If teachers are feeling a bit uneasy about how to implement common core standards in their classrooms, they need not be. At the bottom of the post is a wonderful breakdown on how common core will energize students about learning and teachers on new instructional methodologies which will motivate all students to actively participate in the learning process. It is worth the paper and ink to print it out and keep it within ready access to refer to as needed.
ELLs especially will benefit here since they will now be actively engaged in many academic discussion scenarios where they will be using academic language to discuss theme/lesson related topics. How will they develop this skill? There are many ways to achieve this goal: word walls, academic discussion question starters, sentence frames, concept maps, think-pair-shares (here ELLs have a couple of minutes to share with a partner what they understand from a reading or task), random call-ons, project-based learning, graphic organizers, structured cooperative learning groups, etc. They need to use key academic vocabulary in discussions because as their speaking and listening skills improve, so do their reading and writing skills. With ELLs being provided with many opportunities to actively use academic language in context--reading, writing, listening, and speaking, their English proficiency will grow. As their English proficiency grows so will their opportunities to graduate from high school and go on to join the growing global work force or university.
What will common core lessons look like? This link has some samples. There is a heavy emphasis on teacher modeling ("I DO"), students and teacher working together on lots of activities where the teacher can do frequent checks-for-understanding ("WE DO"), and students working independently ("YOU DO"). If there are any students who are struggling, teachers can step in at any time to provide "mini support" sessions which should clarify problems the students have.
I hope you like the link (PDF). I did:)
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BE A PRO AT IMPLEMENTING COMMON CORE IN YOUR CLASSROOM!