Category Archives: ELA Common Core

Common Core Reading: Are You Doing All the Work?

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Do your young readers struggle with asking and answering questions about text? Do they find it difficult to find textual support for their answers? If you ask how a question about a book, do they sometimes shrug their shoulders and … Continue reading

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It All Begins with Play

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By Katherine McKnight, SDE Featured Presenter It all begins with play. If play is the conduit for learning, what happens to it in school?  It is often lost in school because it is mistakenly perceived as “extra” and doesn’t lead to … Continue reading

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Don’t Keep Your Opinions to Yourself!

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By Laureen Reynolds, SDE Educational Consultant Over the past several months, I’ve been chatting with you about conducting research projects with young students and I hope you’ve started to dig into the practice of building some mini-research assistants. This time around, … Continue reading

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6 Common Myths About the Common Core State Standards—Debunked

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The Common Core State Standards are dramatically changing how students learn and teachers teach. But how much do we actually know about them—or, perhaps more importantly, not know? To clarify what the standards are and are not, we’ll tackle some … Continue reading

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Get to the Core of Reading Comprehension

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By Laureen Reynolds, SDE Presenter We all have favorite activities and strategies that we use to build students’ comprehension skills, and traditionally, comprehension instruction has focused on sequencing and retelling events. So, now that we’re really good at that, let’s … Continue reading

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