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It’s harder to be a poor student in the U.S. than in Russia

I don’t want to go Al Gore on this or anything, but I feel that it should just be addressed how appropriately this election was conducted. We’re talkin’ by the book. Okay, so it was Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, but hey, that’s still a book. Source:

Reading Unit of Study: With Mysteries Literature

Common Core Mystery Unit of Study by Trina Dralus at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-Mystery-Unit-of-Study ($)

Teacher: What it feels like to be evaluated on test scores of students I don’t have

"Teacher: What it feels like to be evaluated on test scores of students I don’t have" Washington Post: 3/15/14.

Test scores do not define who a teacher is! Motivating a child to learn is what defines a good teacher!

Deadly Bacteria Outbreak Creative Writing Assignment

Interesting Common Core aligned writing assignment...hmmmmmm.. Flesh eating bacteria consumes a girl's hand. A cholera outbreak kills thirty people in a rural town. Bacteria are powerful (and helpful) microbes that live everywhere. In this assignment your students will research a deadly bacteria and write a fake newspaper article about an outbreak of the disease. Students will love to learn about the world's most deadly bacteria and take on the role of a scientific reporter.

Common Core Grade 5: Integrate Texts RI.5.9 Practice

COMMON CORE (Grade 5) RI.9 INTEGRATE TEXTS (PASSAGES FOR PRACTICE). This standard asks students to use information from two or more different texts to answer questions and speak about a topic. This document contains four different passages with multiple texts for practice. Questions are asked in a variety of new formats and traditional formats reflecting the Common Core Standards' changes to school assessments. Use during reading, for progress monitoring, or as Common Core homework. $4.50

America Hates Its Gifted Kids

Newsweek says "American Hates its Gifted Kids" - Teachers ignored gifted children, teaching a one-size-fits-all curriculum that catered to the lowest common denominator. Story here: