#9: Making Sense of the Standards (Back-to-School Countdown)

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In This Vlog with Sarah Brown Wessling:

What do these Standards mean? How do I teach from them? How do I bundle them and put them into student language? I’m going to talk about the Standards and how putting them into student language impacts culture.

This is how I bundled my high school ELA Standards into 6 relevant “mantras” that my students (and I) can remember easily:

  1. Creating context
  2. Reading closely
  3. Analyzing
  4. Exposing precise thinking
  5. Writing or speaking to transfer
  6. Building stamina

Your Turn:

1. Put the Standards you’re working towards into accessible language for your students and share them with us in the comments section below.

2. Watch this video, Think Aloud: Unpacking the Standards.

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Sarah Brown Wessling is a high school English teacher in Johnston, Iowa. She is the 2010 National Teacher of the Year and is the Teacher Laureate for Teaching Channel. Connect with Sarah on Twitter – @SarahWessling.


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