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What is Common Core?

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This week on teacher tips, we're going to

What is Common Core?

This week on teacher tips, we're going to dive in to the Common Core State Standards. If you're an educational teacher inside of a public school, likelihoods are that you have been impacted by the Common Core State Standards in some way over the past couple of years. In this presentation, we're going to break down, what exactly the state standards are? How we access them and how we use them in our own classroom? Lets go ahead and dive right in by understanding where the Common Core comes from. The official authors of the common core, are the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, often abbreviated as the NGA center.

And the Council of Chief State School Officers also abbreviated as the CCSSO. Now, while these organizations are given the credit for writing the actual Common Course State Standards. The standards themselves were developed by teachers, principles, parents and a variety of other voices that helped shaped, what was required of our students to be college and career ready. These two entities have helped write a mission statement to help focus what the Common Core State Standards are. They say the Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn.

So teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world. Reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy. Let's go ahead and unpack this mission statement a little bit. The Common Core State Standards are designed to put everyone on the same page in terms of what our students really need to be successful. Please note the word core in Common Core.

This is also not instructing teachers what they need to do in the classroom, to make students fully prepared for college and career. It's about understanding what our students actually need to be successful. This is also bringing parents into the picture. So our parents and teachers can work together to create students that are holistically well rounded. That are ready to enter a college and career after a K-12 education. And be prepared to compete for jobs not only in our nation, but also in the global economy. The Common Core State Standards are then broken down by two main categories.

One is mathematics, the other is English language arts, and literacy in History/ Social Studies, Science, and technical subjects. Now, that's a mouthful. The English language art standard is often referred to as the ELA and literacy standard. As we go through this presentation, I'll refer to this section of the common core as the ELA and literacy standards. The question now becomes, where did these standards come from and how were they developed? The Common Core State Standards are based on research and evidence. They're aligned with college and work expectations. They're rigorous. They're internationally benchmarks.

We compared them to what students are able to do in other countries. And they're living work, meaning they will change with the times. The developers of the Common Core State Standards actually went out and got information from companies and associations. They involved teachers and best practices across the nation, to come up with a set of standards that really get at the heart of what our students need to be college and career ready. When it comes to fully understanding the Common Core State Standards, there's a few things to keep in mind. Number one. They are not required by the government. The states chose to independently come together and come up with a Common Core.

The states then can volunteer to adopt the Common Core. Currently forty-five states have chosen to adopt the Common Core. Once a state has adopted the Common Core, they then choose a year for implementation. The Common Core is also focused on core ideas, and not entire content. Typically, the Common Core needs to be paired with district or state learning objectives. The district or state learning objectives should encompass the ideas of the Common Core. But they should also expand beyond that, to tell the teachers exactly what the students need to learn. The Common Core is also not a scope in sequence.

So, the ideas in the Common Core may be taught out of order, if it fits into the ideas of the district or state. Furthermore, the Common Core is spiraled, meaning that it builds on prior grade-level standards. We'll take a look at some of the spiraled nature of the Common Core State Standards, as we start diving into them. The Common Course State Standards initiative can be accessed by going to www.corestandards.org. Here you have access to a lot of information, including the standard themselves. Before we dive into the standards, I'd like to quickly show you how you can access your state, to determine whether or not your state has adopted the Common Core State Standards.

And what year they've elected to implement the Common Core State Standards. To access this from the core standards home page, click on In The States. Here we have an interactive map that loads and you can simply choose a state from the map. I'm going to go and click on Maryland. And here I can see that Maryland adopted the Common Core on June 2, 2010. And their full implementation is the 2013/2014 school year. I can also choose the link then to go to the Maryland state page. Where I can now access their curriculum that implements the Common Core. Once you've taken the time to determine if your state is a voluntary state and the year of implementation.

The next step is to learn how to access the specific standards that you'll be teaching in the classroom.

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  1. 2m 37s
    1. Lesson planner at learner.org
      2m 37s
  2. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Is this course right for me?
      51s
  3. 12m 43s
    1. What is the flipped classroom?
      4m 16s
    2. Building a flipped lesson plan
      4m 22s
    3. Finding resources
      4m 5s
  4. 12m 33s
    1. Using Evernote to organize your classroom
      7m 49s
    2. Using Skitch to create dynamic presentations
      4m 44s
  5. 16m 29s
    1. What is Common Core?
      4m 52s
    2. ELA/Literacy
      6m 41s
    3. Mathematics
      4m 56s
  6. 10m 2s
    1. Using the iPad as a teacher
      6m 18s
    2. Using the iPad with your students
      3m 44s
  7. 20m 47s
    1. Getting started with Edmodo
      8m 5s
    2. Managing your classes
      8m 48s
    3. Communication
      3m 54s
  8. 6m 27s
    1. Prezi: Teaching best practices
      6m 27s
  9. 12m 50s
    1. Blogging fundamentals
      12m 50s
  10. 14m 40s
    1. Getting started with Schoology
      6m 46s
    2. Integrating Google Apps
      7m 54s
  11. 11m 59s
    1. Understanding online file syncing
      7m 47s
    2. Dropdox options and workflow
      4m 12s
  12. 17m 46s
    1. Managing student behaviors with ClassDojo
      11m 44s
    2. Control classroom management with an iPad
      6m 2s
  13. 22m 21s
    1. Creating a student-friendly worksheet
      11m 0s
    2. Modifying assignments quickly
      11m 21s
  14. 8m 51s
    1. Podcasting in the classroom
      8m 51s
  15. 11m 5s
    1. Hour of Code
      2m 18s
    2. Kodu
      2m 1s
    3. Writing your first program
      6m 46s
  16. 18m 8s
    1. Create a quick class website
      8m 20s
    2. Upload assignments
      9m 48s
  17. 6m 39s
    1. Creating screen capture video
      6m 39s
  18. 10m 14s
    1. Mind mapping for students
      10m 14s
  19. 6m 35s
    1. Creating online interactive discussions
      2m 53s
    2. Exploring educational uses of todaysmeet.com
      3m 42s
  20. 4m 19s
    1. Exploring the Adobe Education Exchange
      4m 19s
  21. 10m 55s
    1. Online learning with bContext
      1m 7s
    2. Creating digital videos
      9m 48s
  22. 5m 53s
    1. Free website platforms
      2m 3s
    2. Selecting a website platform
      3m 50s
  23. 10m 52s
    1. Students on the Internet
      3m 55s
    2. Teaching proper Internet use
      6m 57s
  24. 10m 42s
    1. Learning through interactions
      4m 6s
    2. Creating social learning experiences
      6m 36s
  25. 15m 7s
    1. Exploring social bookmarking with Diigo
      7m 7s
    2. Sharing a list of websites
      3m 57s
    3. Creating a resource collection for students
      4m 3s
  26. 10m 57s
    1. Lesson planning with Common Curriculum
      4m 47s
    2. Managing your instructional schedule
      6m 10s
  27. 10m 11s
    1. Piktochart in education
      3m 20s
    2. Creating infographics
      6m 51s
  28. 9m 24s
    1. Exploring the role of a learning management system
      3m 56s
    2. Three free learning management systems
      5m 28s
  29. 8m 57s
    1. Understanding crowdfunding
      3m 27s
    2. Explore education crowdfunding tools
      5m 30s
  30. 6m 48s
    1. Creating drag-and-drop lessons
      4m 50s
    2. Using pre-created resources
      1m 58s
  31. 7m 22s
    1. Exploring VoiceThread
      3m 46s
    2. Creating and sharing a VoiceThread
      3m 36s
  32. 6m 44s
    1. Lesson planning with BetterLesson.com
      4m 1s
    2. Accessing common core lesson plans
      2m 43s
  33. 6m 45s
    1. Exploring the free resources
      2m 59s
    2. Exploring the teacher portal
      3m 46s
  34. 7m 1s
    1. How does donorschoose.org work?
      2m 42s
    2. Creating compelling projects
      4m 19s
  35. 8m 31s
    1. Adding your classroom as a project
      3m 0s
    2. Building awareness through social media
      5m 31s
  36. 7m 41s
    1. Find high quality lessons for your classroom
      5m 27s
    2. Assess the quality of lesson materials
      2m 14s
  37. 11m 58s
    1. Selling lessons plans on TeachersPayTeachers.com
      1m 39s
    2. Uploading lesson plans for sale
      10m 19s
  38. 6m 40s
    1. Lesson planning on an iPad
      3m 53s
    2. Creating recorded lessons on an iPad
      2m 47s
  39. 4m 41s
    1. Maximizing class downtime with DuoLingo
      3m 13s
    2. Creating self-motivated learners using DuoLingo
      1m 28s
  40. 6m 13s
    1. Adding the Office Mix PowerPoint plugin
      2m 58s
    2. Creating videos from PowerPoint presentations
      3m 15s
  41. 7m 39s
    1. Creating stories with Adobe Voice
      7m 39s

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