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Rock 2 the Core is a great way to have fun in the classroom while aligning to the Common Core State Standards. Sign up for free to get access to all our songs, videos, lyrics and worksheets!
There are lots of reasons! Rock 2 the Core engages learners in kinesthetic, auditory, and visual modalities. Using music in the classroom can create a positive, energized and focused environment. Music has even been shown to help bridge language gaps for English Language Learners. Find out more!
There's no one way to rock, but we have some tips and tricks that will help you get K-5 students engaged in lessons. The worksheets that accompany each Rock 2 the Core song allow students to apply what they learn in the songs, and using dance moves to accompany songs is a great way to get your students active and energized in a positive way. Learn more!
Who is Rock 2 the Core anyway? Learn a little bit about the folks behind these sweet jams.
- Animated Videos Coming Soon!
- So, we've put up over 30 songs, we've got more in the works, time for some videos! If any of our fans has noticed our cartoon characters, those are called Peebles, and Max drew them. We've got no idea how to animate, however, so we found a great team that is producing our first video. The video will be for Acute, Obtuse, and Right... stay tuned to see it on our site soon!
- 2014-07-16 23:32:50
- PEAK Inclusive Educational Conference blew our minds!
This month we were lucky enough to attend PEAK Parent's Conference on Inclusive Education right here in our backyard of Denver. Personally, I was amazed at every aspect of the conference and moved my its message. We must do our best as educators to include all students and all types of learners in our classrooms! When students with Down syndrome or autistism as an attribute are nurtured and engaged we all do better. That goes for the classroom, and every other room in the world.
I learned a lot about engagement strategies at the two day conference, and about inclusive common core resources, but I must admit I learned more about people and families directly engaged in the Down syndrome and autistm communities. The fact that I can refer to these as specific communities illustrates exactly the problem we must solve. We are all one community. We must act like it.
Perhaps the most moving and inspiring event at the conference was a keynote by the stars of Wretches and Jabberers, Larry Bisonnette and Tracy Thresher, accompanied by their communication assistants Pascal Cheng and Harvey Lavoy. Larry and Tracy both have significant autism and are nearly non-verbal. However, they have worked with their assistants and via iPads can type and speak with sharp wit, profound impact, and above all humor. They had the room teetering between laughter and tears of joy and pride. Larry had a slide prepared with a powerful quote: "Just because I can't speak doesn't mean I have nothing to say." I can't do this presentation justice in writing about it. Please check out the link to the movie they filmed above!
Ricki Sabia had a fantastic working session about accounting for Common Core in inclusive classroms, and the importance of planning ahead for universal design in reaching all kids. She works with the NCSC to advocate for learners with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Click on the link to see resources the've put together for aligning inclusive education to the Common Core.
One thing that Theo has been noticing in her classrooms is how much her kids with the biggest learning challenges respond to our music. Whether it's kids with ADHD or english language learners, music seems to reach a part of all of us that bypasses our hang ups and disabilities. At the end of the conference I really felt that we're all on a spectrum of some kind or another. We all have our learning challenges, and if we are truly compassionate and conscientious we can face those challenges together. I left feeling more confident than ever that we can make a real difference in people's lives, and infinitely more determined to make it happen.
- 2014-03-01 02:04:31
- Rock 2 the Core is ready to rock!!!
- We've posted our first six songs, and we're ready to rock!!! Only a month after the Common Core State Standards went live across the country Rock 2 the Core is ready for teachers to start using our resources in their classrooms, and start rocking. We can't wait to start making our site visible and sharing with the educational community all around the country!
- 2013-10-02 22:12:21
- A strong case for common core in an interconnected country
- This personal perspective on how the Common Core State Standards helps teachers and students who move from state to state is very close to my heart. Theo and I moved quite a bit when we were growing up, and the different standards in different states often meant I was jumping into a new school a year ahead or a year behind. Take a minute to read this wordpress entry by katyjane at wordpress! http://katyjane.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/common-core-standards-why-this-matters-to-me/
- 2013-08-08 12:32:12