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to Trim Time and Effort from Lesson Planning
As you know, Common Core State Standards are still somewhat new to most of us. And like it or not, they may be with us for some time yet to come.
If you feel comfortable with them, bravo for you. But, many of your colleagues may feel quite differently—as the info graphic shown here suggests.
For me, one of the biggest challenges of adapting to common core is just simply one of logistics—and time.
See if my story sounds familiar to you:
I know what I’m going to be doing with my kids on any given day, but what standard fits in with that the best? Where do I go to find the one that suits the lesson? How does this task that the kids will be completing dovetail with that?
Then, I start leafing through my standards book or scanning through web pages to locate just the right one. I have to put this in my lesson plans, and it’s got to be right. I think this one is appropriate, or perhaps it’s not. Did I do this right?
No wonder many of us feel uncomfortable.
What follows on this page is an introduction to a product called Common Core Calculator 7 that, I believe, will make lesson planning easier and quicker. Is it the total answer? Of course not.
But, I’m thinking you may agree that it’s a big step in the right direction.
Common Core Calculator 7
This lesson planning utility is designed specifically for seventh grade language arts teachers.
As a result, all of the standards are exact copies of public domain material made available by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers.
The concept behind Common Core Calculator 7 is quite
simple, but disarmingly powerful—locate the most appropriate standard for the
any given lesson or activity in the least amount of time with the least amount
The simple, straight-forward directions appear directly
on the welcome screen in a section called Quick
Start (shown below):
Simply choose any of the core strands from the upper left
section of the screen, and the keypad(s) for that section will be displayed.
For example, below is the screen associated with the
Reading Literature Strand:
Succinct summaries of all of the standards for that strand
appear on the keys:
Scan the keys to look for the most appropriate standard
and click on its key to reveal the complete Common Core State Standard in the
calculator’s display screen, as you see here…
Finally, drag through the standard to highlight it, then
use Ctrl+C to copy it. Now you may paste
it wherever you like—your lesson plan, the district’s website, students’
activity sheets, or wherever else you may need it.
It’s that easy.
The Writing Strand and the Language Strand both have more
than one keypad. To access additional keypads,
simply use the arrows provided in the upper left corner of the screen, as you
see circled here on the Writing Strand section:
Free and Full Download Details
The free trial version of Common Core Calculator 7 for Windows
may be downloaded here. This application will NOT run on a Mac, unless your computer is specifically set up to run executable files.
The free version displays both sets of keypads for the Language Strand only. This should be adequate to give you a hands-on feel for how the calculator works.
The full download version
features all five strands and their associated eight keypads. And, just like the free version, it is compatible with all versions of Windows.
At the time of
this writing and the subsequent release of this product, I have no way of
knowing how well this may be received.
As a result, plans for future grade levels/subject areas cannot be
determined at this time.
If you would care
to voice your support with a purchase, I would be delighted. common core standards
In the likely
event that you are NOT a seventh grade language arts teacher, but you WOULD
like to see more products along this line, please let me hear from you. Have suggestions/comments/questions?common core standards
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