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The Core Six: Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence with the Common Core 1st Edition

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Odds are, your state has adopted the Common Core State Standards. You know how the standards emerged, what they cover, and how they are organized. But how do you translate the new standards into practice?

Enter the Core Six: six research-based, classroom-proven strategies that will help you and your students respond to the demands of the Common Core. Thanks to more than 40 years of research and hands-on classroom testing, the authors know the best strategies to increase student engagement and achievement and prepare students for college and career. Best of all, these strategies can be used across all grade levels and subject areas.

The Core Six include

1. Reading for Meaning.

2. Compare & Contrast.

3. Inductive Learning.

4. Circle of Knowledge.

5. Write to Learn.

6. Vocabulary's CODE.

For each strategy, this practical book provides

* Reasons for using the strategy to address the goals of the Common Core.

* The research behind the strategy.

* A checklist for implementing the strategy in the classroom.

* Multiple sample lessons that illustrate the strategy in action.

* Planning considerations to ensure your effective use of the strategy.

Any strategy can fall flat in the classroom. By offering tips on how to capture students' interest, deepen students' understanding of each strategy, use discussion and questioning techniques to extend student thinking, and ask students to synthesize and transfer their learning, The Core Six will ensure that your instruction is inspired rather than tired.

About the Author

Harvey F.Silver, president of Silver Strong & Associates and Thoughtful Education Press, was named one of the 100 most influential teachers in the country. He has conducted numerous workshops for school districts and state education departments throughout the United States. He was the principal consultant for the Georgia Critical Thinking Skills Program and the Kentucky Thoughtful Education Teacher Leadership Program. Silver is the author of several educational bestsellers, including So Each May Learn: Integrating Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences and Teaching Styles and Strategies, both published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Design. With Richard Strong, Silver developed The Thoughtful Classroom a renowned professional development program based on the commitment to make students as important as standards.

Matthew J. Perini, director of publishing at Silver Strong & Associates, has authored curriculum guides, articles, and research studies on a wide range of topics, including learning styles, multiple intelligences, and effective teaching practices. Strong, Silver, and Perini have recently collaborated on Discovering Nonfiction: 25 Powerful Teaching Strategies, Grades 2-6; So Each May Learn: Integrating Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences; and Teaching What Matters Most: Standards and Strategies for Raising Student Achievement.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Heinle ELT; 1 edition (August 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416614753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416614753
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What if you only had time and money to use and purchase six tools to teach your entire curriculum? What would those six tools be? Authors Harvey Silver, R. Thomas Dewing, and Matthew Perini seem to do just that in their book The Core Six: Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence with Common Core.

Many of us are right in the midst to implementing the Common Core Standards, whether we philosophically agree or disagree with the need for their existence. School leaders and teachers are scrambling to find and create tools for implementation, and the massively growing number of new books and materials about the Common Core aren't making this task any easier. However, there are few that focus on the "essentials" to the degree that The Core Six does. This concise volume (it's only 78 pages) lays what it calls "Six Core Practices Students Need to Cultivate to Become Independent Learners."

According to this book, "The Core Six" are strategies that foster college and career-readiness, and at the same time, address the Common Core Standards. These six strategies, according to Silver, Dewing, and Perini are:
Reading for Meaning: This strategy helps students develop the skills to be proficient, effective readers and make sense of text.

Compare and Contrast: This strategy teaches students to conduct comparative analysis, thereby getting them to learn content at a much deeper level.

Inductive Learning: Inductive Learning as a strategy helps students see patterns and structures in content by using inductive processes.

Circle of Knowledge: Circle of Knowledge is a strategic framework for planning and conducting engaging classroom discussions that get students to think deeply and communicate thoughtfully.
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This short book contains concise and practical advice for teachers of other content areas to integrate reading and writing strategies into their practice. As a science teacher, I can immediately see ways to apply these strategies, with the help of its clear, cookbook style approach and its examples from various subjects. I also appreciated the authors providing references for the research basis of each approach and for further exploration.
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This book is full of antecdotes, templates and suggestions to help school leaders deal with implementation of "Common Core Curriculum". It helps us understand what "Common Core" looks like in each of the major disciplines. It is a small book, but is packed with helpful insight and hints.
Our school's Literacy Leadership team is reading and gleaning information from it to disseminate to our faculty next school year.
I am extremely happy that we found this book!
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In a nutshell, this book describes practical applications for the classroom of Core Standards. If you are looking for a lengthy description of the standards themselves, this is not the book to select.
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Might have to buy it again as I lent it to another teacher and they are still using it. If you want a clear - keep it simple - kind of guide to the implementation of the new state standards, this is a must read.
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Our district is in the process of implementing the CCSS, this is a great resource for teachers and principals alike! It is an easy read with a lot of valuable information. This goes with me wherever I go!
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As common core is rolled out this is a good starting point with several practical applications that can be put into place in the elementary through secondary school level. One idea that was of interest to me was its discussion on academic language vocabulary development. Organizing vocabulary on questions covered in units could be very powerful. It could allow students to chunk related ideas which in turn can help students with note taking and overall understanding of a unit.

To improve this book it would be useful to set up an appendix that breaks its example lessons by elementary,middle and high school levels. In addition it could draw up more examples across a wider range of subjects.

As it stands this is a short book with several useful examples to change lessons more attuned to common core.
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I have only started reading this book but based on the little that I have read this far and the samples that I have seen as I skim the book, it will be essential in my classroom as my kids do reading in French.
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