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Delicious.com makes staying connected — a treat!

All puns aside, this site is seriously a treasure chest of online gold for teachers!  Are you in the know about delicious.com?

Delicious is an online bookmarking site that allows you to post and find a plethora of websites based on tags or searches. It is like a revved up, personal google that allows you to keep track of all of your favorite websites and have them on hand, regardless if you are on your home computer or not.

Subbing one day and like a site the teacher is using? Go to a conference & learn about a new online resource? Instead of keeping post-it notes and scattered handouts — use delicious as a warehouse for all of those great websites!

What is even better about Delicious is that you can create a list of favorites for your students! Instead of sending home a bulky url, [you know the 54 character ones that include numbers, dashes, slashes, and periods] give a simple link: www.delicious.com/miss.miller

WOW! In seconds your students can access ALL of your favorites websites!

Teaching a lesson on multiplication? Need practice websites for the kiddos to access? Consider it done with delicious.

Each site is tagged & given a brief description. Students can quickly find those sites by searching for the topic or clicking on the tag of “math” “multiplication” or “games.”

Think it couldn’t get better? It does!

To the right of every website title, you see a number in a box. With one click, you can see all of the other members who have posted this site. By clicking on to their homepage, you can stumble upon other great websites to add to your bookmarks for future use!

Looking for a fun lesson idea? Need an online game to help with spelling? Search & you will find!

Getting set up with delicious is very simple, requiring only a yahoo account. Go to the homepage, delicious.com & click the green, join now, button & you’re set to go!

 happy bookmarking!

miss miller

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FYI: Common Core State Standards

Keeping in line with my plugged-in  theme, I thought I would fill you in on a up-and-coming nationwide initiative: Common Core State Standards. Pennsylvania is just one of the dozens of states to adopt these standards for English-Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Set to be phased in during the current school year & then go into effect in 2013, PDE assures that these standards will not lag behind our current standards in Pennsylvania (which are among one of the nation’s strongest).

To get a better understanding of what Common Core State Standards are all about, I visited their website, finding info on the standards themselves, the states that have already adopted them, and plenty of news stating support & favor. The mission statement clearly summed up the goal & reason for the implementation:

      Mission Statement 

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

Carrying the tagline, Preparing America’s Students for College & Career, one can’t help but think of the benefits of having a unified system that holds all students, regardless of background, location, etc., to the same set of educational standards.  My hope is that this system will benefit students, teachers, and parents alike to foster the success in all students.

      Why is this important?

  • Make expectations for students clear to parents, teachers, and the general public;
  • Encourage the development of textbooks, digital media, and other teaching materials aligned to the standards;
  • Develop and implement comprehensive assessment systems to measure student performance against the common core state standards that will replace the existing testing systems that too often are inconsistent, burdensome and confusing; and
  • Evaluate policy changes needed to help students and educators meet the standards.
  • “The standards clearly communicate what is expected of students at each grade level. This will allow our teachers to be better equipped to know exactly what they need to help students learn and establish individualized benchmarks for them. The Common Core State Standards focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures starting in the early grades, thus enabling teachers to take the time needed to teach core concepts and procedures well—and to give students the opportunity to master them.” [Common Core State Standards]

    It is always important to stay informed. So keep your eyes open for the latest updates on CCSS & I encourage you to read more to find out for yourself!

    miss miller

    To learn more about the standards themselves or Pennsylvania’s implementation of the CCSS, visit PDE.

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