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ERIC Number: EJ991809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
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The Power of Collaboration: Connecting the Classroom to the Real World
Tagliaferro, Heather
Language and Literacy Spectrum, v22 p49-51 2012
"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." Change can be scary. Quite often people find themselves venturing down an unknown path, unsure of what twists and turns will come their way. This uncertainty brings about questions, anxiety, and for some, a sense of panic. Similar emotions emerged as educators learned of the new Common Core Standards and the push for "College and Career Readiness." This shift has catapulted educators on a journey to reevaluate their curriculum, approach lessons in innovative ways, and engage in new conversations with colleagues. As these new tasks are set before them, many are taken on a rollercoaster of emotions experiencing hesitation to begin a new endeavor. What many often forget are the beautiful and exciting lessons that journeys and the change that surfaces can teach them. The author's journey this year began with a conversation, and what flourished was an inspiring experience that taught her to never be afraid to join the dance. In this article, the author describes the United States Constitution research project that immersed students not only in research, but vocabulary and vital life lessons. This immersion not only allowed the author and her Social Studies colleague to strengthen the skills required by the Common Core Standards, but to help build the bridge to real world texts. Engaging in conversations with colleagues and being open to interdisciplinary activities or projects will open endless doors for students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution