Common Core Tips

Teachers who have been implementing Making Meaning, Making Meaning Vocabulary and Being a Writer understand how closely aligned DSC programs are to the outcomes of the Common Core State Standards. They are finding that the lessons actually bring the standards to life in their classrooms. They also find our CCSS correlation tool very useful for planning lessons and for curriculum mapping across the year. We at DSC believe that when our lessons are taught as written we give students their best opportunity to fulfill the intentions of the standards. To that end, the CCSS Tips of the Week are meant to support teachers as they begin implementing the standards by using DSC programs.

38 weeks 1 day ago
from Sue Wilder
We’re repeating this tip because it was a favorite with our readers. If you missed it, we hope you enjoy it. If you caught it the first time, we hope you’ll appreciate the opportunity to revisit it. In both the Making Meaning and Being a Writer programs, we build in time each week to have students reflect and develop plans for...
40 weeks 2 days ago
from Sue Wilder
We’re repeating this tip because it was a favorite with our readers. If you missed it, we hope you enjoy it. If you caught it the first time, we hope you’ll appreciate the opportunity to revisit it. This week a visitor to our website submitted the following question. Do you have the Learning Goals and Essential Questions for each unit...
41 weeks 1 day ago
We’re repeating this tip because it was a favorite with our readers. If you missed it, we hope you enjoy it. If you caught it the first time, we hope you’ll appreciate the opportunity to revisit it.Where are you with your shift to the Common Core? While some are focused on the standards’ content, others are turning their... (1)
42 weeks 2 days ago
from Sue Wilder
Big changes in our educational practice always seems to be messy. In my experience, innovations that defy our old ways of doing things create conflict, confusion, and push-back that is hard to ignore. It’s no wonder that so many of us are struggling with the implementation of the CCSS. They aren’t benchmarks or lists of skills to be... (1)
43 weeks 2 days ago
from Sue Wilder
We’re repeating this tip because it was a favorite with our readers. If you missed it, we hope you enjoy it. If you caught it the first time, we hope you’ll appreciate the opportunity to revisit it.The “Note on range and content of student reading” from the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts makes a very...
44 weeks 2 days ago
from Sue Wilder
Writers need feedback. Most writers want feedback. Sometimes when I’m working on these tips, I wonder if anyone even reads them and if they are really worth the time, thought, and effort I put into writing them. A while back I asked our social media staff about this. They assured me that yes, people do read them and, even though they are...
45 weeks 2 days ago
from Sue Wilder
…students who have been taught well, who have actively explored a rich and challenging curriculum, will score very well on whatever tests are designed and given in any year. Best Practice: Bringing Standards to Life in America’s Classroom, 4th Edition, Heinemann, 2012 The authors of Best Practice argue that effective, skillful,...
46 weeks 1 day ago
from Sue Wilder
We’re repeating this tip because it was a favorite with our readers. If you missed it, we hope you enjoy it. If you caught it the first time, we hope you’ll appreciate the opportunity to revisit it. My two year old granddaughter, Harper Grace, has an opinion on almost everything and has never had any trouble expressing herself where... (2)
47 weeks 1 day ago
from Sue Wilder
We’re repeating this tip because it was a favorite with our readers. If you missed it, we hope you enjoy it. If you caught it the first time, we hope you’ll appreciate the opportunity to read closely. A close reading is a careful and purposeful reading. Well actually, it’s rereading. It’s a careful and purposeful... (1)
48 weeks 2 days ago
from Sue Wilder
The more I teach lessons myself and the more I observe others teaching, the more I realize that what we do doesn’t matter nearly as much as how kids experience what we do. It’s their engagement with the experience that leads to learning. But engagement isn’t enough.They also have to be actively connecting what they are learning...