Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NEA President: We Need a Course Correction on Common Core

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By Dennis Van Roekel During my 23 years as a high school math teacher, I learned some important lessons.  One of the most important was that effective teaching and learning required me at times to be the teacher and at other times, the student. I listened closely to my students because they were the ones [...]

The Common Core Doesn’t Cut Literature – It Complements It

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By Cindy Long When it comes to fiction versus nonfiction, the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts isn’t “an either or thing,” says Marfè Ferguson Delano, a nonfiction children’s book writer whose books often connect her young readers to novels on the subjects she writes about. “They’re both page turners.” Delano [...]

Common Ground on Common Core

September 26, 2013 by egraham  
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By John Rosales As implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is introduced in classrooms across the country, one question among educators is emerging: Where do paraeducators fit in? “Most times, paras aren’t included in the implementation of curriculum, which makes it difficult to know what students can do and what students are required to [...]

Why I’m a Common Core Advocate

September 19, 2013 by egraham  
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By Cheryl Mosier, earth science teacher While still in middle school, I decided to become a teacher. I first wanted to teach math, but soon found that science, specifically earth science, was my true passion. There have been many changes to my world as an earth science teacher in Colorado.  But I’ve learned over the [...]

Six Ways the Common Core is Good For Students

May 10, 2013 by twalker  
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By Cindy Long As the Common Core debate heats up, we’ve heard a lot from policy makers, politicians, and even TV talk show hosts about the challenges posed by the new standards and whether they’ll help or hurt education. With all the chatter, the voices of the professionals who are actually responsible for implementing the [...]

Common Core Assessments Must Be Used to Guide – Not Punish – Teachers, Says Eskelsen

March 27, 2013 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are scheduled to be in place by fall of 2014, and the enormous changes they’ll bring to every classroom will be felt just as efforts to overhaul teacher evaluations systems pick up steam. Is it any wonder that educators have what National Education Association Vice President [...]

States Struggling With Common Core Transition

January 29, 2012 by twalker  
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By Cindy Long Chuck Pack, an Oklahoma geometry teacher, is eager to fully implement the Common Core State Standards into the curriculum. The new standards focus on depth, rather than breadth, which Pack says will expand his students’ understanding of math concepts. “I usually teach 12 chapters in one year of Geometry,” he says. “In [...]

Gender Gap in STEM Fields Persist

August 9, 2011 by clong  
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By Cindy Long As the economic forecast grows increasingly dim, bolstering our science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce is more critical than ever. STEM jobs and innovations keep our country on the forefront of global competitiveness, but women are still vastly underrepresented in the fields, despite the fact that they make up nearly half [...]

Here Come the Common Core Standards

May 17, 2011 by clong  
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By Cindy Long In Chuck Pack’s Geometry class, students learn how many rubber bands will provide the maximum amount of bungee jumping thrill for a Barbie doll, determining how far they can drop her from the ceiling to the floor before she makes impact. “They’re collecting data, they’re using data to make predictions, they’re graphing [...]