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Common Core Standards

Math: Teaching Each Foundational Component

Math: Teaching Each Foundational Component

by Diana Remick, Monthly Columnist Whether you are using Common Core or state standards, math is an overwhelming content area with so many basic skills that need to be acquired before “moving on”. Teachers are responsible for teaching the grade level standards, but must go back to foundational skills that students may lack or have
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The First Semester Grades Are In. Teachers Give Common Core State Standards a “C”.

The First Semester Grades Are In. Teachers Give Common Core State Standards a “C”.

A survey of 809 teachers conducted in December 2013 by Really Good Stuff gives the Common Core State Standards a first semester grade of “C.” Multiple concerns and varying degrees of knowledge about the standards lead to this lackluster assessment. A recent national survey of 809 elementary school teachers in the United States, conducted by
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Holidays and the CCSS: TeachChat Archive – December 11, 2013

Holidays and the CCSS:  TeachChat Archive – December 11, 2013

Not sure how to work the holidays into your CCSS lesson plans? Check out the great ideas and tips from the Really Good Teachers at #TeachChat on December 11, 2013. Still have questions or need help/resources? Chat with us on Twitter at @ReallyGoodStuff! We’re happy to help!


Handprint Turkey Crafts and Bulletin Board Ideas for the Classroom

Handprint Turkey Crafts and Bulletin Board Ideas for the Classroom

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it is the perfect time to introduce some craft fun into your lessons.  From color words to rhyming words to character education, these four handprint turkey activities are easy to integrate with the Common Core State Standards or your state’s standards.  Make this Thanksgiving, a memorable one for
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#TeachChat Archive: Art, Music, and Movement in the Common Core Classroom – October 16, 2013

#TeachChat Archive:  Art, Music, and Movement in the Common Core Classroom – October 16, 2013

Art, music, and movement are alive and well in classrooms across the country.  The teachers at #TeachChat on Wednesday, October 16th shared their ideas for incorporating activities into lessons and daily routines.  Check out their hints, tips, and resources in the transcript below.  Join us for the next #TeachChat on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at
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4 Ways to Engage Reluctant Readers with the Common Core State Standards

4 Ways to Engage Reluctant Readers with the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) place a significant emphasis on reading, reading comprehension, and textual support.  Engaging reluctant readers with the standards in mind can be a daunting task.  At the International Reading Association (IRA) Conference in San Antonio on April 21, 2013, Jane Feber, presented a session specifically about this challenge.  Her answer? 
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Parent Resources Explaining the Common Core Standards

Parent Resources Explaining the Common Core Standards

Parent Resources Explaining the Common Core Standards - One Teacher’s New Year’s Resolution! by Lori Wolfe, Monthly Columnist Happy New Year everyone! Like many teachers, I make personnel and professional resolutions each year. I try to keep them to a minimum and make them realistic. This year my professional resolution is to create and continue a
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Semantic Gradients and the Common Core Standards

Semantic Gradients and the Common Core Standards

by Lori Wolfe, Monthly Columnist As elementary teachers we are always looking for and finding strategies to use with our students that broaden and deepen their understanding when reading. We know that when students, especially second language learners, can distinguish between the shades of meanings of related words, then they can be more precise and
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Winter Holiday Craftivities and the Common Core Standards

Winter Holiday Craftivities and the Common Core Standards

Think About:  How can I help my students be creative while also meeting the goals of the Common Core State Standards? Whether you choose to celebrate the holidays during the month of December or not, it is hard to ignore the excitement and sense of anticipation that lingers in the air.  Your students feel it
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Reading for Fun: Where the Common Core Standards Fail Our Children

Reading for Fun:  Where the Common Core Standards Fail Our Children

While researching the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for an upcoming article, I ran across a website that answered some key questions about the standards and reading lists for teachers.  There were some great tips about how to evaluate pieces of literature and how to integrate them into the required standards.  However, at the end
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