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Friday, May 31, 2013

Here is a very insiteful post on formulating engaging questions. This is key to implementing the CCSS. Enjoy:} - courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How to help students "stay in the question"
Students need to be asked the right questions in the classroom to become engaged and focused in lessons, writes Matt Levinson, head of the Upper Division at Marin Country Day School in California. Students need to "stay in the question," instead of veering off topic. In this blog post, he suggests approaching curriculum design by involving students in the decision-making process. blog (5/30)Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

This is a great blog post regarding the kind of thinking the Common Core encourages. Performance tasks and inquiry require students to look at problems from a variety of perspectives and "try out" solutions. It is well worth the time it takes to read the post - courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

Teacher: Why schools need more problem-based learning
The best education reform is shifting instruction away from single-answer responses to messier problems for students to solve, with multiple answers and no single method to find an answer, educator Tim Holt writes in this blog post. "We cannot in all honesty think that students can possibly be prepared to solve life's messy problems when for years all they have been taught to do was look for the single best answer on the standardized test," writes Holt, a veteran educator in Texas. Powerful Learning Practice Bookmark and Share

Friday, May 10, 2013

Here is a grat article on developing creative thinking skills in classrooms that are implementing the CCSS. Courtesy of Education Week.Enjoy:}


Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo

Three educators share techniques for pushing students to think creatively while also covering the analytical skills emphasized in the common core.

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