Report: Teachers Want More Time, Resources To Prepare for Common Core

Excerpt from David Nigel of THE Journal:

While more teachers today feel confident about their ability to teach Common Core State Standards, more than three-quarters of them reported they need more time to find teaching materials and develop lesson plans, according to a new survey of more than 20,000 teachers from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Scholastic.

The report, Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change, conducted by Harrison Group in July 2013 among 20,157 teachers nationwide, is generally favorable toward Common Core standards and other Gates Foundation priorities, such as teacher evaluations.
The report found that, despite an increased sense of preparedness from teachers (with 75 percent of teachers feeling “increasingly prepared to teach the Common Core” compared with 59 percent in 2011), 76 percent of teachers said they “require additional planning time, with a similar number pointing to a need for quality CCSS-based professional development (71 percent). Two in three (67 percent) teachers need guidance and ideas for teaching in an inquiry-based way and about six in 10 need CCSS-aligned curricula (63 percent) and more information on the content of the CCSS-aligned assessments that are being developed (59 percent),” according to the report.

Fun Reading Activities for Snowy Days

Stuck in yet another snow storm with bored kids? Here are things you can do to keep them entertained and improve their reading!

  1. Check out books from your local library: A trip to the library in between a stock up at the grocery, is a great way for your kids to anticipate and prepare for a storm. Let them take a few books each, and don’t forget to get some snow adventures along for fun!
  2. Video games are always a popular choice. See if you can find a new game or app for learning or spelling, which they will usually try just for the sake of newness!
  3. Create your own snow story! Ask your child to narrate a snow adventure, and let them support their story with drawings.
  4. Play with voice to text software. Load your voice search and get your kids to read a line or phrase from their book. Believe me, this is serious fun for kids. Reading out and sometimes getting absolute gibberish is hilarious… then watch your children’s enunciation skills improve!
  5. Alphabet treasure hunt: Great for younger kids, all they have to do is look around the house (or just their toys) and put together items that start with A…, B…, etc. This game could last a long, long time!

February 5th is Digital Learning Day!

The growing use of digital media in education is a subject where the conversation often goes back and forth like a swing on a playground.

On one hand we have those who wholeheartedly embrace technology for themselves but hesitate when it comes to “exposing children to too much technology”. On the other hand there are those who have barely touched upon on the value technology can bring to their lives, and often lean on their children for assistance and advice. In between are those who talk about affordability, practicality, and the digital divide.

All of these debates aside, most are in agreement that digital tools are here to stay. And for that reason, we love it when events like Digital Learning Day come around to give us an excuse to talk more about technology in education.

What is Digital Learning Day?

Digital Learning Day is a nationwide celebration of innovative teachers and common-sense, effective applications of digital learning in America’s schools that support teachers, improve learning, and provide options for students to achieve at their highest potential.

SNAP Guided Reading Program and its Proven Effectiveness

SNAP Learning is dedicated to providing educators with quality digital reading material aligned to the Common Core.  The Guided Reading program was designed using a team of reading specialists and practitioners to develop scripted lesson plans that could be used within a seven-to-ten week reading intervention.

The SNAP program includes high quality components that the National Resource Council deemed effective, including reading of continuous text, writing included in every lesson, materials selected based on students’ needs, and ongoing progress monitoring.

Click here to download our Demonstrated Record of Effectiveness which showcases that each component of our lesson sequence will increase students’ reading achievement.

Go Digital! Get 25% off Snap’s Guided Reading Program!

In support of Digital Learning Day we are offering a 25% discount on our guided reading program for one day only: February 5th, 2014.

To learn more about the Guided Reading Program, click here.