Creating a Classroom Culture That Supports the Common Core: by Bryan Harris

By Bryan Harris

Is your lecture room tradition conducive to the expectancies of the typical middle? instructing content material isn't adequate; scholars desire a lecture room constitution and surroundings that would aid them research key educational talents. This sensible publication will aid you rework your lecture room tradition, bring up the extent of rigor, motivate higher-level wondering and important pondering, and advertise educational discussions. additionally, you will the way to modify your school room administration innovations in order that scholars discover ways to control themselves whereas finishing those higher-level projects.

Special good points in every one Chapter:

Key Idea―a precis of the fundamental concept that might be addressed within the bankruptcy

Practical strategies―a number of easy-to-implement principles for you to attempt immediately

Connections to the typical center nation Standards―how the abilities taught during this ebook may also help scholars meet the criteria

Reflection Questions―thoughtful questions that might aid academics practice their studying to their very own study rooms. those questions should be spoke back independently or utilized in publication examine teams.

Extend Your Knowledge―creative rules for extending your wisdom past the guidelines during this publication

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For an excellent source of specific brain-based lessons to use with students, check out Brain-Powered Strategies to Engage All Learners by LaVonna Roth. 28 3 Rigor in the Common Core Classroom Key Idea If students are to exhibit the skills of the Common Core, they need to develop and apply those skills in a way that is rigorous. Rigor is less about what we teach or even how we present information. Rigor is about what students do; it is about what they experience and how they apply their knowledge and understanding.

While schools often diminish or outright discourage opposing viewpoints or disparate thinking, those are the very things that may be of the most value as students enter the workforce. 5. Effective Oral and Written Communication—The ability to effectively communicate one’s ideas, thoughts, and opinions is the foundation of a good education and is central to the Common Core. As evidenced by the proliferation of remedial reading and writing courses for college freshmen, we have not done an adequate job at the K-12 level of preparing our students for the demands of post high school life when it comes to communicating.

Standards have often been criticized as vague, irrelevant to the needs of students, and politically motivated. While some of these arguments are valid, the good news is that the Common Core Standards have addressed many of those shortcomings. Primarily, the Common Core aims to get students to think critically and deeply about important concepts and ideas that will 31 Rigor in the Common Core Classroom build the skills necessary to be college and career ready. The Common Core requires that students demonstrate mastery of fewer topics but in more indepth ways stressing evidence, communication, and application.

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