Since I'm still in the planning stage this post will be more informational then tips on how to implement in the classroom. As the year progresses and I'm able to implement this plan I will be sharing several sets of series that will provide more insight and practical tips of implementation not only in the intervention room but in the regular classroom as well.
I've noticed more people blogging about year long plans then I have in the past. Maybe it's because I'm studying it right now or maybe it's the new trend, I'm not really sure but I'm really pleased with the insight this method has given me. I'm not going to map the whole year as I adjust to student need before I turn to the curriculum to guide my plans. So I've decided to map out a semester at a time. Using our curriculum this is what the first semester (minus Dec.) consists of for grades 3-6.
|Semester at a Glance|
|One Month up Close|
This type of mapping is new for me since I've spent the past ten years attending to and studying best practices for students who need interventions. Which tends to focus on each skill in particular. Where this gives a more comprehensive picture of curricular goals.
Next I'm using what I've learned from my summer book study, to create mini-units that support a culture of inquiry in my classroom. I've been studying Wiggins and Mctighe's Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding & Understanding by Design. In doing so, I've pieced together this handy guide that will help me stay focused on the task at hand even if I need to adjust instruction to meet individual needs.
I'm currently working on making a planning guide for each ELA skill in grades 3-6 for the first semester. If you would like to learn more about how I'm creating these mini-units you can hop over here to learn more.
This is only the first step in my transformation. If you're interested in getting more information on this transformation be sure and follow my blog. I hope you're as excited as I am about the new school year, for many it's just right around the corner!
Until next time,