Friday, April 19, 2013

COME along with me!

Posted by: Mona Ruecker (Instructional Consultant)

I have always wondered how teachers plan and prepare for all their students everyday.  How do they know what to teach?  What can the teacher do to ensure that students and parents, know what the expected goals are?  Why do some students do their work differently from others?  How are all of the students needs met?
Wow!!!  I am excited to meet with the grade 3-6 teachers and teacher-librarian:  Connie Murray, Joyce Toth, Carol Irvine and Betty O'Byrne.  They will take me on their journey of "long range planning",  with their consultant Mona Ruecker.    Just take a look at the visual and the too will be inspired!

Long Range Planning includes seven major components (from the teachers):

  1. Outcomes:  The grade level goals for our students, in each of our subject areas, see Saskatchewan Education website. 
  2. Indicators: Provide us with various options on how to meet each of the outcomes. 
  3. I can Statements: Our indicators are put into student friendly language, beginning with "I  can".  The teacher will post the "I can" statements, in the classroom, when the outcome is being taught.
  4. Structures: Students will have the opportunity to learn in structures that provide them with; whole group, small groups and individual instruction ie.  Writing Workshop, Reading Workshop, Daily 5/Cafe, Explore Plus 
  5. Assessments: A formative and/or summative strategy can be found, in Damian Cooper's work.   Each outcome could include an assessment that includes:  Mode, Strategy and Tool.   The mode identifies how the student will perform the assessment (write, speak or do).  Strategy indicates the task (debate, write paragraph, interview).  Tool is the instrument that will be used to record (rubric, checklist, scoring guide, self assessment.)
  6. Resources: A list of print and e resources that may be  used to teach each of the outcomes.
  7. Know/Don't Know: Data provides us with information, that will help us better prepare for the students, we are teaching.  Identifying students that are ready for the outcome and those that may need adaptations/extensions, sets the students up for success.

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