Common Core Math Curriculum: How Do We Know It's Aligned?

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As more and more teachers become familiar with the common core math standards, the question that is beginning to crop up is,  "What curriculum (ie.

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Classroom Sneak Peek - Mathematical Practice #5

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The past couple of weeks I began blogging about the 8 Mathematical Practices from the Common core.  I finished Mathematical Practice # 1, Mathematical Practice # 2, Mathematical Practice #3, and Mathematical Practice #4.  This week the focus is on CCSS Mathematical Practice #5 -  Use appropriate tools strategically.

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Classroom Sneak Peek - Mathematical Practice #4

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The past couple of weeks I began blogging about the 8 Mathematical Practices from the Common core.  I finished Mathematical Practice # 1, Mathematical Practice # 2, and Mathematical Practice #3.  This week the focus is on CCSS Mathematical Practice #4 - Model with mathematics.    I'll address what this looks like in the classroom, what students will be doing, what teachers will be doing, and the most important, the type of quest

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Diagnose the Situation

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Leadership is tough.  Moving people from point A to put B can be quite a challenge, especially when you, as the leader aren't exactly sure what point B looks like and especially when there are so many variables that may or may not lead to point B and also the fact that point B may turn out to be where you don't want to go at all.  You may decide you are more interested in point C, J and M.

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ETS Research Seeks Fairness for All Test Takers

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As a former special education teacher and consultant, I have great interest in how the new Common Core State Assessment will look for at-risk, special education and ELL populations. I recently came across a national website whose goal is to support an assessment that is both “fair and valid to all test takers”.

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When the Stars Align

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Yesterday, it was as though the stars aligned and things I have been working on for over twenty years converged and crystallized in my mind.

Years ago when my children were young, I was the public speaking leader for their 4-H club. I taught 4-Hers how to write and deliver interesting and engaging speeches. They learned how to hook the audience by peaking their curiosity, deliver the bulk of the message in the body of the speech, and end in a clever way, usually leaving the audience wanting more.

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Classroom Sneak Peek - Mathematical Practice #3

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The past couple of weeks I began blogging about the 8 Mathematical Practices from the Common core.  I finished Mathematical Practice # 1 and Mathematical Practice # 2.  This week the focus is on CCSS Mathematical Practice #3 - Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.  I'll address what this looks like in the classroom, what students will be doing, what teachers will be doing, and the most important, the type of questions teachers will be asking.. 

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Classroom Sneak Peek - Mathematical Practice #2

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Last week I started a blog regarding CCSS Mathematical Practice #1 - Make Sense of problems and persevere in solving them.  I addressed what this looks like in the classroom, what students will be doing, what teachers will be doing, and the most important, the type of questions teachers will be asking.  This week, I'm addressing these same issues with a focus on CCSS Mathematical Practice # 2 - Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 

 

2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

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Common Core: A School Leader's Checklist

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As we continue to unpack the standards documents for the Common Core, many questions arise. Questions that school leaders should have on their radar as we continue this transition.

Following is a baker's dozen of some of items school leaders should consider having on their checklists.

1. Have all my teachers been introduced to the Common Core standards? And by all, I mean ALL!

2. Do I understand what changes should occur in the practices that I should see in the classrooms when I conduct walkthroughs?

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Step by Step Process for Using Survey of Enacted Curriculum

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Using Survey of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) Online to Compare Your State Standards to CCSS

At one of my professional learning opportunities I became aware of this awesome online tool from Survey of Enacted Curriculum. At first, I was overwhelmed with this tool, but as I dug deeper when working with teachers, I found this tool to be extremely helpful when looking at how the content from the standards had changed and to what level of understanding students needed to have within each standard. The tool is designed to help teachers initiate conversations with their colleagues about practice, and to inform their own school improvement decision-making efforts. Administrators can use the "results to plan professional development, monitor progress toward local and state curriculum reform goals, and to initiate school-level conversations among teachers about issues related to strengthening curriculum and instruction." - Survey of Enacted Curriculum.

If you have never used this tool before, follow this step by step process we used to compare and process the CCSS.

Step #1 - Do a Google search for Survey of Enacted Curriculum

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