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Digging Deeper into the Common Core

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Fred Haas

on 4 July 2012

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Digging Deeper into the Common Core Fred Haas Hopkinton High School Boston Writing Project English Teacher Technology Liaison haaslearning.wordpress.com fhaas@hopkinton.k12.ma.us haasenglish@gmail.com @akh003 Opening Questions What do you already know about
the Common Core
and what would you like to explore? What potential do you see
in the new standards
for improving curriculum and instruction? Introduction videos from the Hunt Institute @ University of North Carolina Principles of Development Questions, Reactions, & Thoughts Do you have any additional questions, reaction, or thoughts, having seen these two videos?

How can any set of standards
prepare students for
ever-changing careers?

How much flexibility is there if
the assessments are the same? Unpacking MA Frameworks Guiding Principles
College & Career Readiness
Massachusetts Additions
Reading 8
Writing 3
Language Reading 8 Informational Text Delineate and evaluate the argument
and specific claims in a text,
including the validity of the reasoning
as well as the relevance
and sufficiency of the evidence. Questions Where are the key growth stages and areas
in the vertical band of Reading Standard 8?

What are the key verb changes
and how do they provide insight
into a pedagogical approach? Writing Standards Three Text Types and Purposes + One
Argument - Reasoned, Relevant, and Evidence
Informative/Explanatory - Selection, Organization, and Analysis
Narrative - Events, Details, and Sequences
Literature - Fiction, Reflection, Poetry, and Drama(MA3A) Production & Distribution
Appropriate Development, Organization, and Style
Strengthen Writing as Process
Use Technology to Publish, Interact, and Collaborate
High Quality First-Draft Text Under Tight Deadlines Range
Tasks, Purposes, and Audiences
Short and Extended Time Frames

Research Products
Short and Sustained Projects of Investigation
Multiple Types of Sources
Use of Both Literary and Informational Texts Questions Where are Writing Standards seem too narrow or limiting?

How does re-framing the
text types influence thinking
about pedagogical approach?

While there is the caveat about sub-genres how likely are they to be ignored? Uncommon Teachers Dr. Jim McDermott Uncommon teachers know that becoming
a complete human being
means learning to use the mind
and the heart. Uncommon teachers do not teach writing.
They teach young writers...
young readers,
young mathematicians,
young scientists,
young historians,
and young artists. The do not teach to the Common Core.
They teach to the child. Schooling, Teaching, & Learning Common Core Standards are Untested
Schools & Administrators are Scrambling Time Table
2011-2012 Partial Implementation
2012-2013 Near Full Implementation
2013-2014 Full Implementation PARCC Assessments Unknown
Strange Time to be a Teacher
Assessment and Teacher Evaluation Greatest Time to be a Learner Turbulent Political Climate Context National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center)
Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
Experts from Achieve, ACT, the College Board, the National Association of State Boards of Education, and the State Higher Education Executive Officers
Development Teams for Math & Science In the Beginning... 1983 report commissioned by President Ronald Reagan by National Commission on Excellence in Education 1991 the Sandia Report commissioned by Secretary of Energy Admiral James Watkins by Sandia Laboratories
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