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Missing the Context Misses the Purpose of Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address"

Here is an educational policy riddle: How much background knowledge does a student need to read a historical text?

According to New York Engage website: None.

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are being implemented state by state, and there is an emphasis from teaching students background knowledge to teaching students skills, specifically the skill of close…

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Added by Colette Marie Bennett on April 15, 2013 at 11:25am — No Comments

What Interdisciplinary Writing Assessments Could Learn from Saturday Night Live

This post completes a trilogy of reflections on the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) which will be terminated once the new Smarter Balance Assessments tied to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are implemented. There will be at least one more year of the same CAPT assessments, specifically the Interdisciplinary Writing Prompt (IW) where 10th grade students write a persusive essay in response to news articles. While the horribly misnamed Response to Literature (RTL) prompt…

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Added by Colette Marie Bennett on March 18, 2013 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Once You Go YouTube, You Can Never Go Back!

The teachers at the professional development session were visibly frustrated; I could hear the irritation in their comments. The presentation on the use of digital technology was to help them improve digital literacy across the content areas, but many of the sites in the demonstration were blocked by the school's Internet filter. I sympathized with their frustration because just three years ago, I was like them. Three years ago, our school's Internet filter blocked everything.…

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Added by Colette Marie Bennett on February 17, 2013 at 7:35am — No Comments

Informational Text for Social Studies or English: "The Perils of Indifference" by Elie Wiesel

By my calculations, at the mid-point of the school year, many World History classes are studying World War II. Should these classes want to increase their use of an informational text in English or Social Studies curriculum, I suggest Elie Wiesel’s noteworthy speech …

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Added by Colette Marie Bennett on January 11, 2013 at 11:52am — No Comments

Common Language not in Common Core

Going back to school means that teachers and students will confront two philosophical statements. One statement is the school’s mission statement that quite literally confronts them as they enter a school building. The second statement is the statement of purpose for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that currently guides the curriculum for K-12 teachers in states that adopted the CCSS.



Here is an interesting exercise. Below, there are three randomly selected school mission…

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Added by Colette Marie Bennett on August 31, 2012 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Can You Pay Attention for Eight Minutes? NBC Olympic Coverage Says “No”

Watching the Olympics has been a mixture of admiration and frustration. Like many Americans, I was caught by the story of 15-year-old swimmer Katie Ledecky who is the same age of many of my students. At 11:00 PM Friday night, there was engaging hype leading up to her 800 meter freestyle event. The NCB sports commentator noted, "The race will be about eight minutes," before the digital buzz sent the line of swimmers simultaneously into the pool. By the end of the first two minutes, Ledecky…

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Added by Colette Marie Bennett on August 4, 2012 at 9:25pm — 4 Comments

They’re Not Digital Natives, They’re Digital Tourists!

To all those who claim that all students today are digital “natives,” I beg to disagree.

Digital natives are defined as those…

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Added by Colette Marie Bennett on June 1, 2012 at 5:42am — 2 Comments

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