At the heart of our struggle to improve K12 education, traditional models collide with the limited time for teachers to execute, thus failing to produce the formative assessment (classroom evidence) data required to conduct frequent Plan-Teach-Revise teacher learning cycles. This happens every day. I understand this problem and I know solutions. My specialty is producing results at the most productive level of curriculum development. Beyond units and lesson plans, measurable results are achieved in the formative assessments and materials needed to teach the lesson. This level of planning makes teachers ready before entering the classroom, evidence of learning is generated during instruction, and student work is used by PLC’s to discuss revisions after instruction.
Distinctions between levels of planning are critical. In our standards-based system, we work in a logical sequence from standards and maps (Level 1) to units and lessons (Level 2), and finally to formative assessments and teaching materials (Level 3). The capacity to produce evidence of classroom results is determined in Level 3; however, this is where things usually go wrong due to a shortage of time for PD and planning. Level 3 is precisely where teachers achieve a confidence and readiness threshold for new teaching. Without quality, classroom-ready, formative assessments and teaching materials, lessons do not go well and Plan-Teach-Revise teacher learning cycles are impossible.
Common Core Resources: CLOSE READING PLANNING AND TIPS. The phasing in of close reading in non-ELA classrooms is taking on familar patterns. This document gives you valuable lessons learned from the classroom that you can use for planning successful close readings. Call and I'll gladly share what we've learned. Very doable!
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Based in Phoenix, AZ, Preston and his team provide training in lesson planning that implements "with evidence" quality teaching strategies and standards, including Common Core. Our collaborative teacher training is designed to demonstrate ways to respond rapidly when adapting and aligning curriculum to meet urgent needs.
The capacity to implement the Common Core is the same capacity required to adapt and improve lesson plans and teaching to meet a variety of needs. We plan lesson planning with a particular style and detail that prepares teachers, defines instruction, and measures evidence. Normally there is not enough time to do this, but we’ve refined planning for learning teams produce results in the “hours” available. Using a streamlined version of Understanding by Design, teachers focus on ready-to-teach classroom materials that represent and support the desired change.
We’ve used informational text structures for years as a prism through which we design new classroom-ready materials; we naturally support literacy while choosing better ways to teach. We translate the “what” to teach into materials of practice that define “how” to teach it. Both levels of curriclulum alignment are addressed. Teachers feel ready. Brief cycles of improvement become possible. Teachers, with a common purpose, language, and tools become learning teams.
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