With daily blog posts and regular updates in our “Favorites” file, we know keeping up with what we’re sharing can be hard. In case you missed anything, here is our week in review:
We made a quick announcement about what we will be placing in our “favorites” file.
Another post where explore the notion of a “close read.” Our conclusion: sometimes we trade off close reading for connections, thereby missing the author’s point.
We were thinking about the short-cuts we sometimes take in the name of saving time and caution readers that there might be hidden costs to materials labeled “Common Core aligned.”
What can be learned from Moneyball, Billy Beane, and baseball that can help us put the Common Core initiative in perspective?
It seems that people are saying the darndest things about the Common Core and some of them don’t make much sense. We poke a little fun at these and implore readers to use a little common sense!
Recommended Resources from our Favorites File
Common Core Standards Drive Wedge in Education Circles
What’s the controversy behind the Common Core Standards? This USA Today article presents the argument from all fronts citing criticisms from Diane Ravitch that the standards have never been field-tested to David Coleman touting the renewed emphasis on content.
What Should Be Common in the Common Core Standards?
Very poignant IRA blog post written by Janet Allen imploring teachers to use what they know about good teaching as the work to understand and implement the Common Core Standards.
Dear Governor: Lobby to Save a Love of Reading
In this article, Anne Stone and Jeff Nichols look closely at ELA practice questions and note the reductive nature of assessments. They “lobby” for fostering a love of reading. Though this article came out in January ‘12, its message is always timely.
Socially Complex Text and the Common Core
Greg Mcverry expresses his frustration with the “hubbub revolving around text complexity” pointing out that the definitions for complex text don’t take into account the technology demands of 21st Century learners. He argues that it is impossible to address the true nature of Text Complexity without using the Internet.