Tag Archives | Common Core

A Call to Action! Submit a Unit for EQuIP Peer Review!

Calling all Teachers! What lesson/unit exemplifies teaching and learning excellence in your classroom? Could you capture your design in print to support others in their classrooms?   This spring, Achieve posted the EQuIP Call to Action offering $1500 to individuals and/or groups who could write an exemplar unit (evaluated using the EQuIP review process). As one of 84 EQuIP […]

Organization Patterns & Writing #CCSS

As I’ve worked with teachers over the last month–from Southern Illinois to Southern California–I’ve felt a growing anxiety over teaching students about the writing process. My mantra: “Just do it!” Sound familiar? Yes, but true. Anything teachers do to help students become writers is better than doing nothing! How to start? First, be honest. If […]

Please Review this Common Core Unit Planner Prototype

 NOW AVAILABLE FOR ALL GRADES: K-12 I’ve been working on a multi-day or unit planner based in a backwards design format that also aligns with the Common Core. Today, I finished with a prototype I think is worth sharing. As a template model, I have designed the planner for grade 2, but based on feedback […]

Moving from Graphic Organizer to Composition: GO 4Writing!!

In my talks with teachers over the last year, I have discovered that many use graphic organizers as a tool for teaching students how to organize thinking, but few use GOs as a tool for accessing text information in ways that scaffold writing about text. In a recent post, Common Core Writing Prompts too Hard or […]

Common Core Implementation: I Never Promised You A Rose Garden

I support the Common Core. I spend most of my waking hours either talking with educators about the standards or working directly with teachers as they craft standards language into teaching objectives and student centered learning opportunities. My weekends are no different from my working days…always the Common Core, or the PARCC assessment, or the new […]