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Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening are Grounded in Evidence from the Text

NCTE resources explore how student-centered teaching remains crucial to every classroom and many provide examples of upholding NCTE principles of effective teaching in a time of Core Standards.


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Sarah Brown Wesslingβ€œIt is our hope that these teaching and learning vignettes and the corresponding materials will serve as a reflection of the language of learning that already fills your classrooms... Step into these classrooms, reflect on them, and use their successes and challenges to further your own thinking about what bridges you can build between the CCSS and your own instruction.”

β€”Sarah Brown Wessling, 2010 National Teacher of the Year and author of Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: English Language Arts, Grades 9-12

View videos featuring educators sharing their insights on how to frame instruction, keep teachers as decision-makers, and put students at the center of learning while planning for the Core.

Gain insights by reading these teaching vignettes:

  • Learn more about text complexity and using texts to scaffold instruction in this high school classroom (vignette, chart).
  • Visit a middle school classroom where students make authentic connections with the outside world through a Social Justice Photo Journal project (vignette, chart).
  • Teach and assess for deeper understanding of theme in this elementary classroom (vignette, chart).
  • Engage students in one-to-one conferences as well as whole-class discussions in preschool and elementary classrooms. (vignette, chart).

All vignettes are taken from the NCTE Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards book series.


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