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Learning Object Repositories as Classroom Resources

On the horizon for educators is a new resource just now beginning to take shape in some states. If you have not yet heard about “content repositories” or “Learning Object Repositories,” consider this E-hint your first introduction to a new kind of digital library. A Learning Object Repository is an idea birthed, in part, from the use of various software designed for online learning, each of which is referred to as a “Learning Content Management System,” or LCMS for short.Read More

Subcommittees for the Subject Area Committees

When subject area committees (SACs) convene to write curriculum, they quickly recognize there are many responsibilities involved with this phase of the process. In an effort to organize and manage the multiple tasks involved, a SAC may decide to make use of subcommittees. Ideally, a SAC has a teacher representative for each grade level/course of the target subject; however, a subcommittee can function well as long as there is a …Read More

Traditional Math Courses vs Integrated Math Courses: How to Decide?

The Common Core State Standards for Math (CCSS) are arranged by specific grade levels in kindergarten through eighth grade. Although the standards are divided into specific strands at the high school level (geometry, algebra, etc.), they are listed as appropriate for ninth through twelfth grade students without designation as to which standards are to be included for each grade. This structure allows school districts to make individual decisions about how …Read More

Questions that Arise When Aligning with the Common Core State Standards

Districts across the nation are in the process of incorporating the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into their local curriculums. Unlike past sets of “grade-banded” state standards that required districts to decide the grade level where a skill will be taught within a given group of grades (i.e. K-2, 3-5, 6-8), the CCSS identifies a specific grade for placement of each skill. However, even though the question of where the …Read More