Teaching the Core

A collection of classroom videos and associated lesson materials to implement the instructional shifts required by the Common Core State Standards.

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The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust funded the development of this collection of classroom videos and associated lesson materials to help K-12 educators implement the instructional shifts required by the Common Core State Standards. Each videotaped lesson includes descriptive annotations that identify lesson elements, and teacher and student actions and behaviors, that support Common Core learning.

These Teaching the Core lessons have been carefully reviewed and annotated by experienced educators and content experts using Student Achievement Partners’ Instructional Practice Guide, a tool that helps educators plan and review their Common Core-aligned lessons to make the necessary shifts in instruction.

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The Teaching the Core video lessons demonstrate standards-based instruction at different grade levels. After opening a free account, use the search feature to find videos by subject and/or grade level. Each video is accompanied by a teacher interview, lesson plan, instructional materials, and student work. The lessons are K-12, so some adjustments and contextualization would need to be made for adult learners. The higher grade levels will be most appropriate for adult educators.

Use the Teaching the Core videos for independent study or as part of a professional learning community or professional development program. 

The most useful feature of the actual videos is the timestamp feature, which allows viewers to go to certain sections of each video and watch for specific teacher and student moves. You may find the following ELA Teaching the Core videos very helpful: “Author’s Message with Multiple Texts” (10th grade) http://www.teachingthecore.org/view/51 and “Connotation & Exile” (9th grade) http://www.teachingthecore.org/view/20

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