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13 August 2013 @ 12:17 pm
What do YOU mean?  
I am somewhat of an expert on packing and unpacking given that I travel a great deal. I have a system. It works most of the time. If I forget something along the way, I can generally pick up a spare. I have spent a lot of time the last few weeks packing for and unpacking from the trip to Sweden. When I arrived at the office this morning after a 2 week absence, I was greeted by stacks of envelopes and boxes containing books. I spent all morning unpacking. THIS is what I mean by unpacking:


But unpacking means something completely different from a CCSS standpoint:

"Descriptions of what each standard means a student will know, understand and be able to do. The “unpacking” of the standards done in this document is an effort to answer a simple question “What does this standard mean that a student must know and be able to do?” and to ensure the description is helpful, specific and comprehensive for educators."

For me, unpacking is a joy even when my life is being threatened by an ever-mounting stack of books that now need ever0shrinking shelf space. But in this CCSS era, unpacking means making what the standard demands clear. So, for example, we have Standard 10: Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently. One site "unpacked this standard as the following: "Students should encounter appropriately complex texts at each grade level in order to develop the mature language skills and the conceptual knowledge needed for success in school and life. Effective scaffolding should allow the reader to encounter the text with minimal clarifications. It should not replace the text by translating its contents for students.Students will be able to determine when they are not comprehending and making meaning, and they will be able to apply appropriate strategies in order to increase comprehension when encountering difficult text. “Standard 10 defines a grade-by-grade “staircase” of increasing text complexity that rises from beginning reading to the college and career readiness level. Whatever they are reading, students must also show a steadily growing ability to discern more from and make fuller use of text, including making an increasing number of connections among ideas and between texts, considering a wider range of textual evidence, and becoming more sensitive to inconsistencies, ambiguities, and poor reasoning in texts.” “Students also acquire the habit of reading independently and closely, which are essential to their future success.”

I am not sure but that the unpacking of standards creates more detritus (trash) than the unpacking of boxes, are you? What I see unpacking really being in CCSS parlance is taking a simple declarative sentence (standard 10) and adding clarifications that really obfuscate the simple declaration. No wonder we need all those PD sessions and books!
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Current Mood: puzzled
patty1943patty1943 on August 13th, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
It definitely leaves a big pile of trash that has an odor familiar to the owners of bovine males...
How do they get away with this gobbledygook?
Oh, yeah, big corporation...
Paige Ysteboepysteboe on August 13th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
Simply garbage
I've been in education for 24 years and reading mess like that just makes my head hurt. I just have to believe that eventually CCSS will go away.