Week 2 – Discussion
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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Common Core State Standards
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) establish clear expectations for student learning and are the standards for a set of learning for all students in the United States regardless of geographic location. This discussion is focused on CCSS (Links to an external site.) and the role these standards take in the school setting.
There are two parts to this discussion as explained below.
- Part One: First, in one paragraph, summarize your understanding of the foundation of the CCSS for Math and English Arts. Next, adopting the perspective of a teacher leader, in at least two paragraphs, evaluate how CCSS (Math and English Language Arts) can be used to influence the use of technology- enhanced differentiated instructional strategies to support the needs of all learners. Finally, in one paragraph, justify why it is important to have purposeful planning of differentiated instructional strategies to promote student learning and provide at least one specific example to support your justification.
- Part Two: Include a link to your Folio in your initial post along with a one-paragraph reflection about your experience with the redesign for the Week One Assignment in terms of challenges you encountered and how you overcame those challenges. Be sure to include any difficulties you experienced in revising to meet the components of 21st century student outcomes and 21st century support systems.
Guided Response: Respond to at least two peers. In your responses, include a question about your peer’s technology-enhanced instructional strategies and offer an additional resource that supports an alternative viewpoint. Additionally, discuss your peer’s point of view and whether it is in direct correlation or contrast to yours about the CCSS. Finally, address your peer’s discussion of the challenges he or she faced in the redesign for the Week One Assignment offering supportive ideas for how your peer could overcome these challenges for future redesigns in this course. Though two replies is the basic expectation, for deeper engagement and learning, you are encouraged to provide responses to any comments or questions others have given to you, including the instructor. Responding to the replies given to you will further the conversation and provide additional opportunities for you to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic.