Category: Essential Core Instruction

Your Curriculum May Not Be Aligned, and You Might not Know It

By Carla Moore, coauthor of Essentials for Standards-Driven Classrooms. This article was originally published in SEEN Magazine. If you work in the district curriculum office, this statement may be what keeps you up at night: Districts and schools have worked diligently to implement the College and Career Standards. From my own journey,

Top 10: Most Popular Articles of 2018

The New Year is around the corner and while we’re all getting ready to set our New Year’s goals and start 2019 feeling fresh and motivated, we want to pause to highlight the 10 most popular and shared blog posts of the year. These posts come from a variety of

Lesson Planning: 6 Steps for Aligning Student Tasks With Learning Targets

By Amy Dujon, author of The Essential Flipbook for Achieving Rigor The goal of a standards-based classroom is to provide each student with an opportunity to produce evidence of the grade-level standards. This is no small feat for the teacher. First, teachers must understand the level of thinking and evidence required by

“We HOPE to See a Productive Struggle” Sara Croll on Omaha Public Radio

“We hope to see a productive struggle. We want kids to really think it out and try. When the teacher goes in and shows them and saves them, so to speak, the learning stops, because they got the answer and they’re done. So we really encourage the productive struggle —

Reflecting on a Year of Growth at Des Moines Public Schools

By Kara Bentley Staff members at an Iowa elementary school reflect on the take-aways, challenges, and rewards of becoming a School for Rigor. Read the first part of this series here. In August 2017, I had the privilege of working with the instructional staff of Monroe Elementary School in Des Moines

Student Reflections on Finding Joy in the Journey at Greensboro Elementary School

By Kara Bentley Some images courtesy of Greensboro Elementary School Assistant Principal Todd Nichols. Follow him on Twitter here. Update: In December, 2018, Caroline County Schools and LSI hosted a summit to allow other school and district leaders to observe the rigorous classroom environments and speak with administrators, teachers and students.

Important Reminder: “Wrong” Answers Are the Ones That Deepen Learning

By Shannon Pretorius You ask your class a question, expecting a particular answer. You planned for that answer, but the students’ responses are completely different from what you anticipated. What do you do? Too many times, I’ve seen teachers barely acknowledge the unexpected answers and say something like, “No, that’s

Helping Parents Understand Why Math Instruction Has Changed

By Kimberly Wood “What is it with this new math?” How many of you have heard this question from parents as they try to help their kids with homework? With the switch to rigorous college and career readiness standards, many parents feel that the math being taught in the classrooms

High fives at Lodge Community School in Evansville, Indiana

Verifying Learning: Who Learned the Lesson in These Scenarios?

By Shannon Pretorius You have the most amazing math lesson planned for today. It is interactive, engaging, requires student collaboration, and you didn’t even have to spend your own money to fund it. Students will be analyzing classroom objects based on their attributes and classifying them into specific geometric categories.

Building Rigor and Engagement Into Academic Vocabulary

Building Rigor and Engagement Into Academic Vocabulary

Six tips to get students excited about acquiring new words. By Kristin DeJong Remember the days when a teacher would hand us a spelling book and tell us to complete exercises in it? We would memorize each word and then take a dictation quiz at the end of the unit.