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Common Sense for Common Core

Suzanne McCabe October 23rd, 2013

If you need Common Core resources, check out our redesigned website. We've added several features, including:

Worth reading or worth writing?

Suzanne McCabe October 16th, 2013

The Common Core asks students to read and analyze "works of quality and substance." That some texts have been deemed more worthy than others has led critics to question...

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Why the ability to read complex texts matters

Suzanne McCabe September 28th, 2013

The reading of "complex texts" is given tremendous attention in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Why? At Scholastic's recent Teacher Appreciation...

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It’s not complicated. It’s not easy either.

Suzanne McCabe September 18th, 2013

How many educators begin their speeches by singing James Brown's "I Feel Good"? If you answered one, you get an A. If you said Phyllis C. Hunter, give yourself an A+....

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Ditch the distractions and listen up!

Suzanne McCabe September 5th, 2013

Several months ago, I was invited to do a radio interview.

"Why do they want you?" asked my 93-year-old mother.

"They think I'm an expert on the topic," I...

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Quote: ‘Kids teach you everything you need to know’

Suzanne McCabe August 21st, 2013

Today is Maria P. Walther's first day of school. Well, her first day of a new school year. This will actually be her 28th year teaching first grade ("in human years")....

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10 things worth doing in your classroom

Suzanne McCabe August 15th, 2013

David Coleman, the architect of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, spoke to a group of New York City teachers this week about how to enrich their...

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Shakespeare's Othello and racial stereotypes?

Suzanne McCabe August 5th, 2013

Blended Learning and Technology in the Classroom:“Teach Informational Texts Alongside the Literature You Love”

The Common Core is little more than a promise. How it is implemented will make all the difference. That's why this post by Catlin Tucker, a high school English language...

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How daydreaming can help you pay attention

Suzanne McCabe August 1st, 2013

The Brilliant Report:“Looking out, looking in”

In a previous frizzle post, I spotlighted the Common Core's first Anchor Standard for Reading, which asks students to "Read closely to determine what the text says...

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Quote: Pay attention to the details

Suzanne McCabe July 25th, 2013

Many Common Core discussions center on how students should read a text. No wonder. The gauntlet is thrown down in the first line of the first Anchor Standard for...

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