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

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

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

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


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.


Heidi Hayes Jacobs

The word core has special meaning for educators. Core suggests what is essential, what is at the heart of teaching and learning. Whether designing curriculum units or laying out instructional plans, teachers make decisions about what to emphasize and what must sit by the wayside. How do we make cogent and meaningful choices about what is core for our learners? How can we have confidence in our instructional sequences so that our students forge a pathway to the core?

These questions take on even more significance with the advent of the Common Core State Standards, as schools and districts dive into unwrapping, scaffolding, and integrating these standards directly into their practice. While we seek guidance on how to address these new standards, we simultaneously wish to adhere to what we know works—the finest of proven teaching methodology.

In your hands, you hold a genuine edu-toolkit loaded with clear, specific strategies to help you and your colleagues address key Common Core– related challenges at all grade levels. Based on years of field experience and action research, Harvey Silver, Thomas Dewing, and Matthew Perini have shaped an eminently practical book focused on six core practices that students need to cultivate to become independent learners. the six strategies clearly address the ccss, but they do more than that. Given that these Core Six impact lifelong learning, they directly support the mission of the architects of the Common Core to provide the basis for college and career readiness. the Core Six are . . .

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