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Something New Under The Sun
Posted: Oct 17, 2013 8:27 AM
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I learned a new phrase today, and I just had to share.

In following the debate on Common Core, I was led to the site of the "NCEBC", the National Council on Educating Black Children,

The NCEBC has a web radio program,

in which I heard the phrase, "Evidence-based responses". There are variations to this: "evidence-based answers" and "text-based responses" are two.

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Of course, teachers must craft "evidence-based questions",
The Standards steer us away from questions and prompts that require only a cursory read or have more to do with prior knowledge and personal experience than they do with the text.
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So, one of the aims of the Common Core is to develop a curriculum of evidence-based questions and answers in which

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Evidence-based responses support claims with evidence
from a variety of sources including texts ? print and
digital ? listening, viewing and observing. Providing
sufficient relevant detail is an important consideration
when aligning to the Common Core State Standards for
English Language Arts/Literacy (CCSS for ELA/Literacy).
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I am afraid I may be revealing something of myself, but until this moment it had never occurred to me there was anything else.

I guess this sounds like a positive development, and I suppose we should all be happy. I cannot help wondering, though, what were they doing before? And does that explain much of the agony in colleges, especially the two-year colleges?

Sadly, the picture is not that clear. Eric Cooper, president of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (A Teachers College front group), writes favorably of a teacher who complains bitterly about the Common Core,

'A Teacher's Cry for Help'

(I don't understand the scare quotes on the title.)

This teacher wants to bring

>the Periodic Table of Elements to life for her students
>with skits and impromptu rap sessions...
>I asked students to develop 'spoken word rap'
>presentations on assigned elements to include in an
>interactive periodic table for our studies. Each student
>was assigned an element and asked to research and
>produce a 3-dimensional box to add to the table. Here is
>what my students came up with: 'Yo, oxygen is needed for
>living and even slumber, 8 is always my atomic number.'

Does anybody in this forum have some experience with spoken word rap presentations in, say, algebra? Of course, there are variations,


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