Common Core Video Series: Common Core in ELA/ Literacy, Shift 3 Staircase of Complexity


This is a 15 minute video which features a discussion between NYS Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr., David Coleman (contributing author to the Common Core) and Kate Gerson (a Sr. Fellow with the Regents Research Fund) addressing Shift 3 –Staircase of Complexity. By unpacking Shift 3, the discussion addresses the benefits and challenges in shifting to a practice where all students are asked to encounter grade-level complex texts. After watching this video, educators might ask themselves: What is Shift 3? What will this mean we have to change about our practice? What challenges will we face as we make this shift? What is one complex text, possibly chosen from Appendix B of the Common Core around which we can build a unit this semester? What will we do less of in order to make room for the time it will take to read this text closely? Which portions of the text should we focus on? Which portions should we ask students to re-read multiple times? What role can independent reading play in this unit for students who struggle to access the central text on their own? What other supports will we need to provide for these students? When was the last time I was challenged by a text? What did I do to handle/ manage/ work within that frustration? A worksheet to accompany this video is available in both Word and PDF below.

This is just one way of conducting professional development around this video. We encourage you to use this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences. Please contribute to the discussion by telling us how YOU have used these videos! Which discussion questions did you find sparked the most collaboration amongst educators? What professional learning experiences did you design around the viewing? We want to hear from you so that educators across the state can benefit from your experience!