Monthly Archives: March 2016

The New Era of Teaching: Common Core State Standards

Hi, my name is Mari and I’m an educator with 21 successful years under my belt in the classroom teaching mostly great students. Can we talk?  The concept of Common Core State Standards is a great one: The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live.    However, many educators regarding their expected performance of conveying CCSS’s lessons can feel the pressure to perform and measure up breathing down their necks. 

TCK-1Many educators I’ve worked with or read articles about point out that they feel CCSS is a great concept but feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes down to conveying the Standards in an entertaining, engaging, and effective student-friendly manner within the expected completion time limits as outlined by the Curriculum Maps. First, the most important thing is understanding the CCSS provided materials and then conveying the concepts effectively to students. Well, even after 21 years teaching, occasionally I have to take a minute to figure out how some of the answers are derived.   If you fall in this category also, just take a knee and nod your head in silence with me and know I feel your pain. It’s not that we’re not up to the task of teaching CCSS, or heaven forbid, have gotten dumber; it’s more the time constraints of everyday teaching coupled along with the expectations placed on us because it’s our job to help our little darlings understand new CCSS math problems like in this example:

Honestly, some CCSS explanations are real head-scratchers. Granted there was a lot of money and effort spent by school districts on CCSS materials for us to be ready for the embrace of CCSS, however, much of the supplied materials’ explanations of given subjects to be introduced to students seem to be written for those who have advanced degrees in understanding gibberish or can understand the “Klingon” dialect for the “Trekies”.  But guys, we’re into CCSS four years and the explanations haven’t gotten any better. What about those confused, lost, uninformed parents?  Those who want to assist their struggling child with homework, once seeing some of the CCSS material, take on a deer in the headlight type stare over how vague the explanations are.

In order to gain a solid footing with CCSS and convey it so I could feel I wasn’t short-changing my students by not giving them my best, I’ve spent many nights and weekends searching for outside digital resources dealing with CCSS Math. I feel there are some good outside resources available to teachers that can save time and effort when wanting to reinforce lessons, but there are few that pull it altogether.

These are critical areas to pay attention to when purchasing teaching supporting resources:

Do I like the product?

Is there a free sample available or by request?

Is it grade level and age appropriate?

Does it address / reinforce what I’m teaching?

Is it visually engaging?

Are explanations easy for students understand and follow?

Does it encourage conceptual thinking?

Does it encourage critical thinking to reach conclusions?

Can all my related math classes use this product?

Can the product be useful in various classroom group settings?

While following the curriculum sequence is a normal factor in everyday teaching, CCSS added more urgency to get things done on the set time tables of Curriculum Maps. In addition to the pressures of learning, perceiving, transmitting, and assessing new standards for teaching old subjects, teachers now are required to teach their students a new way of learning these old subjects and insure that their students have a grasp of these new ideas so they will be able to ‘Meet or Exceed’ the annual springtime standardized testing.  As mentioned, the plight of gathering useful material for those completely new, difficult, and confusing standards is in itself time-consuming and mindboggling.  With this notion in mind, TeachersKorner CCSS Math resources was started.  I put the difficult and hard-to-find critical point areas in one place to save teachers time when looking for great CCSS Math resources. Our “See the Lesson in Action” concept addresses visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic learning encouraging critical thinking and problem solving skills development.

Our Common Core State Standards Math resources are continually being used in the classrooms of many elementary and middle grade level teachers and are getting great reviews and praises for their ability to engage and motivate students. Students also gain a sense of pride in their ability because they now “See the Lesson in Action”. If you’d like to check out why teachers are excited about our products or get on my safe mailing list for new product releases, just email me here at teacherskorner@outlook.com


TEACHERS KORNER- MARI-1by: Mari Parson B.A., M.Ed.
Math Intervention Specialist
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See all the great products geared to assist teacher with CCSS!

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Product Spotlight: ‘180 Days of’

We wanted to take the opportunity to spotlight a new series that was recently released by Shell Education and is already trending with our customers, so we thought we would take a deeper look.

This ‘180 Days of’ series is available into four individual series with topics such as, Writing, Language, Reading and Math.

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This particular series is geared to teachers but also parents that are working with their children to gain or improve basic skills.  Great for after school, intervention, or homework. Resources includes companion files to make the learning experience more complete.  Each individual series is specially developed for students grades K – 6.

writing180 Days of Writing:  180 Days of Writing is an easy-to-use resource that provides students with practice in writing opinion, informative/explanatory, and narrative pieces while also strengthening their language and grammar skills. Centered on high-interest themes, each two-week unit is aligned to one writing standard. Students will interact with mentor texts during the first week and then apply their learning the next week by practicing the steps of the writing process… read more


 

language180 Days of Language: Provide students with the right tools to grow their grammar skills. This easy-to-use classroom resource provides daily practice in punctuation, capitalization, parts of speech, and spelling. Featuring 180 quick, diagnostic-based activities, data-driven assessment tips, and digital resources including pdfs of the activity sheets, and assessments, students will be gaining grammar skills in no time! As well as detailed step by step instructions for teachers and parents on how to best use this resource with students. read more


 

reading180 Days of Reading: Encourage students to build their reading comprehension and word study skills using daily practice activities. Teachers and parents can help students gain regular practice through these quick, diagnostic-based activities that are correlated to the Common Core and other state standards. Both fiction and nonfiction reading passages are provided as well as data-driven assessment tips and digital versions of the assessment analysis tools and activities. With these easy-to-use activities, kindergarteners will boost their reading skills in a hurry! read more


 

Math180 Days of Math: This book provides teachers and parents with 180 daily practice activities to build and gauge students’ mathematical fluency. Each problem is tied to a specific mathematical concept. Students gain regular practice through these quick, diagnostic-based activities. Data-driven assessment tips are provided, and the companion Teacher Resource files includes assessment analysis resources. This series is available in both standard and enhanced versions. read more


As stated in one description above, each eBook, in each series comes with comprehensive instructions for teachers and parents on how best to use this resource .  Teachers can use this as part of their main or supplemental curriculum.  Parents will appreciate the ease to which the materials are set up making it easy for students to work through the lessons.

Be sure to check out this wonder series and see why it is already a trending favorite with our customers.

Top Trending Titles for February 2016

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These are the top-trending titles for February 2016

1. 25 Complex Text Passages to Meet the Common Core: Literature and Informational Texts, series (Grades 2-8)

sch9780545577090by Scholastic

This book—leveled for second grade—embraces nine of the ten CCSS College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading: key ideas and details, craft and structure, integration of knowledge and ideas, and range of reading and level of text complexity!
Standard Edition: $14.24 • Enhanced Edition: $18.99

 2. Mathematics: Drill and Practice, series (Grades 1-6)
hspa284rby Hayes School Publishing

Skill and problem solving activities with equal emphasis on skill and concept development. Ideal supplement for any current text. Rounding numbers, solving equations, least common multipliers, multiplying, dividing, fractions and mixed numbers, decimals, problem solving, percents, geometry, and more.
Our price: $5.65

3. Mastering the Standards: Mathematics, series (Grades 7-12)

hspam108eby Hayes School Publishing

Help students do their best on standardized tests in mathematics by familiarizing them with the formats and skills they will need for success. The problems developed for this series are based on standards from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and state standards from across the nation. This book includes practice pages on Lines/Angles, 2-D Figures, Triangles, and 3-D Figures. Each section features a test for assessment.
Our price: $5.65

 4. Spectrum Math, series (Grades K-8)

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by Carson-Dellosa Publishing

Reinforce your students in grades K-8 with Spectrum Math. With the progressive lessons in this workbook, your child will strengthen skills that include adding and subtracting, composing shapes, comparing numbers, and taking measurements. The best-selling Spectrum® Math workbook series provides quality educational activities that build the skills your child needs for math achievement and success.  for more info
Our Price: $7.59

 5. Reading: Daily Comprehension, series (Grades 1-8)

emc3451iby Evan-Moor Educational Publishers

Evan-Moor Common Core Top Pick! Daily instruction on the language and reading skills your students need to improve reading comprehension and raise test scores!  Engage your students in reading, thinking about, and responding to a variety of passages and texts! Daily Reading Comprehension, Grades 1-8 presents your students with practice on the reading skills they need to become strong and successful readers. for more info
Our price: $28.49

6. Differentiated Reading for Comprehension, series (Grades 1-6)

csd104615ebby Carson-Dellosa Publishing

Differentiated Reading for Comprehension is designed to provide high-interest, nonfiction reading success for all readers. Each 64-page book focuses on first grade reading skills defined by the Common Core State Standards. Each of 15 stories is presented separately for the below-level, on-level, and advanced students, followed by a series of comprehension questions. for more info
Our price: $9.49

7. Math Clues, series  (Grades 3-5)

edi1218by Educational Impressions

The Math Clues Series (Books 1-4) helps students gain a clear understanding of basic mathematical concepts. The relationship of one concept to another is demonstrated throughout the series. The language of mathematics is precise and the skill of each concept is fully developed with lessons, practice, and motivating story problems. for more info *eLessons also available
Our price: $15.95

8. Sight Words Sentences: Cut and Paste, (Grades K-1)

ctp7180by Creative Teaching Press

Over 100 Sight Words Featured Help beginning readers master over 100 sight words using the unique, hands-on approach in this resource. Step-by-step directions tell how to use the sight words on each reproducible to teach an entire lesson reinforcing sight word recognition, sentence structure, vocabulary development, and higher level comprehension skills.
Our price: $9.49

9. Power Practice: LA series (Grades 1-8)

ctp8330by Creative Teaching Press

Over 100 Reproducible Activities to Sharpen Basic Skills. Provides a collection of units featuring nonfiction passages with accompanying vocabulary, comprehension, reading strategy, and word study exercises. Topics include: using context clues, making inferences, summarizing, using graphic organizers & determining cause and effect.  *eLessons also available from $4.74
Standard Edition: $14.24 •  Enhanced Edition: $16.14

10. Tall-Tale Math, series (Grades 5-9)

edi0564by Educational Impressions

Available in Books 1-4. Humorous story problems are used to teach the following concepts: Rounding Decimals; Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying, and Dividing Decimals and Fractions; Finding Common Denominators; Reducing Fractions; Percents and Integers. *Also available in eLessons
Our Price: $14.95


Honorable Mention:

Macbeth Lesson Plans (Grade 9-12)
by Center for Learning
Our Price: $14.20

Canadian Health Activities (Grades 1-6)
by Chalkboard Publishing
Standard Edition: 
$14.24
Enhanced Edition: $18.99

New Feature on our eStore!

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March Madness Sale

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Starting today, one of our top selling publishers is sponsoring a HUGE sale on their products. For the next week, Educational Impressions are slashing their prices. 75% off all their entire product line!

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Welcome TeachersKorner

New-Publisher

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TeachersKorner was started in 2013 by two M.Ed. Mathematic educators who over the past 28 years have been highly successful in the classroom. With the introduction of CCSS and the supplied work materials, it was recognized that there was a need for better CCSS Math resources. Hearing the call of fellow math teachers for better and more effective CCSS resources, TeachersKorner was started. TeachersKorner today is fast becoming the go to resource for teachers wanting their students to succeed. TeachersKorner’s products are constantly praised for taking these difficult Math Common Core State Standards and breaking them down into Fun and Engaging visual lessons by ‘Showing the Instruction in Action.’ Teachers love the fact they can now reinforce their instruction letting students see and visualize how to approach, conceptualize, and conclude correct answers while using technology. Hands down, teachers tell us these digital PPT’s are among some of the best Math CCSS resources available.

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Welcome MLG Publishing

New-Publisher

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MLG publishes a range of learning materials written by teachers for teachers which you will find nowhere else. MLG resources are highly visual and tactile, sometimes slightly quirky, and ideally suited to active and lively multi-sensory approaches. They believe that learners learn best when they are actively engaged in their learning; when they are having fun; when they can forget they are learning. Learners of all ages often have a fear of speaking out in front of others, and of being wrong – with these engaging, nonthreatening resources they will lose their inhibitions. Their appealing and amusing cartoon-style pictures prompts – indeed, our whole approach – lend themselves to game-like activities that offer opportunities for repeated practice, keeping learners active, giving them a sense of progress and success and have proven worth also in improving their exam performance! Use as a central activity of the lesson – for presentation, practice, assessment, diagnosis and revision (and yes – a brilliant time filler or end of lesson treat!). For individual, pair, small group and whole class activities.

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