Common Sense for Common Core

Suzanne McCabe  October 23rd, 2013  Comments • 8

If you need Common Core resources, check out our redesigned website. We've added several features, including:

New research on the ‘word gap’

Tyler Reed  October 22nd, 2013 

A front page story in today's New York Times examines research on the language and vocabulary gap seen between children who grow up in low income households, and those who...

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From STEM to STEAM and how it is working

Anne Sparkman  October 22nd, 2013 

Touching on how the inclusion of the arts expands the reach of teaching to more students, I found this an interesting read. Reading about students who have teachers who...

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Writing is learning

Tyler Reed  October 21st, 2013 

For me, writing is a messy process.

I agonize over opening sentences. I use the backspace button a lot. I delete whole paragraphs, rewrite, then realize I liked it...

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Quiz: Current events in education

Allison Wolfe  October 17th, 2013 

Last week, The Wall Street Journal posted a quiz to test your knowledge of current events in education. Here are a few bonus questions I came up with, and a link to the...

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Worth reading or worth writing?

Suzanne McCabe  October 16th, 2013 

The Common Core asks students to read and analyze "works of quality and substance." That some texts have been deemed more worthy than others has led critics to question...

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Math talk: Which number doesn't belong?

Tyler Reed  October 9th, 2013  Comments • 10

A key theme of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics is the need for students to use deeper mathematical thinking and reasoning skills (rather than just...

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Tips for keeping hope alive as a teacher

Allison Wolfe  October 9th, 2013 

Data released earlier this week from the Primary Sources teacher survey shows 88% of the twenty thousand public school teachers agree the rewards of their profession...

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Our natural abilities are just a starting point

Tyler Reed  October 7th, 2013 

Scholastic's David Dockterman was asked onto MSNBC's "Disrupt with Karen Finney" show on Sunday to talk about the importance of students having a "growth mindset" about...

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Teachers tell us they are enthusiastic about the Common Core but see the challenges

Anne Sparkman  October 4th, 2013 

Twenty thousand public school teachers were surveyed as part of the Primary Sources series of reports and today, their viewpoints on the Common Core are available. 

Google in the classroom

Allison Wolfe  October 3rd, 2013 

For most of us, Google plays a huge role in our lives. Whether we use it to search the Internet, get directions using Maps, or communicate with Gmail, it’s everywhere we...

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How is the government shutdown affecting education?

Tyler Reed  October 2nd, 2013 

Here is a handy "cheat sheet" from Ed Week explaining the impact the government shutdown will have on education.

Alyson Klein has a "pulse check" here as well. How...

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13 children's book illustrators create art to promote literacy

Tyler Reed  October 1st, 2013 

As part of Scholastic's "Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life." literacy campaign, we commissioned 13 children's book illustrators to capture the spirit of the campaign...

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Hitting the sweet spot for learning

Tyler Reed  September 30th, 2013 

In this American RadioWorks podcast, psychology professor Dan Willingham explains the learning "sweet spot."

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Why the ability to read complex texts matters

Suzanne McCabe  September 28th, 2013 

The reading of "complex texts" is given tremendous attention in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Why? At Scholastic's recent Teacher Appreciation...

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Families and educators: Partnering for student success

Byron Garrett  September 26th, 2013  Comments • 2

School is in full swing across the country. And we begin a new year with many challenges facing the education system that underscore the need for engaged families, and...

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Houston school district wins prestigious Broad Prize

Tyler Reed  September 26th, 2013 

The Houston Independent School District won the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education today in recogition of its efforts in raising achievement, graduation rates and...

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Student ‘grit’ researcher awarded ‘genius grant’

Tyler Reed  September 25th, 2013  Comments • 1

Angela Duckworth, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania widely known for research into the importance of student self control and "grit," was awarded a...

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Cultivating school-to-home communication

Pam Allyn  September 25th, 2013 

I love the energy of the back-to-school season. I love those early days of school when backpacks are still glistening and sneakers are bright white. I love to see the...

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Voyager 1: A moment to be in awe of science and math

Tyler Reed  September 24th, 2013 

Earlier this month, NASA announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft (launched back in 1977, before I was born) had left the solar system, becoming the first probe to ever...

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Toward a “Common Definition of English Learner”

Allison Wolfe  September 23rd, 2013 

Currently, states and local school districts determine their approach to identifying and classifying students as English learners (ELs). But with 45 states signing onto...

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Independent vs. accountable: What’s in a word?

Lois Bridges  September 20th, 2013  Comments • 8

Every school year spawns a new list of educational fads and jargon. This year I’ve heard a new term: accountable reading.  I’m accountable for delivering my...

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A writer shares tricks of the trade

Allison Wolfe  September 19th, 2013 
The Chronicle of Higher Education:“My Little Bag of Writing Tricks”

In this article, author and creative writing professor Rachel Toor shares a few writing tips.  Some of the highlights:

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It’s not complicated. It’s not easy either.

Suzanne McCabe  September 18th, 2013 

How many educators begin their speeches by singing James Brown's "I Feel Good"? If you answered one, you get an A. If you said Phyllis C. Hunter, give yourself an A+....

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Attendance Awareness Month: A focus on outcomes in Gainesville, Ga.

Windy Lopez  September 16th, 2013 

How can students benefit from effective classroom teaching if they are chronically late and often not in the classroom at all?  Research continues to demonstrate the...

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