Balancing Three Vital Components in Professional Development
The Common Core will be a game-changer in the teaching of content and in the skills of verbal-oral and visual literacy, including writing. Teaching ELA teachers should incorporate thinking about science, history, and other disciplines as well as literature.
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PARCC Prototype Assessments - An Overview
At last, performance assessments that engage students, focus on specific meaningful learning goals, and provide effective support tools for implementation! Beyond the Bubble: A New Generation of History Assessments is indispensable for every secondary history classroom.
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The Common Core approaches the content areas (Social Studies and the Sciences) with a particular emphasis on literacy. This has several implications. First, note that literacy in the Common Core means listening and speaking as well as reading and writing. Audio files from the Library of Congress, for example, have an important role to play. Further, English Language Arts components of the standards incorporate numerical data, audio-visual, and digital information. Census and economic data, historic films, and survey data–all gain importance in the classroom.