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An In-Depth Look at a Formative Assessment Classroom Challenge: Evaluating Statements about Length and Area Module
An In-Depth Look at a Formative Assessment Classroom Challenge: Evaluating Statements about Length and Area Module

Formative Assessment Classroom Challenges are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Students in Kamaljit Sangha's middle school math class were learning about geometry when she incorporated this challenge on length and area. The lesson helps students reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct viable arguments, and critique the reasoning of others while addressing the mathematical concepts of length and area. This video presents different phases of the lessons and activities in context and includes excerpts of discussions between Sangha and the school's math coach, Sally Keyes.

Pairing Science and Literacy—Gates Foundation
Pairing Science and Literacy—Gates Foundation

Science teacher Michelle Buroker discusses her experience in writing LDC modules.

A Principal
A Principal's Perspective: Collaboration and Reflection

How do you create a collaborative school environment? In this video, Ida Price Middle School principal Deb Negrete and math coach Sally Keyes discuss Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and how to support reflective practitioners. See how their focus on problem solving, critical thinking, and formative instruction has increased student participation and comprehension.

Literacy in Other Disciplines
Literacy in Other Disciplines

This Hunt Institute video stresses the importance of integrating literacy into other disciplines.

Formative Assessment: Tools and Techniques
Formative Assessment: Tools and Techniques

What do teachers learn at each stage of a Classroom Challenges formative assessment lesson? Hear teachers share insights on the benefits of each stage of a Classroom Challenge and their instructional techniques to reach all of their students. Discover when to use the provided materials and how these resources shed light on student learning and understanding.

Literacy in Social Studies and Science - Gates Foundation
Literacy in Social Studies and Science - Gates Foundation

Gary McCormick provides a school district perspective on the integration of literacy skills in social studies and science.

Text-Dependent Analysis in Action: Examples from Dr. MLK, Jr.
Text-Dependent Analysis in Action: Examples from Dr. MLK, Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"

David Coleman analyzes “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in this Hunt Institute video.

Introduction to Classroom Challenges
Introduction to Classroom Challenges

Filmed at Ida Price Middle School in San Jose, Calif., this short video provides an introduction to the Classroom Challenges video series. See an overview of featured lessons, student interactions, and extracts from teacher observations and conversations with the school's math coach, Sally Keyes. Observe how teachers fit these formative assessment lessons into their existing curriculum and how this collaborative approach supports learning.

The Importance of Mathematical Practices (McCallum & Zimba)
The Importance of Mathematical Practices (McCallum & Zimba)

This Hunt Institute video explains how the Common Core State Standards for mathematics encompass two sets of standards: content and the standards for mathematical practice. The same eight mathematical practices standards are taught from grades K–12.

The Mathematics Standards: Key Changes and Their Evidence (McCallum)
The Mathematics Standards: Key Changes and Their Evidence (McCallum)

This Hunt Institute video focuses on the Common Core State Standards in mathematics, their key changes, and the evidence that supports the changes.

Connections in Literacy
Connections in Literacy

Terry Roberts of the National Paideia Institute discusses his organization’s experience in the writing of LDC modules.

High School Math Courses (McCallum)
High School Math Courses (McCallum)

In this Hunt Institute video, William McCallum discusses the key changes that will occur in high school mathematics courses with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Helping Teachers: Coherence and Focus (McCallum)
Helping Teachers: Coherence and Focus (McCallum)

Coherence and focus, two defining characteristics of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, are covered in this Hunt Institute video.

Literary Non-Fiction in Grades 6-12: Opening New Worlds for Teachers and Students (Coleman)
Literary Non-Fiction in Grades 6-12: Opening New Worlds for Teachers and Students (Coleman)

This Hunt Institute video points out the importance of the Common Core State Standards’ emphasis on literacy related to nonfiction text.

Analyzing Students
Analyzing Students' Work: Writing Equations

Ida Price Middle School math coach Sally Keyes and math teacher Cecilio Dimas discuss and evaluate student work to determine students' thinking and understanding. Dimas explains the modifications he made to an activity to capture students' individual thinking and summarizes his class's struggles with the concepts in the lesson.

An In-Depth Look at a Formative Assessment Classroom Challenge: Steps to Solving Equations Module
An In-Depth Look at a Formative Assessment Classroom Challenge: Steps to Solving Equations Module

Ida Price Middle School mathematics teacher Cecilio Dimas uses the formative assessment lesson Steps to Solving Equations in his classroom to help students formulate and solve linear equations. Dimas discovers student misconceptions through the pre-assessment activity and discussions with the school's math coach, Sally Keyes. Watch this video to see how Dimas uses this information to guide his instruction throughout the lesson, and to observe how students work through the activities in this Classroom Challenge and engage in math practices and with each other.

The Crucial Role of Higher Education and Business in Developing the Standards (Coleman)
The Crucial Role of Higher Education and Business in Developing the Standards (Coleman)

In this Hunt Institute video, David Coleman explains the role of higher education and business in the development of the Common Core State Standards.

Writing to Inform and Make Arguments
Writing to Inform and Make Arguments

This Hunt Institute video presents the importance of informative-explanatory and argumentation writing to student success in the 21st century.

Discovering and Resolving Misconceptions: Steps to Solving Equations Module
Discovering and Resolving Misconceptions: Steps to Solving Equations Module

View an extract from the end of the introductory activity from the Steps to Solving Equations lesson used by middle school mathematics teacher Cecilio Dimas. This portion of the Classroom Challenge allows Dimas to determine how comfortable his students are writing expressions and the degree to which they use the distributive property to simplify their expressions. Additionally, it enables him to identify any misconceptions they may have. Watch how Dimas constructs classroom conversations and peer discussion to discover and resolve his students' misconceptions.

Analyzing Students
Analyzing Students' Work: Statements Involving Length and Area

Kamaljit Sangha's middle school math class works through Classroom Challenges activities. Listen in on the conversation she has with math coach Sally Keyes as they examine student work to better understand Sangha's students' thinking.

The Mathematics Standards: How They Were Developed and Who Was Involved (McCallum & Zimba)
The Mathematics Standards: How They Were Developed and Who Was Involved (McCallum & Zimba)

This Hunt Institute video introduces the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, as well as how and by whom they were developed.

How to Use EduCore
How to Use EduCore

Watch this video to learn how you can best use EduCore as a tool.

Gathering Momentum for Algebra
Gathering Momentum for Algebra

In this Hunt Institute video, William McCallum notes that algebra is gaining momentum under the Common Core State Standards.

The English Language Arts Standards: Key Changes and Their Evidence
The English Language Arts Standards: Key Changes and Their Evidence

This Hunt Institute video outlines the key changes in the Common Core ELA standards and why the changes were made.

Discover Students
Discover Students' Thinking to Extend Learning: Evaluating Statements about Length and Area Module

Middle school math teacher Kamaljit Sangha observes, “This teaching style is that the students open up and the teacher has to be willing to accept that you are going to have ideas out there that you had never dealt with before.” See how she uncovers students' thinking and extends their learning through questioning and encouraging participation.

Common Core State Standards: A New Foundation for Student Success
Common Core State Standards: A New Foundation for Student Success

This animated video from the Hunt Institute gives an overview of the Common Core State Standards.

Common Core State Standards: Principles of Development
Common Core State Standards: Principles of Development

This video from the Hunt Institute outlines the principles of development established for the Common Core State Standards.

Rethinking Literacy—Gates Foundation
Rethinking Literacy—Gates Foundation

This video from the Gates Foundation gives an overview of the Common Core literacy components.

EduCore - Tools for Teaching the Common Core - CCSS webinar
EduCore - Tools for Teaching the Common Core - CCSS webinar

Sherida Britt gives a webinar on CCSS EduCore: Tools for Teaching the Common Core.

Mathematics Fluency: A Balanced Approach (McCallum)
Mathematics Fluency: A Balanced Approach (McCallum)

This Hunt Institute video explains why mathematics fluency is important to student success.

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