Dr. Douglas Fisher, Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University, presented in the webinar, “Rigorous Reading: Building Strength and Stamina,” sponsored by Achieve3000. The webinar explored building strength and stamina in students to improve reading at increased difficulty and complexity. Dr. Fisher began by defining the difference between difficulty and complexity, explaining that difficulty is the amount of effort a student must put into a given task, whereas complexity is the kind of thinking students must do for that task. It is fundamental that teachers maintain the balance between difficulty and complexity to foster an effective literacy program. They can do this by assigning their students many tasks that provide varied levels of each.
The application of reading, writing and original thinking is research, and the research simulation is at the heart of the Common Core Performance Task and accountable Problem Based / Inquiry Based Learning.
Digital learning tools are becoming ever more common in K-6 classrooms. With this shift, teachers are looking for high-quality content for students that allows them to differentiate instruction and assess student comprehension.
According to iNACOL, personalized learning is tailoring learning for each student’s strengths, needs, and interests to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible. Here’s your opportunity to think outside the box by emphasizing the need for learners to be involved in designing their own learning process.
With the release of the “Common Core” standards, the phrase “Close Reading” became a buzz overnight. In many classrooms, the idea of “Close Reading” resulted in kids failing at tortuous lesson, and teachers drowning in pre-planning with very little student results. In this session, presenter Kevin Baird discussed highest impact strategies for implementing College & Career Ready standards by looking again at the concept of Precision and Precision Reading.
The Common Core State Standards place a special emphasis on reading informational text. Teachers often say how excited students are to learn about the world around them. Whether it’s the latest news from Mars or information about a typhoon that struck last week, kids want to know all about it. How can we harness that enthusiasm for nonfiction to help students become great readers?
College & Career Readiness is defined at a new level – student performance at a level of synthesis and extended thinking. Kevin Baird shared concrete examples of student work and grading rubrics to support educators in evaluating learning synthesis.
Ask any parent about their children’s media use, and most will tell you they’re interested in media that help their kids learn. But what are parents’ experiences with their children’s use of educational media?
One of the most interesting forms of speaking and writing is argumentation. At the heart of a convincing argument is presenting high quality, relevant support for a claim. Students who need help in learning to speak and write an argument can gain insights by analyzing an argument written by someone else to determine why it is, or is not, effective.
In this month’s Real World Literacy and the Core webinar on edWeb.net presenters Suzanne Zimbler and Jaime Joyce discussed the three standards that fall under analyzing craft and structure, as well as how to read like a writer.