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Ashley Elementary School in Denver reinvents itself in Common Core era

May 24, 2015 by

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In Jessica Langford’s kindergarten classroom, all the children are “scholars,” correct answers are rewarded with cotton balls and reading a picture book about a girl’s trip to the ice cream store with her grandfather is a baby step to college.

Sitting intently at a pint-sized table shaped like a half-moon, the 10th-year teacher instructs a half-dozen boys and girls wearing Ashley Elementary School polo shirts to sound out the words, pull meaning from the pictures and, above all else, stay focused.

“You two are not entirely engaged in your book,” Langford says to a pair with wandering eyes. “So that is a check and a check.”

After two “checks,” Langford drops a clothespin bearing the student’s name down a notch on a rainbow-colored yardstick used to track inappropriate behavior, part of a school-wide management system.

Every interaction in Langford’s classroom provides a window into a monumental shift in the way teachers teach and students learn.

 

Source: Ashley Elementary School in Denver reinvents itself in Common Core era – The Denver Post

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