"Honigsfeld and Dove's latest book recognizes the challenges that teachers of diverse secondary students face in implementing the CCSS. It offers timely, practical, research-based strategies for teachers of our often misunderstood student population to use so that all students are positioned to achieve under the new framework of the CCSS. Honigsfeld and Dove present a multifaceted vision for implementing the CCSS that draws upon the power of collaboration while recognizing the strengths and challenges diverse learners present in today's changing schools.
"Educators can turn to this book for theoretically sound and eminently practical information about approaches and strategies to support English Learners' complex language use, critical thinking, and deep engagement with the Common Core."
"From the first quote in chapter 1 to the final word, this book struck a chord. A veritable treasure trove of useful classroom practices and scaffolding techniques are identified and carefully explained by the authors, including solutions to help academically and linguistically diverse pupils meet the Common Core State Standards, as well as collaborative practices that help to create inclusive schools where educators share responsibilities to prepare students for college and careers. Student diversity creates challenges for teachers implementing the Common Core.
"Academic language is at the heart of effective content instruction for all children, and this book connects it to Common Core and other standards for easy classroom use. In Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades 6-12, Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria Dove supply educators with a valuable tool that helps school personnel meet academic language and content learner needs in all student populations in middle and secondary schools.
"Honigsfeld and Dove artfully interweave a myriad of strategies derived from and related to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. For example, the features of academic language expressed at the word/ phrase, syntax, and text/discourse levels are skillfully matched to ways to enact the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards.
"While the Common Core calls for greater text complexity, more advanced academic language, higher-level comprehension skills, and increased independence, the reality is that many of our students will struggle to meet these goals. Despite all the rhetoric, teachers will continue to face the challenge of helping ELLs, students with disabilities, and other learners who just need a different approach to the same outcome. Luckily for us, Honigsfeld and Dove combine their extensive experience and expertise to provide thoughtful ideas and solutions to having not-so-common learners in each an
"Uncommon learners are more common in classrooms than you think. These uncommon learners have the right to a high quality education, based on the Common Core State Standards, that ensures that they achieve success. Anything short of that compromises access to college and meaningful careers. Thankfully, Honigsfeld and Dove show us the way. They pave a path to high expectations that actually shows us how to get there. Filled with examples and ideas, this book will contribute in significant ways the success that all learners have for decades to come."
"Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner offers teachers what few other books do: A coherent look at the Common Core State Standards through the lens of English language and other uncommon learners. Each chapter is logically organized with many instructional routines or approaches explained and described.
"For years, teachers who teach in grades 6-12 have had little to choose from in terms of ESL professional development, and little to nothing with regard to CCSS. This publication represents a significant advancement in the field on both counts. By combining research-based theory to specific classroom activities, the authors give their readers a comprehensive picture of the topic at hand with significant, usable strategies. This combination allows teachers to use their own professional judgment in adapting strategies to their own classroom needs—there is no one-size-fits-all strategy.
"This is a must have resource for every teacher. Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria Dove have 'connected the dots' between the Common Core State Standards and the tools to address the needs of diverse students in actual classrooms. This brilliantly straightforward framework is exactly what teachers have been pleading for. Building blocks and rigorous models are provided with clarity, thereby empowering teachers to build/adapt their own individual lessons. Teachers are provided with both exemplars and checklists so they can be creative while knowing they are securely on the correct path. I
"This amazingly thorough text is one you will return to many times to get just one more idea. Addressing the challenges of designing instruction that is sensitive to the Common Core State Standards, the authors offer thought-provoking, engaging examples that illustrate how to motivate even the most reluctant learner. Every educator or administrator who is trying to understand how to accommodate the needs of diverse learners in grades 6-12 will find this text an essential resource that supports accomplishing well articulated teaching points."
"Honigsfeld and Dove provide educators with research, insights, tools, and models for helping diverse students meet and exceed Common Core anchor literacy standards across disciplines. This book is a powerful guide for deepening classroom teaching practices and engaging in professional conversations that foster the enduring learning of content, language, and literacy."
"With this book the authors provide just the kind of resource that secondary teachers are yearning for as they navigate implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The emphasis on 'not-so-common' learners validates the unique needs these students bring to our schools and provides teachers with tools for assisting all students in becoming college and career ready. The specific ideas and strategies presented are invaluable!"
"Any reader will gain a clear picture of how the standards are designed and how the expectations progress across the grade levels from this accessible but comprehensive guide. The anchor standards in each domain are explained and paired with engaging, realistic classroom strategies shared by educators from across the country. Collaboration is a main theme in this positive, practical, and energizing text that will give educators the confidence to approach the Common Core Standards while meeting the needs of our diverse learners in the classroom."
"The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by many of the nation's states and it’s likely that more will join. Honigsfeld and Dove provide us with a clear road map for how to make the Standards come alive in our classrooms and schools. They also provide us with an important means to individually and collaboratively understand what is working and what needs improvement (a must in our work!). Their latest book should be a core text and must-read for all of us."