COMMON CORE FAQ• Why change to this new set of standards? Simplified & more clear for students, parents & teachers Move towards National Standards & accountability Deeper thinking skills prepare students for college &workforce• How are the CCSS different from the Illinois StateStandards?• Fewer standards, but more in depth.• When will this change take place?• Fully implemented by 2014• More content-specific standards are coming
COMMON CORE FAQ• How will this be assessed? Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College &Careers (PARCC); 25 states will be using PARCC• Online means instant feedback• 4 times per year• What does this mean for me?• A lot of us already do this• Less content to cover• Preparing now for the transition• Greater focus on reading comprehension• Department collaboration for common vocabulary• Curriculum-related writing• Areas that aren’t tested will still be held accountable
EFFECTIVE VOCABULARY INSTRUCTION:1. Doesn’t rely on definitions.2. Requires students to represent their knowledge of wordslinguistically and non-linguistically.3. Involves multiple exposures to words.4. Involves teaching word parts. (prefixes, suffixes & roots).5. Requires different types of instruction.6. Has students discussing the terms they are learning.7. Has students playing with words.8. Focuses on terms that have a high probability ofenhancing academic success.
AS A DEPARTMENT, WHAT AREYOU CURRENTLY DOING THATWORKS WELL?ORWHAT COULD YOU DODIFFERENTLY TO IMPROVEVOCABULARY INSTRUCTION?
WRITING• Combination of long-term & short-term writingassignments• Writing on demand; timed• Use interesting writing topics• Student choice• Authentic purposes• Opinion/persuasive writing• TEXTUAL SUPPORT/EVIDENCE• Writing makes good homework
5 MINUTES. RECORD YOUR OBSERVATIONS
AS A DEPARTMENT, WHAT AREYOU CURRENTLY DOING THATWORKS WELL?ORWHAT COULD YOU DODIFFERENTLY TO IMPROVEWRITING INSTRUCTION?
READING• Literacy Strategies• Textbook Feature Analysis (beginning of the year)• Organization & Signal Words (transitions)• Article of the Week for your content area• 20 Questions Strategies• “What Were You Thinking” (written evidence ofthinking/interactions with the text)• Post-It Notes• Somebody-Wanted-But-So
SAMPLE ARTICLE OF THE WEEK:“Texas Man Gets First Full FaceTransplant in US”
HELPFUL WEBSITES• www.corestandards.org• www.commoncore.org (CCSS-aligned lesson plans)• www.jc-schools.net/tutorials/vocab/strategies.html(vocab games for LA, math, science & Social Studies)• www.parcconline.org (assessment)• www.fcrr.org (Florida Center for Reading Research)• www.kellygallagher.org (Article of the Week)• www.wesclinpd.wikispaces.com