Sunday, August 26, 2012

Open House Talking Points for Parents


We just completed our first week of school.  I love the first week of school!  It is such a busy, crazy, hectic week, but it's so much fun to see the children come back all fresh and ready to learn and so excited to see their teachers and friends after their summer adventures.

If you are like my school, you are now getting ready for Open House (aka Back to School Night).  To help our teachers handle the inevitable questions they will receive about the CCSS we provided the following information for them.  I thought I'd share it just in case someone else could use the information, as well.

Highlights of the new standards include:

1. Three types of writing, which are explicitly taught from Kindergarten on: Narrative (telling a story or telling about an event), Informative/explanative (conveying information), and Opinion/argumentation (building a position or explanation using valid rea- soning and credible information).

2. Increased emphasis on reading and writing informational text at every grade level.

3. Greater emphasis on digital reading, writing, and multimedia production.

4. A focus on comprehension of text, including analysis for credible evidence and sound reasoning.

5. Students will be expected to create projects and documentsgenerating their own language and evidenceto demonstrate what they have learned, in addition to taking and passing tests.


What can parents do to help their child achieve at these higher levels?
 

Here are some important suggestions:

·         Stay in touch with your childrens teacher and monitor your childrens school performance. Waiting until the end of a semester or school year to find out about problems will be too late to help. Let your children know school work is important to you and that you expect them to do their best.

 

·         Be ready to support your children as assignments become more difficult to read and more challenging to write. Be patient. Provide the time and location and resources needed to study at home.

 

·         There is no substitute for reading. Reading a variety of books increases vocabulary, comprehension, general knowledge of the world, and love of learning. The more you read the better reader you are!  From the time your children are young, provide regular, structured time for reading. Fill your home with opportunities to read.  Show them that you are a reader, too.


Frequently Asked Questions

How will students be assessed on the new standards? Will new standards mean new tests?

Students will be assessed on an ongoing basis as they proceed through grades and courses. Florida is part of a large consortium of states working on new computer-based assessments that will be in place within a couple of years. These new assessments will provide a much more comprehensive assessment of student achievement.
 
Do the new standards provide adequate challenge for high- ability students?
Yes. The standards are more rigorous than any Florida has used before. They provide excellent guidance for teachers to provide both content and instruction that will challenge high-ability learners.
 
 
Are the new standards too hard for students who may already be struggling with read- ing and writing?
The new standards include guidance on best- practices of instruction— not just what to teach, but how best to teach.  All students learning and progress will be carefully monitored, with teachers making adjustments and re-teaching as necessary.
When can we expect the new standards to be fully implemented in every classroom?
Our goal is to transition to the new standards beginning with the 2013–2014 school year. It is an enormous undertaking! Our teachers will be and have been participating in comprehensive professional development in order to implement the new standards effectively.
 
 
Wishing you all a very happy and successful Open House!
 
God bless,
Tami
 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Common Core Toolkit



Hi Everyone!

I have created a Common Core Toolkit on LiveBinder.com.  Below is a link to the binder, which is full of resources and ideas for implementing the new standards.

Wishing you all a very happy first day of pre-planning!

God bless,
Tami

 


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Some ELA Resources for CC


Happy August!

I can hardly believe the summer is coming to a close!  I think like most of you I have spent the better part of my summer researching resources on the CCSS.  For the 2012-2013 school year my school is focusing on implenting the ELA of the CC.  I found some resources that I felt were worth sharing.  I hope they will be helpful to you!

God bless,
Tami

Lesson Plans:

  • Read Works Lesson Plans - FREE site that not only provides reading lessons based on CC standards, but also has a great resource for non-fiction reading options.

Close Reading Resources:















21st Century Skills & Common Core









Literacy Design
Text Complexity
  • ELA & Literacy Resources - This resource is from the state of Kansas.  Scroll down about halfway and you will find a list of literature than has already been reviewed for text complexity.  Click on the title and you will taken to a diagram of the complexity of the book and grade level recommendation.