Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Is it Math time yet?

Happy Wednesday!  

Well, we seem to be moving along with the ELA Standards for the CC.  Our next big task is to start getting tools set for math implementation.  My school is going to implement the CC Math standards next school year, but I am starting to get resources in place because before you know it next year will be here!  :-)

I have started a math a page.  To find the resources for math click on the tab at the top that says CC Math.

Hope you will find something useful to help you start your math implementation!

God bless,

Monday, September 17, 2012

CC Lesson Resources

Happy Monday!

Planning lessons is a fun part of teaching, but also a stressful and time consuming part of teaching.  With that in mind I found two sites that provide free lesson plans based on the CCSS.  The plans I previewed from the sites were well written and contained the rigor that the CC is striving for. 

I hope these help ease some of the planning woes!


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Common Core Vocabulary

Happy Wednesday!

I added a new page today on Vocabulary for the Common Core.  Click the tab at the top of the page to view a webinar from Sadlier and links to vocabulary lists.

I hope this page will be helpful to you!

God bless,

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Creating ELA Lesson Plans

Happy Saturday!

Goodness knows, teachers are well versed in creating lesson plans, but creating lesson plans that incorporate the heart of the Common Core has caused a lot worry, stress, and a LOT of time.  The issue of time, I think, is really the most crucial problem with lesson planning.  Quite honestly, there just isn't enough time in the day to create lessons, incorporate them into a lesson plan, and teach.  Certainly this will get much better with time, but like with anything that is new - change is arduous.

To help our teachers in the planning process I have been researching lesson plans for the ELA standards of the CCSS.  Below are various resources that either provide actual lesson plans or support in creating lesson plans that incorporate more in depth, high order skills.

I hope these are helpful and will help ease the strain of planning quality, student-centered lessons.

Happy Saturday!

ELA Sample Plans:

Inspiration Software has provided numerous lesson plans (free) for Grades 6-12 based on the CCSS.  Below are some samples of what the website provides.  They also have lesson plans that include the ELA standards required for Science and Social Studies.  Check out their website for dozens of more plans.  Inspiration Software

Essay Planning and Writing

Narrative Writing Workshop

Research Papers

Anaylizing Primary Sources

Group Project Planning

Visualizing Vocabulary

ELA Common Core State Standards Self Study

Read Works 
I've mentioned this one before.  This is a FABULOUS free website that provides amazing lessons and resources - and it's free, free, free!

NYC DOE Units of Study
Search a growing assortment of Common Core-aligned tasks, units and student work by keyword, grade level, subject area and Common Core Learning Standard.

Read Tennessee
Free resources and plans for grades PK-3.

P21 Common Core Tool Kit

Google Lit Trips (K-5)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Free Common Core Resources

Happy Wednesday!

I was reading some material from ASCD today and came across some great free resources for the CCSS!

  • ASCD Launches EduCore™ Tool
    ASCD introduces the new, free EduCore™ digital tool for educators implementing the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and literacy. The EduCore tool is a repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help middle and high school educators transition to the Common Core State Standards. Through a simple registration process, educators can access additional EduCore features, such as the ability to save searches, organize tools, and annotate resources. In the coming months, ASCD will add more mathematics formative assessment lessons and sample literacy modules. A webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3, at 3:00 p.m. ET to provide an overview of the EduCore tool.

  • New Common Core Resources on the Inside Mathematics WebsiteClassroom video examples illustrating the math practice standards and videos of exemplary lessons integrating multiple math practices are now available on the Inside Mathematics website. Four new classroom videos of "Number Talks" show students engaged in mental math exercises and conversations, including one from a bilingual Spanish-English classroom. Visit the site to explore free materials and tasks that teachers can use immediately with students.

  • PARCC Releases Test Items and Task PrototypesThe Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) released its first set of item and task prototypes for both English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The prototype items may be helpful in building the actual assessment item.

Wishing you all a peace-filled evening!

God bless,