school graduation requirements with the standards. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (9/13)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What are the keys to effective feedback? - courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief

Feedback is information on how a person is doing toward reaching a goal, writes Grant Wiggins in this article. For feedback to be helpful, it must also be "tangible and transparent; actionable; user-friendly (specific and personalized); timely; ongoing; and consistent," he notes. Wiggins also writes that research shows that greater learning is accomplished through less teaching and more feedback. Educational Leadership (9/2012)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Students to write about political conventions - Courtesy of ASCD

Real world tasks makes learners engaged and focused on strategies.
Well worth the read.
Two classes of high-school students in Abilene, Texas, are acting as journalists for a writing project. As reporters covering a national political convention, the students will work in groups of up to four on the project-based learning assignment. "For project-based learning, we try to find ways to teach the things we're supposed to teach in relevant, real-world scenarios," said Nathan Monroe, an English teacher at the Academy of Technology, Engineering, Math and Science. Abilene Reporter-News (Texas) (

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Cutting class begins in middle school, survey finds - Courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief

Here is a great article that addresses a huge issue.  We need to think about why students are so dis-engaged, they are willing to risk the consequences of cutting class!  
Engagement is a must!
Well worth the read.

Cutting class often begins in middle school and becomes a regular habit by ninth grade, according to a study by the Get Schooled Foundation, which reported that approximately 7 million students miss a month or more of class annually. Researchers, who surveyed more than 500 students in 25 U.S. cities about their views on missing school, found truancy to be present across all student demographics, with "habitual skippers" most at risk of dropping out of high school. Las Vegas Sun (8/29)