The Common Core: 12 Discussion Starters for Secondary Teachers

TeachersI’ve written a few posts recently focusing on the Common Core ELA & Literacy Standards and the (new) role for many secondary teachers.

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:

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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Kimberly has been a teacher, administrator, and literacy consultant who worked in districts across the country to improve student literacy achievement. She currently serves as an Educational Specialist with Solution Tree and project manager for large-scale PLC implementations. Her new book, Blended Vocabulary: Harnessing the Power of Digital Tools and Effective Instruction, was recently released in February, 2017.
  • Fran Toomey

    Great list of resources. Have curated many to Scoopit and Pinterst

    • Kimberly

      Great, Fran. I’m glad the resources can be helpful to you and thanks for including the posts on others sites.

    • I’m glad they can be of help to you and others. Thanks for letting me know this, Fran. Scoopit and Pinterest have so many great resources. You may want to check out our literacy boards on Pinterest, too.