In the Common Core, everyone in the building is responsible for teaching reading skills and strategies within their content area. With one undergraduate course (or perhaps two) in content area reading, many teachers feel inadequately prepared for this expectation. It is understandable why.
The CCSS has created the perfect storm in many ways. It’s not all about reading and teaching reading skills, per se. This shift calls for a broader discussion around literacy and learning. So many diverse pieces, if you will, can merge to create a new picture of what reading and literacy learning look like in classrooms. Up for discussion include literacy frameworks, learning models, digital tools, and much more.
The emergence of the Common Core ELA and literacy standards creates the perfect backdrop for ongoing discussions and collaboration among teachers, various departments, and administrators. It is time to begin getting clear on what literacy learning looks like within classrooms and varied content areas and disciplines.
The following topics are important to a discussion about literacy, student learning, and the Common Core ELA and literacy standards:
- 21st century learners,
- literacy-rich and highly effective learning environments,
- flipped classrooms (and here),
- personalized learning,
- blended learning,
- project based learning (and here)
- digital tools to support reading and vocabulary,
- online tools that support project-based learning,
- social media in the classroom,
- comprehension, struggling readers, & resources to help,
- assessments for measuring students’ reading comprehension and vocabulary, and even
- what not to do,
You’ll likely think of others that I missed. If so, please feel free to included these in the comments below.
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Common Core Resources:
- Common Core Cheat Sheet
- Common Core Toolkit
- new eBook – 25 Ways to Prepare for the Common Core
- Vocabulary & the Common Core Webinar Series
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