Where Can You Find Model Common Core Lesson Videos?
Today I was at a professional meeting in which we were working on building a pacing guide for the 3rd-5th common core standards. The presenter for our meeting showed us this fabulous website which has cutting edge materials pertinent to the common core standards. There are a few sample tasks for each grade level with rubrics. Not only are there tasks, but there are videos of teachers, coaches, and principals discussing student thinking before and after a video taped lesson as well as teachers teaching lessons. If you just want to view a part of the video sessions, they are broken up into parts: before the lesson, the different sections of the lesson, and the debriefing after the lesson. I really enjoyed hearing the teachers discuss why and how they were planning because I had a sense of the fact that I am not alone in the problems I am having with children’s mathematical thinking. These problems are found across our country–the one aspect about the second grade video that grabbed my attention is that this second grade teacher was discussing how her students see a word problem and want to immediately add the two numbers within the problem even though the problem may not be an addition problem. All in all this website is a fabulous find especially if you are responsible for doing any professional learning meetings at your school–or even if you just want to learn yourself. (FYI: As of the time of this post, there are a lot more upper grade videos than elementary, but the site is worth a visit no matter what grade you teach.)