Here are some updated resources, critiques, videos and comments about the Common Core for the week.
- From Turnitin.com comes six sets of Common Core rubrics for argumentative, informative and narrative essays from 9-10 and 11-12. You must give them an email, but then it is a free download.
- Each Friday, the New York Times posts three Common Core-aligned reading and writing tasks inspired by New York Times content, and classroom-designed and tested by the teachers Sarah Gross and Jonathan Olsen, along with their ninth-grade humanities students.
- National Conference on Common Core Standards and Diverse Learners Announced. Educators will get a first taste of the new Common Core assessments at the upcoming National Conference being held at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel in Albuquerque, NM on January 31st and February 1st of next year. Educators can learn more about the conference and register on the Common Core Website at: http://commoncoreinstitute.org/abq.aspx A discounted registration is available for a limited time.
- Need a three minute explanation of the Common Core Standards? Here’s a fun video.
- The School Library Journal has many Common Core resources.
- In a critique of the Common Core standards, Deborah Meier says, “Its a nice thought–that it [Common Core] is offering a ‘common language’. I wish it were. But common core as presently understood is a 13 year mandatory curriculum (developed largely by experts in testing, not the subject matter being tested) of what is to be taught–and in what sequence. It ignores the power of the interests and ideas that come from students and teachers as the basis for forming curriculum’–or of picking up from the world around us our ‘curriculum’.”
- Looking for Common Core Science standards? They are under development.