For two principals at New Paradigm for Education schools, data isn’t just a tool for accountability: it’s a compass that guides them throughout every stage of planning, instruction, and reflection. How do these leaders apply data as a year-round instructional driver instead of just a year-end report card?Read More
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Conceptual understanding is one of three aspects of rigor outlined by the Common Core. It calls for instruction that introduces mathematical concepts, emphasizes sense-making over answer-getting, and builds and refines students’ mathematical schema.Read More
Rigor in math teaching means focusing with equal intensity on students’ conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and ability to apply what they know to real-world, problem-solving situations. Rigor doesn’t just mean “harder” or “more difficult.”Read More
“My students aren’t going to learn this anyway, so why are we teaching it?”
The question hung heavy in the air of the professional learning session, but no one responded to the teacher who asked it.Read More
I remember vividly my middle school teacher gave us a word search as a final exam. Was this all he thought we could do?
As an adult, I’ve learned that if you set the bar too low for kids, they believe that’s all they’re capable of.Read More
“Rigor” is on every math teacher’s mind these days, and for good reasons. Rigorous teaching is key to improving student learning. At German Gerena Community School, an ANet partner in Springfield, MA, Math ILS Lindsey Lindequist developed an innovative approach to analyzing interim data that promotes rigorous teaching.Read More
I don’t like doing things I’m not good at, and I know I’m not alone. That’s why, as a teacher, I hated to see my students frustrated and struggling. And yet, when I gave them something easy to “build them up,” they often became distracted.Read More
The Renaissance Charter School in Queens, NY is doing great work around complex text. When you walk into different classrooms throughout the school, you’ll see first-grade students charting their stamina for reading, fifth-grade students reading and crafting their own memoirs, and sixth-grade students diving deep into texts and sharing their understanding with their classmates.Read More
Math teachers, spurred by new standards, are striving to increase the rigor of their instruction. But…what exactly is rigor?Read More
You’d be hard-pressed to find a school that isn’t focused on improving student writing. And that’s not surprising—it takes a lot of practice to transfer thoughts into writing, and to do so in a clear, compelling way.Read More
We need to flip the way we think about assessments away from the idea that they are only a vehicle for data, and towards the idea that they are powerful instructional resources.Read More
Meredith Liben, director of literacy and English language arts at Student Achievement Partners talks about the Common Core Literacy State Standards as a tool for ensuring equally high expectations for all students. [2:27 video]Read More
The Common Core standards clearly advocate placing texts front and center in planning and instruction. For many schools, transitioning to this approach in ELA has required a significant shift.
Watch as leaders and teachers from Garfield Elementary School in Revere, Massachusetts share their experience making this shift. Their enthusiasm is palpable.
Learning to multiply decimals is nothing new to 5th grade math classrooms, but with Common Core instruction, one key shift makes a big difference. That shift? Developing conceptual understanding.Read More