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andrew bendelow

Education Week: Why Core Standards Must Embrace Media Literacy - 5 views

    Problems with CC media literacy standards: " focus marginalizes uses of a range of other media/digital literacies associated with social-networking sites, blogs, wikis, digital images/videos, smartphone/tablet apps, video games, podcasts, etc., for constructing media content, building social networks, engaging audiences, and critiquing status quo problems.And, other than a mention of the need to "evaluate information from multiple oral, visual, or multimodal sources," there is no specific reference in the common standards to critical analysis and production of film, television, advertising, radio, news, music, popular culture, video games, media remixes, and so on. Nor is there explicit attention on fostering critical analysis of media messages and representations."

Standards: English Language Arts Learning Standards and Core Curriculum:CI&IT:NYSED - 0 views

    Einstein said "an idea should be as simple as possible but not simpler." These NY ELA standards are the result of long deep thought by some of the best minds in the field, those who understand the complexity of a real classroom.
Karen LaBonte

Standards & Software - Tool-based Software and Florida Sunshine State Standards. - 0 views

    Software classified by category with info on how they can be used to meet FL state standards. Some lesson plans.
The0d0re Shatagin

Education Week: The Core Standards for Writing: Another Failure of Imagination? - 9 views

    Education Week Commentary on Common Core Standards on Writing

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills - Home - 0 views

    Important site for ELA teachers as we work to redefine and clarify our discipline in light of changing demands from the world of work. NCTE is partnering with P21 to create an ELA framework. Many states have begun to adopt and adapt the P21 standards to t
Todd Finley

Fighting the Tests - 7 views

    The Phi Delta Kappan by Alfie Kohn is old (2001). However, the author's argument against standardized testing continues to inspire.
Dana Huff

The Shakespeare Standard >> William Shakespeare News From Pages to Stages - 1 views

    The Shakespeare Standard is a news, feature, and blog hub for Shakespeare-related news on the web. They publish news items from around the world on a regular basis while featuring reports, blogs, vlogs, and podcasts from our editorial staff and community contributors.
The0d0re Shatagin

Outlines for Conceptual Units - 12 views

    Links to a number of Conceptual Units, especially Literature and media - a number are in IRA's Read Write Think site which also has links to state standards. A work in progress.
ten grrl

Jane Austen's The History of England: Introduction - 0 views

    The History of England is an early work of Jane Austen. She completed the composition in November 1791 when she was just 15 years old. Jane Austen's History is a lively parody which makes fun of the standard schoolroom books of the time. Declaring herself to be a 'partial, prejudiced and ignorant Historian' she cites works of fiction, such as Shakespeare's plays, as historial authority and includes references to her own family and friends. Jane's older sister Cassandra illustrated the text with imaginative portraits of the English monarchs
Donalyn Miller

U.S. Plans Major Changes in How Students Are Tested - - 9 views

    This article describes a national initiative to overhaul the design of our current standardized testing system.
Sheri Edwards

CMS Test results invite scrutiny - - 0 views

  • Staff at both schools will collect 10- to 15-percent pay hikes based on this year's scores, money that goes away next year. The raises, paid for by county commissioners eager to see kids succeed at low-performing schools, illustrate the rewards and penalties that can hang on test scores.
  • In 2006, a principal split Garinger into five academies with specialized themes. The New Technology school emerged strong, but the rest of the campus struggled.
  • She was convinced the dismal pass rate could change but believed many needed stronger skills to pass exams. “We really had to put the brakes on things,” she said. That meant letting strong students go straight into the EOC classes. But weaker ones took a semester or more of preparatory classes designed to boost their reading, math or science skills.
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  • The Observer analysis shows an unusually large number of Garinger International students sidestepped EOC courses in 2008-09. (See box.)
  • This year the school added juniors, which meant enrollment grew by almost 50 percent. Yet the school gave 46 fewer tests.
  • In English I, which all ninth-graders must take, Garinger International's pass rate went from 67 to 81 percent.
  • the only thing we have to vary is the time it takes to attain the standards. We do not all learn at the same rate.
  • It sounds like the principal is trying to help all her kids be successful. Why must that be cause for suspicion??
    What do you think?
Dennis OConnor

Information Fluency Common Core Alignment - 9 views

    One school districts work aligning information fluency with the new Common Core Learning Standards.   Lots of work done here.  Are you facing a similar project?  
Patrick Higgins

The Crocodile in the Common Core Standards | - 17 views

  • As though literacy is to prepare children only for a working environment. And as though personal opinion isn’t vital in a working environment.
    • Patrick Higgins
      This all reminds me of the dust-up caused by Grant Wiggins in his ASCDEdge post last year regarding fiction's misguided place in our classrooms.  
Wanda Terral

Awesome Stories - 16 views

    AwesomeStories is a gathering place of primary-source information. Its purpose - since the site was first launched in 1999 - is to help educators and individuals find original sources, located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created web sites. Sources held in archives, which document so much important first-hand information, are often not searchable by popular search engines. One needs to search within those institutional sites directly, using specific search phrases not readily discernible to non-scholars. The experience can be frustrating, resulting in researchers leaving key sites without finding needed information. AwesomeStories is about primary sources. The stories exist as a way to place original materials in context and to hold those links together in an interesting, cohesive way (thereby encouraging people to look at them). It is a totally different kind of web site in that its purpose is to place primary sources at the forefront - not the opinions of a writer. Its objective is to take the site's users to places where those primary sources are located. The author of each story is listed on the preface page of the story. A link to the author provides more detailed information. This educational teaching/learning tool is also designed to support state and national standards. Each story on the site links to online primary-source materials which are positioned in context to enhance reading comprehension, understanding and enjoyment.
Dana Huff

Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Printable Handbooks - 15 views

    Chicago Shakespeare Theater has printable handbooks for many of Shakespeare's plays. "Each of our entirely original teacher handbooks includes active, engaging teaching activities, 400 years of critical thinking, synopses, and much more. Teaching activities-all aligned with the Common Core State Standards-are designed to draw upon some of the same practices and techniques that actors use in the rehearsal process to break open Shakespeare's challenging language."
Mark Smith

t r u t h o u t | "Value-Added" Assessment: Tool for Improvement or Educational "Nuclear Option"? - 4 views

  • The growing enthusiasm over value-added assessment, however, belies what is actually a damaging policy for public education. Value-added assessment promises, rather, to dismantle teachers' unions, deintellectualize teachers' jobs, to refashion schools according to corporate-profit-making initiatives and to burn out experienced teachers at ever faster rates. What its proponents fail to realize is that value added contributes to the destruction of public education by 1) participating in a broader corporate reform scheme of privatization and 2) objectifying knowledge, or turning knowledge into "things," that is, units that can be measured, compared and transmitted at the expense of genuine learning.
    • Mark Smith
  • There are two basically different ideas of educational value at play in this debate. For proponents of value-added assessment, standardized tests contain certain, verifiable and numerically quantifiable knowledge. The tests are mistakenly thought to be objective.
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