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Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating achievement
Transcript of Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating achievement
The listening component of CCSS is part of your instruction, not an add-on. The anchor standards are broken down into groupings. Listening is all about "Comprehension & Collaboration" where students
talk together to understand texts.
The CCSS prioritize the argument genre in formal presentations. Students are asked to present information orally in a way that supports clear comprehension, using various forms of media. In the following clip 6th graders are attending a "conference" on the fate of the Amazon Rainforest using evidence to support their ideas from the perspective of six interest groups.
Presented by: Katie Bator, Benjamin Bakalyar, Jamie Clark & Yudelka Orosco
Pathways to the Common Core:
Click on play button lower left hand corner of picture.
The Common Core State Standards have been written, but the plan for implementation is still uncertain for many. The goal is clear, the pathway is not.
The Common Core is a call for accelerating students' literacy development. The most important message centers on lifting the level of student achievement, not on course coverage and compliance.
Students prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. ~p. 162
Students integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. ~p. 162
Students evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.~p. 162
The CCSS also include Speaking and Listening under the Language Standards. Here's a snapshot of what they say and mean for us.
Use digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations. pg. 163
Students present information, findings, and supporting evidence to listeners that is appropriate to task, purpose,and audience. pg. 163
Students adapts speech to a variety of context and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. Pg 163
Savvy and Creative
1. Connect every use of technology to a purpose.
2. Plan for rigorous curricular aligned conversations between students.
3. See your role as facilitator not leader.
4. Look for ways to spread out the more overreaching standards throughout the year.
5. Use the standards as an invitatation to explore, invent, and pilot some new ideas.
Conventions of Standard English-expectations for grammar
Knowledge of Language-Applying knowledge of language as craft choice in their writing and speaking
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use-expectations for vocabulary
Three "types" of writing
persuasive writing, editorials, essays
news articles, research reports
personal narrative, fiction, biography
Arguments: The most important CCSS style
Steep Learning Curve
Need to incorporate counterarguments and refute them
Need to use sources and assess validity - as students get more advanced, so does ability to determine credibility
Make other writing elements less challenging - allow students to focus on the argument
have students work across varying time lengths, genres - one time is not enough
Inform instruction with assessment
Ambitious standards balanced with a structured, skill-oriented approach
must be bottom-up, implemented grade by grade
Each year builds on previously learned skills
Skills that are mastered transfer across writing styles
Focus on a continuum of assessment - if a student masters one skill, move to the next (do not be satisfied with "good enough"
A task that requires cooperation across subject areas
Largest emphasis is on creating an organized structure, expanding from there - organization is the key
focus across curriculum
select research-based approach for instruction
be dynamic - adjust methods to student successes and failures with learning
coordinate across grades and disciplines
The CCSS value deep comprehension & high-level thinking skills. In this clip you will hear students having book club conversations where they are reading citing textual evidence, synthesizing and evaluating. Long gone are the days of making text-to-self connections and exploring personal responses. The CCSS "deemphasizes reading as a personal act and emphasizes textual analysis."
Learn About the Common Core in 3 Minutes!
Video from: corestandards.org
The remarkable aspect of the Common Core standards is the way they create a unified statement about what is important in reading. p24
Common Core works to unify reading so that readers bring the same skill to various texts. p.28