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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Poll: Teachers are stressed out after years of reform - courtesy of SmartBrief

We are often concerned about the impact of stress on students' abilities to learn.  However, when we think of teachers we do not recognize their needs as learners.  This is worth a read for any teacher caught up in the changes being forced on the schools and the lack of support being provided to support those changes.  Reflect on what you need and then see if you can organize your team to find those resources.  Good luck!

After two years of dramatic education reform efforts, teachers nationwide are reporting their lowest levels of job satisfaction in 25 years -- 39% -- according to the annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher. Among the greatest concerns expressed by the teachers who were polled was increased stress, and principals also reported job dissatisfaction, with 75% of principals saying their jobs are too complex. The survey also revealed that most principals and teachers are unsure whether the Common Core State Standards will improve students' performance. The Hechinger Report

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Here are some great resources for developing meta-cognition in conjunction with the common core! Check it out!

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In Teaching Students to Dig Deeper: The Common Core in Action Ben Johnson identifies the skills and qualities that students need, based on the Common Core State Standards, to be really ready for college and careers.
This infographic focuses on one of these skills, problem-solving, and identifies five strategies that can be used in the classroom to help students bolster their creativity and develop their problem-solving abilities:
  1. Brainstorming With a Twist
  2. Word Association
  3. Inkblot (Rorschach) Test
  4. Solute vs. Solution
  5. Gallery Walk
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Lauren Davis has been Senior Editor at Eye On Education since May 2011. She is the author of the popular new series Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans,and  also writes a bi-monthly column called "Comments on the Common Core."
In this podcast, Lauren sets the record straight on how much fiction is still allowed under the Common Core State Standards, how it can be taught along with nonfiction, and provides suggestions for selecting and incorporating engaging nonfiction texts.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Common core gives librarians a chance to lead - courtesy of Smartbrief

Meta-cognition is key to the inquiry process and is embedded in the Common Core.

The Common Core State Standards are being embraced by many school and public librarians, who say they view the change as an opportunity to reach out to teachers and students. Much of what the common core emphasizes -- learning through inquiry and the use of primary-source documents -- is part of what librarians already do as information specialists. "A common phrase that has been circulating throughout the library world is, 'We are the Common Core.' And that is the truth," said Margaux DelGuidice, a school and public librarian in New York state. Publishers Weekly (2/5)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

What educators should ask to further 21st-century learning - courtesy of SmartBrief


Educators should ask themselves 12 questions to further teaching and learning in the 21st century, writes David Penberg, an urban and international educational leader. Among the questions Penberg poses in this blog post: how to encourage students to think globally, how to leverage the power of the Internet and other technology, how to tap into all learners, and how to assure that schools and educational programs give students opportunities to connect with the world around them. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/17)