Miss-Interpretations of The Common Core and Teaching Writing: Dumbing Down with Ridiculous Rules, Mortifying Myths and Loquacious Lies

I like what this teacher has to say about teaching writing and the Common Core Standards.

Conversation Education

I am just home after meeting with some very talented and knowledgeable 6th grade teachers.  Our goal, to discuss the Common Core standards and get a feel for where they were in planning for their upcoming insurgence.

Part of the discussion was that in writing a persuasive piece of writing that the use of “I” is forbidden.  I asked by whom it was forbidden and they both looked at me like, “everyone” knows this.  And in walks the infamous “They” that makes these rules.  Who is the “they” in this arena?  And while you can find that in certain places the use of “I” is frowned upon it is not in others.  What about the fact that some of the best persuasive pieces ever written have a very capital and strong sense of I!! 

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National Parent Technical Assistance Center

I found a bonanza site with free downloadable handouts for parents and teachers. It is the National PTAC. In addition to the handout on Functional Behavioral Assessments which included examples of behavioral intervention strategies I know work from my own practice, you can find handouts on the following:

Acronyms and Agencies (See Translations for Spanish and Hmong.)  ALL-48
Acronyms and the Law (See Translations for Hmong.)  ALL-49
Assistive Technology for Infants and Toddlers (See Translations for Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.)    ALL-7
Business Perspectives for Parent Centers   ALL-9
Creating Accessible Web Sites  ALL-34
Cyberbullying and Children with Disabilities ALL-69
Evaluation: What Does It Mean for Your Child? (See Translations for Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.)  ALL-11
Evidence-Based Practices at School: A Guide for Parents (See Translations for Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.)  ALL-68
Executive Transitions  ALL-44
Focused Monitoring  ALL-33
Functional Behavioral Assessment and Positive Interventions (See Translations for Somali.)  ALL-12
Helping Your Child with Mnemonics (See Translation for Hmong and Somali.)  ALL-41
HIPAA Basics  ALL-31
How Will I Know If My Child is Making Progress? (See Translations for Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.)  ALL-13 Audio
IEP Goals (See Translations for Hmong and Somali.)  ALL-56
Informed Parent Consent (See Translations for Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.)  ALL-40
Internal Controls for Accounting Areas  ALL-46
Just for Parents: Learning about Special Education Evaluation  ALL-60 Audio
Just for Parents: Your Child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)  ALL-61 Audio
Parent Tips for Transition Planning (See Translations for Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.)  ALL-14 Audio
Planning Your Child’s Individualized Education Program (See Translations for Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.)  ALL-8 Audio
Prior Written Notice (See Translations for Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.)  ALL-43
Promising Practices – Fluency: Helping Your Child Read and Understand (See Translations for Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.)  ALL-47
Related Services (See Translations for Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.)  ALL-52
School Accommodations and Modifications (See Translations for Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.)  ALL-15
Simple, Inexpensive Devices Can Assist in Communication (See Translations for Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.)  ALL-16
Special Education Evaluation and Re-evaluation (See Translations for Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.)  ALL-10
Strategic Planning  ALL-32
Students’ Perceptions of Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms (See Translations for Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.) ALL-42
Succession Planning in a Parent Center  ALL-36
Tips for Writing Grants  ALL-37
Transportation and Children Who Have Disabilities (See Translations for Hmong and Somali.)  ALL-55
Understanding the Special Education Process (See Translations for Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.)  ALL-17