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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Meta-cognition is implicit in the Common Core. Here is a article that addresses some of the shifts required. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Mont. teachers learn to "think differently" under the common core
As the school year gets underway, teachers in a Montana district are attending training sessions to become more familiar with their new English curriculum under the Common Core State Standards. Officials say the change will include more analysis, deep thinking and will incorporate ways to include English lessons in other subjects. "It clearly identifies how we have to think differently -- not change -- but think differently," said Jane Doty-Fischer, an education consultant for Marzano Research Laboratory, who lead the training. Great Falls Tribune (Mont.) (8/21)
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

This method has potential for providing a framework that could be used to develop metacognitive awareness on student performance. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Competency-based education is gaining momentum nationwide -- tying students' grades to "competencies" in certain core skills, such as writing and math, to creative problem-solving, rather than typical measures of areas including timely homework and extra credit. In New Hampshire, considered a pioneer of the method, English teacher Aaron Wiles said teachers are able to personalize instruction and give more targeted assistance when it is needed, an approach that aims to prepare students for college and careers. The Christian Science Monitor (8/14)
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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Many of the practices we have discussed, are now being embedded in practice. Here is a article on differing perspectives. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How including different perspectives can make systems stronger
Leaders should be active in seeking input from their adversaries to help them move past blind spots and make stronger decisions, K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers write in this blog post. By bringing in different perspectives, leaders not only are challenged but also are in a better position to build a broader support base when implementing changes, they write. Education Week/Leadership 360 blog (8/6)
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