Thursday, August 8, 2013

Powerpoints from Summer Speeches on CCSS

This has been a very busy summer with lots of projects, research analysis, article writing, and, of course, many presentations around the country. These talks have focused on the shifts or changes required by Common Core, the foundational skills preserved by CCSS in the primary grades, disciplinary literacy, challenging text, and close reading. The Powerpoints from those presentations are all now available at this site.


Karen MItcham said...

In the "College and Career Readiness: Disciplinary Literacy" Ppt, will you explain the context of slide 9? Is there a recording of your presentation of these slides?

Tim Shanahan said...

No, there is no recording that goes with this. That slide shows how different the disciplines are in a general way (the slide after gives a more specific example). In science, textbooks are viewed as an essential aspect of instruction because it is necessary to provide an authoritative explanation of the current scientifically-determined view of the world. Scientists may not care for the quality of some textbooks, but they believe that such instruments are necessary (see Thomas Kuhn's chapter on the role of science textbooks in science his Scientific Revolutions). Historians on the other, though not anti-textbook per se, don't believe that history can be taught with a single text. Thus, even when a textbook is used, there should be alternative accounts, primary, and secondary documents, etc. And, in literature, it doesn't matter whether the poem is in its original edition or is printed as part of an anthology. The poem remains the poem.