(NOTE: Readers have begun to contribute some excellent ideas in the comments. I’ll get around to adding them to the body of this post but, until then, be sure to review the comments, too!)
I’m obviously not a real big fan of Common Core standards, and am a bit skeptical about its practical impact on what happens in the classroom. Nevertheless, they’re here, and I thought it would be useful to readers and to me to begin to collect some practical and helpful tools.
I’m starting off with a few , and hope readers will contribute a whole lot more — for all subjects and grade levels.
You might also be interested in these other lists:
My Ed Week post, Best Ways to Prepare Our Students for CCSS in Language Arts.
Here are just a few to begin and, as I mentioned earlier, I hope many additional resources will be in the comments:
Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards comes from Edutopia.
The folks at Engaging Educators have really been on top of it. You can read Ben Curran’s review of the book, “Pathways To The Common Core.” Several of my colleagues read it at a week-long California Writing Project workshop in June, and they, too, spoke highly of it. Ben helped organize a Twitter chat with one of the authors, and its archived here. They’re going to continue the chat later in July, and you can read the details in Ben’s book review.Ben also keeps a diigo list on the Common Core.
Spotlight On Implementing The Common Core Standards comes from Education Week.
Four Myths About the ELA Common-Core Standards is by Dina Strasser and Cheryl Dobbertin at Education Week Teacher.
(my colleague Kara Synhorst just suggested an iPhone app for Common Core)
ASCD has a free newsletter called The Core Connection.
Project-Based Learning and Common Core Standards is also from ASCD.
Nine Ways the Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice is from The Harvard Education Letter.
The Common Core and Bloom’s Taxonomy is from Reach Common Ground.
CCSS: Take a Deep Breath is from MiddleWeb.
Education Week Launches Common-Core Newsletter is from…Education Week.
Common Core Instruction, Like All Good Instruction, Is Not About Fish Tossing is by Chris Lehman.
5 Things Every Teacher Should be Doing to Meet the Common Core State Standards is by Lauren Davis at Eye On Education.
ASCD has created a Pinterest Board for Common Core State Standards.
The International Reading Association Secondary Reading Interest Groups has an interesting newsletter on Common Core and reading.
The Common Core Ate My Baby and Other Urban Legends is a very useful article from ASCD Educational Leadership.
Why Read-Alouds Matter More in the Age of the Common Core Standards is from ASCD Educational Leadership.
7 Actions that Teachers Can Take Right Now: Text Complexity is from The Text Project.
Fiction or Nonfiction? Considering the Common Core’s Emphasis on Informational Text is from The New York Times Learning Network.
Text Project has a lot of useful resources.
The Common Core State Standards: Misconceptions about Informational and Literary Texts is from The University of Arizona.
Social and emotional learning gaining new focus under Common Core is a very useful and interesting article published by Ed Source.
Q & A Collections: Implementing The Common Core is one of my posts over at Education Week Teacher. It brings together all my posts there on…the Common Core.
Common Core & Ed Tech looks like a useful blog.
The Institute For Learning also has some useful resources.
The Core of the Common Core, Part 1: The Anchor Standards for Reading is from Burkins and Yaris. It provides metaphors and analogies in explaining Common Core.
The same site has a Periodic Table of Common Core Standards.
Thanks to Wendi Pillars for those two resources on Twitter.
Achieve The Core Common Core writing samples from classrooms around the country.
Two Great FREE Apps from Mastery Connect is from Bill Ferriter.
I really like the chart you’ll find at the Hechinger report titled Six ways Common Core changes English and math classrooms.
Tackling Informational Text is the theme of an issue of ASCD Educational Leadership, and it’s now online.
Here are the articles there I’d particularly recommend:
One to Grow On / Invitations to Read is by Carol Ann Tomlinson. Here’s how she ends it:
You Want Me to Read What?! is by Timothy Shanahan.
Points of Entry is a typically excellent piece by Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher.
‘We Can Do Better’ : An Interview With Jim Burke is one of my posts over at Education Week Teacher.
What Does It Mean to “Align” PBL with Common Core? is from The Buck Institute For Education.
The Common Core FAQ is from NPR.
What Does A Good Common Core Lesson Look Like? is from NPR.
This Ed Week Teacher piece brings together all my posts from the past three years on implementing the Common Core.
Finding Overlap in the Common Math, Language Arts, and Science Standards contains a very helpful Venn Diagram (it’s also embedded below as a Pinterest Pin).
Online Library of Common-Core Resources Expands is from Education Week.
Kappan’s Common Core Writing Project is “a forum for ideas about implementing the Common Core standards. We invite educators to share stories about what works (and what doesn’t) in realizing the best 21st-century education for all children.”
Q & A Collections: Implementing The Common Core is my latest Education Week Teacher column.
It contains Links to all posts related to implementing the Common Core from the past four years.
Teaching Tolerance, the organization justifiably well-known for developing very good social-justice oriented teaching resources, has unveiled: “Perspectives for a Diverse America… a literacy-based curriculum that marries anti-bias social justice content with the rigor of the Common Core State Standards.” It’s a very ambitious site, and I think most teachers will find the highlight to be 300 great texts, often from larger works, all set-up to print out and copy for students. Those are a gold mine!
These are just the tip of the iceberg. What else would you recommend?
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