Planning with the Standards in Mind

Language and Literacy has really put a focus on working through the Common Core Standards and breaking them down to truly have a better understanding of the expectations.  The efforts have led to a more focused approach on teaching the standards effectively and planning measurable academic student tasks.

Here’s what Taqwaa Mohamed, a Kindergarten teacher at Salina Elementary, had to say about participating in a coaching cycle driven by the CCSS last week:

“Focusing on writing content and language objectives has helped me plan more effectively and be mindful of using language that is tied in to the common core standards. Because I have a better understanding of the standards and writing objectives, I am using the academic language of the standards throughout my lessons and ensuring that my students are also having the same opportunity.

This week I had the opportunity to work closely with Dr. Amy Markos (Language and Literacy Consultant), our bilingual resource teacher, our literacy coach and Nadra to have a planning conversation.  I planned a lesson and then worked through it together with the team to make sure I met all components which include the “I do, we do, you do”.  I was asked all the right questions to push myself to think deep and truly reflect on what my goal was for the lesson and to ensure that my students had the best learning opportunity. I was also able to teach my lesson while the team observed and then debriefed about it. I honestly have to say that it was one of the best learning experiences I have ever had! It was an opportunity for me to grow as an educator and I finally feel like all the work that I have been doing is all coming together now!”

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