A school district’s curriculum is more than just a list of skills and concepts students are expected to master at the given level. The curriculum represents the district’s core values, as teams of teachers determine what elements to include in the curriculum and to what degree of emphasis. As a district, we are continually refining our practices in the classroom to provide quality instruction that results in increased student learning as measured by aligned assessments.
Teachers across the district are currently in the second year of a three year curriculum writing process. Curriculum writing is a process that is completed with teachers... not to teachers. It is for this reason that many teachers across the district have received release time to work on curriculum writing. Teachers are the ones in the classrooms daily working with our students. They are the ones to best determine the sequencing, pacing, and priority of skills in the curriculum.
To assist with our curriculum work, last year we established a District Instructional Team comprised of teachers and administrators, with representation across a variety of disciplines and grade levels. Team members are the instructional leaders for the district. They lead out the curriculum writing process by prioritizing standards and determining the framework for the curriculum. Additionally, the team addresses a variety of instructional topics including vertical and course alignment, adding and deleting courses and data analysis.
PARCC - What Can I Do as a Teacher?
Here are five things teachers can do TODAY to help prepare kids for the PARCC exam. (These came from an institute day in Livingston County and the Testing Coordinators for ROE 17):
1. Begin introducing "more than one right answer" to students when they take a multiple choice test.
2. Use the PARCC writing rubrics for writing assignments, when appropriate.
3. Explicitly talk to students about scrolling and technology tools when teaching at the front of the classrooms.
4. Begin integrating technology into everyday assignments (quizzes, tests, reading and writing to text)
5. Introduce multi-stepped instructions. Give two reading assignments and then a textbox to write an analysis. Give 2 step math instructions. Model this multiple times in front of the classroom so they get use to all those words on a page!
Here's one thing every teacher can do to help reduce their stress:
1. Take 30 minutes of a prep period to follow this Online Learning Module