[THVInstitute13] Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core


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Presentation given by Eric Sweet, Leslie Yolen and Liz Hood at Teaching the Hudson Valley's 2013 Summer Institute, "Placed-Based Learning & Common Core"

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[THVInstitute13] Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core

  1. 1. EngageNY.org Teaching the Hudson Valley: Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core August 1st, 2013
  2. 2. For every 100 ninth graders… 65 graduate from high school 37 enter college 24 are still enrolled in sophomore year 12 graduate with a degree in six years Why does this matter? Because it’s what our students need Conley, David. 2012, “The Complexities of College and Career Readiness.” https://epiconline.org/files/pdf/07102012_Keene_NH.pdf
  3. 3. … and only 6 get a good job after graduation EngageNY.org 3 Conley, David. 2012, “The Complexities of College and Career Readiness.” https://epiconline.org/files/pdf/07102012_Keene_NH.pdf
  4. 4. EngageNY.org 4 Our Common Purpose and Resolve * 2007 cohort, four-year outcomes through June Source: NYSED Office of Information and Reporting Services New York State Graduation Rates* 74% 85% 58% 58% 35% 48% 12% 15% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% All White Black Hispanic Student Subgroup GraduationRate Graduation Rate ELA/Math Aspirational Performance Measure (APM)
  5. 5. 5 Regents Reform Agenda A Strategic Response to the Program Challenges College and  Career Ready  Students Highly Effective School Leaders Highly Effective  Teachers Implementing Common Core standards and developing curriculum and assessments aligned to these standards to prepare students for success in college and the workplace Building instructional data systems that measure student success and inform teachers and principals how they can improve their practice in real time Recruiting, developing, retaining, and rewarding effective teachers and principals Turning around the lowest-achieving schools
  6. 6. These Standards are not intended to be new names for old ways of doing business. They are a call to take the next step. … It is time to recognize that standards are not just promises to our children, but promises we intend to keep. CCSSM, p. 5 EngageNY.org
  7. 7. 7 6 Shifts in ELA/Literacy Balancing Informational and Literary Text Building Knowledge in the Disciplines Staircase of Complexity Text-based Answers Writing from Sources Academic Vocabulary 7 Instructional Shifts Demanded by the Core EngageNY.org
  8. 8. ELA/Literacy Shift 1: Balancing Informational and Literary Text What the Student Does… What the Teacher Does… Build content knowledge Learn about the world through reading Apply strategies Balance informational & literary text Scaffold for informational texts Teach “through” and “with” informational texts 8EngageNY.org Uncommon Approaches to Shift 1
  9. 9. ELA/Literacy Shift 2: Knowledge in the Disciplines What the Student Does… What the Teacher Does… Build content knowledge through text Handle primary source documents Find evidence Shift identity: “I teach reading.” Stop referring and summarizing and start reading Slow down the history and science classroom 9EngageNY.org Uncommon Approaches to Shift 2
  10. 10. ELA/Literacy Shift 3: Staircase of Complexity What the Student Does… What the Teacher Does… Re-read Read material at own level to enjoy Tolerate frustration More complex texts at every grade level Give students less to read, let them re- read More time on more complex texts Provide scaffolding & strategies Engage with texts w/ other adults 10EngageNY.org Uncommon Approaches to Shift 3
  11. 11. ELA/Literacy Shift 4: Text Based Answers What the Student Does… What the Teacher Does… Find evidence to support their argument Form own judgments and become scholars Conducting reading as a close reading of the text Engage with the author and his/her choices Facilitate evidence based conversations about text Plan and conduct rich conversations Keep students in the text Identify questions that are text-dependent, worth asking/exploring, deliver richly Spend much more time preparing for instruction by reading deeply. 11EngageNY.org Uncommon Approaches to Shift 4
  12. 12. ELA/Literacy Shift 5: Writing from Sources What the Student Does… What the Teacher Does… Generate informational texts Make arguments using evidence Organize for persuasion Compare multiple sources Spending much less time on personal narratives Present opportunities to write from multiple sources Give opportunities to analyze, synthesize ideas Develop students’ voice so that they can argue a point with evidence Give permission to reach and articulate their own conclusions about what they read 12EngageNY.org Uncommon Approaches to Shift 5
  13. 13. ELA/Literacy Shift 6: Academic Vocabulary What the Student Does… What the Teacher Does… Use high octane words across content areas Build “language of power” database Develop students’ ability to use and access words Sequence texts so that students encounter high-octane words within a particular domain over and over in increasingly complex contexts Be strategic about the new vocab words Work with words students will use frequently Teach fewer words more deeply 13EngageNY.org Uncommon Approaches to Shift 6
  14. 14. Mathematics Shift 1: Focus What the Student Does… What the Teacher Does… Spend more time on fewer concepts Excise content from the curriculum Focus instructional time on priority concepts Give students the gift of time 14EngageNY.org Uncommon Approaches to Shift 1
  15. 15. Mathematics Shift 2: Coherence What the Student Does… What the Teacher Does… Build on knowledge from year to year, in a coherent learning progression Connect the threads of math focus areas across grade levels Connect to the way content was taught the year before and the years after Focus on priority progressions 15EngageNY.org Uncommon Approaches to Shift 2
  16. 16. Mathematics Shift 3: Rigor - Fluency What the Student Does… What the Teacher Does… Spend time practicing, with intensity, skills (in high volume) Push students to know basic skills at a greater level of fluency Focus on the listed fluencies by grade level Uses high quality problem sets, in high volume 16 16 EngageNY.org Uncommon Approaches to Shift 3
  17. 17. Mathematics Shift 4: Rigor - Deep Understanding What the Student Does… What the Teacher Does… Show mastery of material at a deep level Articulate mathematical reasoning Demonstrate deep conceptual understanding of priority concepts Create opportunities for students to understand the “answer” from a variety of access points Ensure that EVERY student GETS IT before moving on Get smarter in concepts being taught 17 EngageNY org Uncommon Approaches to Shift 4
  18. 18. Mathematics Shift 5: Rigor- Application What the Student Does… What the Teacher Does… Apply math in other content areas and situations, as relevant Choose the right math concept to solve a problem when not necessarily prompted to do so Apply math including areas where its not directly required (i.e. in science) Provide students with real world experiences and opportunities to apply what they have learned 18EngageNY.org Uncommon Approaches to Shift 5
  19. 19. Mathematics Shift 6: Rigor - Dual Intensity What the Student Does… What the Teacher Does… Practice math skills with an intensity that results in fluency Practice math concepts with an intensity that forces application in novel situations Find the dual intensity between understanding and practice within different periods or different units Be ambitious in demands for fluency and practice, as well as the range of application 19 EngageNY org Uncommon Approaches to Shift 6
  20. 20. Common Core State Standards for ELA & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects -10 Reading Standards - 10 Writing Standards
  21. 21. Common Core State Standards for Literacy in Technical Subjects Purpose for CC Literacy Standards in Technical Subjects Every teacher is responsible to support and instruct students in reading informational text within each of their own content areas.
  22. 22. Common Core State Standards for Literacy in Technical Subjects Common Core Literacy Standards are used in coordination with each content area’s NYS Learning Standards
  23. 23. Steps for Implementing Common Core Literacy Standards 10 Reading & 10 Writing Standards for Technical Subjects •Identify existing connections •Modify lessons to incorporate •literacy standards
  24. 24. The National Arts Standards Revision http://nccas.wikispaces.com/ The revised National Arts Standards will: • extend PK -12 • be grade-by-grade from PK-8 in each arts discipline and include: Media Arts as a discreet fifth arts discipline. Cornerstone Assessment models: authentic performance assessments organized to include all aspects of the learning and instructional process, including student work samples. The first draft Prek-8 was released in spring for public review and comment with PreK - 12 draft standards due to be released in Jan. Final revised arts standards will be issued in March, 2014.
  25. 25. 25 6 Shifts in ELA/Literacy Balancing Informational and Literary Text Building Knowledge in the Disciplines Staircase of Complexity Text-based Answers Writing from Sources Academic Vocabulary 25 Instructional Shifts Demanded by the Core EngageNY.org
  26. 26. 26 26 EngageNY.org Six Shifts in ELA/Literacy & Math: What Do They Means in the Visual Art Classroom? The Shifts in the visual arts are understood with the following premise: Visual Art is a form of communication. The primary definition of “Text” in visual art is imagery in its most inclusive form (the art itself). Just as in other forms of communication, “Text” in art is layered, metaphoric, symbolic, and open to interpretation. Therefore, when referring to imagery as “Text” in Visual Art, we will use the term, Art (text). When referring to “Text” as the written word, we will use the term, “Text.”
  27. 27. 27EngageNY.org
  28. 28. Shift 4 Text- Based Answers Students have rich and rigorous conversations, which are dependent on a common text. Teachers insist that classroom experiences stay deeply connected to the text on the page and that students develop habits for making evidentiary arguments both in conversation, as well as in writing to assess comprehension of a text. Students will analyze Art (text), including their own art, using a variety of perspectives: Historic, Contemporary, Pluralism, etc. Teachers will guide students to write, discuss, and make art in response to primary and secondary sources: Art (text) and text. Shift 5 Writing from Sources Writing needs to emphasize use of evidence to inform or make an argument rather than the personal narrative and other forms of decontextualized prompts. While the narrative still has an important role, students develop skills through written arguments that respond to the ideas, events, facts, and arguments presented in the texts they read. Students will discover connections to ideas about the world by creating Art (text), writing, and discussing primary and secondary sources. Shift 6 Academic Vocabular y Students constantly build the vocabulary they need to access grade level complex texts. By focusing strategically on comprehension of pivotal and commonly found words (such as “discourse,” “generation,” “theory,” and “principled”) and less on esoteric literary terms (such as “onomatopoeia” or “homonym”), teachers constantly build students’ ability to access more complex texts across the content areas. Students will learn and employ the language and vocabulary of the Visual Art domain in response to Art (text) and text. Language in the Visual Arts is not fixed—it changes along with the developments in Visual Art. Six Shifts in ELA/Literacy What it Means in Visual Art
  29. 29. Shift 4 Deep Understandi ng Teachers teach more than “how to get the answer” and instead support students’ ability to access concepts from a number of perspectives so that students are able to see math as more than a set of mnemonics or discrete procedures. Students demonstrate deep conceptual understanding of core math concepts by applying them to new situations. As well as writing and speaking about their understanding. Teachers will guide students’ inquiry into how mathematical thinking is used to convey ideas about the world when aesthetics are combined with function (e.g. illusion of depth, gradation of value, weight, and structure). Students will demonstrate understanding by synthesizing information to create Art (text). Students will engage in mathematical thinking to analyze and discuss visual perception in Art (text), (e.g. Cubism, Pointillism, peripheral vision, optical, and medial color systems). Shift 5 Applications Students are expected to use math and choose the appropriate concept for application even when they are not prompted to do so. Teachers provide opportunities at all grade levels for students to apply math concepts in “real world” situations. Teachers in content areas outside of math, particularly science, ensure that students are using math – at all grade levels – to make meaning of and access content. Students will employ mathematical thinking and skills in creating Art (text) when utilizing media and materials in the creation of meaningful and personally significant Art (text), (e.g. digital imaging, time-based media, and traditional media). Shift 6 Dual Intensity Students are practicing and understanding. There is more than a balance between these two things in the classroom – both are occurring with intensity. Teachers create opportunities for students to participate in “drills” and make use of those skills through extended application of math concepts. The amount of time and energy spent practicing and understanding learning environments is driven by the specific mathematical concept and therefore, varies throughout the given school year. Students will practice mathematical skills and thinking on practical and conceptual levels within the Visual Art Curriculum—a natural extension and application of concepts introduced in the math classroom. Teachers will provide opportunities for exercises in technique, analysis of the creative process, as well as the evaluation of the products (synthesis) of the creative process, (portfolio). Six Shifts in Math What It Means in Visual Art
  30. 30. NYS Curriculum • Exemplary, Comprehensive, Optional, Free • High Quality, Rigorous, Deeply Aligned to CCSS • Addresses Needs of Students Performing Above & Below Grade Level, Students with Disabilities, English Language Learners • Includes Performance Tasks and other assessments which measure student growth – daily, weekly, at the end of each unit & module • Ensures Diversity of Voices & Perspectives in Text Selection • Contains notes for teachers, templates, handouts, homework, problem sets, overviews, etc • Creative Commons License Approach 31EngageNY.org
  31. 31. P-12 Mathematics 32 NYSED is partnering with Common Core, Inc to develop high quality, rigorous, and aligned materials in P-12 mathematics that progress across the school year and across the grades. EngageNY.org
  32. 32. 33 Curriculum Modules: P-2 ELA NYSED is partnering with Core Knowledge Phased implementation: Year 1: • Listening and Learning modules • Ongoing professional development with educators Year 2: • Student skills development modules • Ongoing professional development with educators
  33. 33. 34 Curriculum Modules ELA 34 We are partnering NYSED is partnering with Expeditionary Learning to develop comprehensive materials in Grades 3-5 that progress across the school year and across the grades. NYSED is partnering with Public Consulting Group to develop comprehensive materials in Grades 6-12 that are aligned with those in Grades 3-5.
  34. 34. Curricular Support: 6-12 ELA 35 NYSED has partnered with Odell Education to publish a series of exemplary units for use in secondary English language arts classrooms. These units model at each grade level: text selection, increasing complexity, supports for evidence-based conversations, and rigorous writing. Comprehensive curricular modules are coming by July! EngageNY.org
  35. 35. EngageNY 36 What’s New: Revised navigational choices on the homepage Upgraded search experience New tagging, search and filter functionality E-Community for the field to engage, interact and share
  36. 36. Table Talk: What Will it Take? • What does this look like in classrooms? At home? At museums and outdoor sites? • What are your challenges with implementing the Common Core, and how can your colleagues in schools and cultural institutions help? • What Uncommon Approaches do you think you will adopt? 37EngageNY.org
  37. 37. Thank You! Liz Hood, Director, Office of Educational Television & Public Broadcasting lhood@mail.nysed.gov Leslie Yolen, Associate in Arts lyolen@mail.nysed.gov Erik Sweet, English Language Arts Associate esweet@mail.nysed.gov