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Friday, October 26, 2012

About Common Core Lesson Plan Templates

Common Core Lesson Plan Templates published by Stars Educational Consortium (SEC) are universal in use and allow teachers to be creative and develop lessons that help students meet the expectations of the common core. Despite all the hype, Teacher's really don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on curriculum materials just because they have the title "Common Core" on the cover. According to the Common Core Standards Website, "Teachers should continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms." Furthermore, the CCSS website states that it is the responsibility of teachers and administrators to decide how the standards will be met, and speaks nothing in regards to that responsibility being put into the hands of textbook publishing companies.

This blog was created to offer suggestions to teachers and administrators on how to help students that are performing below and above grade level successfully meet the expectations set forth in the common core using the materials you already have. This blog speaks to using [assessment] data to drive instruction as well as using instruction to drive data through the use of the Common Core Lesson Plan Templates developed by SEC.

Common Core Lesson Plan Templates Description:

The templates are on CD and include all common core standards for ELA within drop down menu's that are embedded in each lesson plan. The templates are easy to use and customize for differentiated instruction for the CCSS. The lesson plan templates also include standards for grades 6-12 Literacy in History & Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects. The templates were created in Microsoft Word. The benefit of having the standards easily accessible within the drop down menus allows teachers to chose which standards/areas they will focus on, therefore helping teachers to stay on track as they prepare lessons aligned to the common core. Each lesson plan can be customized for differentiated instruction to support students performing below grade level. The templates serve as an excellent support resource to help Teachers make a successful and effective transition to the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) using their current classroom materials.

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