Author: The Lazy Teacher

Reading Standards: Key Ideas and Details

Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences and relevant connections from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. NJSLSA.R1. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas. NJSLSA.R2. Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text NJSLSA.R3. For all intents and purposes, the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and what is already established by the Common Core are one and the same, as...

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Unpacking the Standards

Why Care About Standards? New Jersey has gone through a host of academic standards over the years, from the 1996 Core Curriculum Content Standards to the 2010 Common Core State Standards to the currently adopted NJ Student Learning Standards. As teachers, it can be easy to be dismissive of these changes. Why bother investing in learning about them when they change every so often? But every profession advances. We would not want our doctors performing sloppy, invasive surgeries when laparoscopic techniques surpass them in efficacy and recovery. Likewise, educators should not fall behind the movement to increase rigor and...

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