One thing's for sure this school year: Many of you (not countin' Texas and some others) are on the hook for implementing the Common Core State Standards and accompanying assessments with unprecedented fidelity.
No matter what your stance is on these standards, Common Sense knows you need practical tools and ideas to help you meet them creatively. Push boundaries with the Common Core? Depending on your educational, philosophical, or political stance, this statement might seem reasonable, exciting, or possibly naïve.
We challenged our Certified Educators -- essentially our vetted power users -- to create cutting-edge Field Notes (teacher reviews) and App Flows (tech-rich lesson plans) for 20 websites that are intentionally designed to meet Common Core State standards and are also highly rated. These Top Picks for Back to School are solid products in and of themselves, but they're also good for meeting these standards.
Here are some exemplar Field Notes and App Flows from the talented Certified group. Many of these products were recently mentioned in a blog post by Bill Gates! (Please note that while Common Sense Education is supported by Bill Gates' bgc3, we operate with a clear editorial boundary between us.) They exemplify some of the best of the 4Cs: critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.
Robust, responsive reading tool measures meaningful literacy outcomes
Great adaptive learning comes with live teacher support, unique rewards
Toughest palates can't resist appetizing look at real-world math
Critical reading program buoyed by high-interest texts, clear structure
Tailor kids' targets with pricey but worth-it kit of tools, strategies
Elegant reading tool promotes comprehension with embedded assessments
Spark deep curiosity with PBL courses that connect life and learning
An ELA teacher's one-stop shop for reading comprehension resources