Monday, September 19, 2011

Step 2 - Common Core Curriculum Standards in the Classroom

Step 2 of implementing Common Core Curriculum Learning Standards into the school culture is to have subject area meetings. In the subject area meetings, teachers had a chance to look and develop a mechanism that could be rolled out to all of the students. The first step was using the time designations that are currently used in high schools: marking periods. There are state assessments which occur in January and June of each year. There are 6 marking periods. There are 6 weeks in each marking period. There are finals given at the end of each marking period. The essential question: How do you get the students in your class to perform for the final for the marking period.

At first the cabinet and the teachers looked at the unit bundles. That provided very intensive discussions about how positively overwhelming the unit bundles were. It almost seemed like a torrential downpour of words. In the subject meetings the departments deconstructed the central elements of the sections within a unit. Using the Vygosky model, the assistant principals modeled how they would create a unit.

Click here to see a unit developed by Ms. Noreen Mullen, Assistant Principal ELA / ELL / FL / Science for Junior English AVID class.

Click here to see a daily lesson plan by Ms. Noreen Mullen, Assistant Principal from the unit for the Junior English AVID class.

Click here to see a unit developed by Mr. James Barbieri, Assistant Principal Social Studies / Career and Technical Education for History 1.

Once the teachers saw, heard, discussed and chewed on the elements of putting a unit together, they worked in teams of three to generate units.

As the teacher goes through a unit, they select the CCLS that align with the unit. They make sure the students get a copy of the updated unit contract. The students are required to sign off on it. The purpose is to reinforce the standards to be covered for the unit, the instructional objectives, the course requirements, and the school policies.

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