Top Articles on Effective Teaching
Key Shifts of the Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts and Literacy
Expert Susan Lafond provides an overview of the ways in which Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy differ from the standards that states currently use.
Language Objectives: The Key to Effective Content Area Instruction for English Learners
Jennifer Himmel of the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) provides an overview of how to use language objectives in content-area instruction for English learners.
Common Core in the Schools: A First Look at Reading Assignments
This survey and report takes an early look at how the Common Core State Standards are changing English language arts classes in our schools. It’s easy to spot key changes in emphasis in the standards themselves—essentially they represent a shift from skills alone to skills implemented in the context of complex texts. But what will teachers do to alter their traditional practices? Will they deploy different texts than in the past? Will the texts be more challenging?
Nine Ways the Common Core Will Change Classroom Practice
Robert Rothman, from the Alliance for Excellent Education, outlines nine ways the Common Core will change classroom practice in math and English Language Arts (ELA). Among the changes outlined for ELA, students will read more nonfiction, there will be a focus on evidence, and students will read more difficult text.