He Said, She Said: The Art of Classroom Conversation

Jack and Shelly are working together on a math story problem. As they talk to each other, they debate whether to use addition or subtraction. They search for key words and decide the best approach to take. Their discussion encourages both students to apply critical thinking for problem solving. As teachers, we know that learning […]

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The ELA Common Core Standards

Academic standards have been around for years. For at least a decade, states and local agencies offered their version of standards to ensure equitable, high quality education for all. Teachers spent countless hours studying dozens of standards and planning standards-based curriculum. Yet, critics charged that the system of well, unsystematic state standards was not unified; […]

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