Mr. Peterson,I just came to the realization that the school year is almost here. I remember from somewhere that you guys start on the 29th-ish, but I'm guessing you might want me to start coming in before that. So I've got just a couple questions about that. 1. When should I start coming in?
2. What should I be doing (e.g. professional development) during the week before school starts?
3. What should I be doing now to prep for the semester?Thanks, and enjoy the rest of you summer!
Awesome letter to get from your fall student teacher. After some of the details here is what I wrote. What would you add?
As far as professional development goes take no more than 20 minutes a day (35 minutes if it is after lunch, more minutes either time if you are enjoying it) and read all posts (except
Here is another piece of the puzzle for curriculum tracking. I loved this blog about working in the open, and it has tons of valuable links in it to examples. If everyone involved in schools was open with their work like this then we would all be building our curriculum maps as part of the process of what we do.
I love this post and it reminded me to put in print some thoughts that have been floating around in my head. To me this post is what curriculum reporting and mapping must look like in 2011. It is an example on two levels. First, Jeff's post is reporting. He has gathered curricular data, commented on it and published it for any interested party to see. Second, and perhaps most important, the teacher by having class has produced both a map of her curriculum and a transparent ability to see what is happening. All this and the map and transparency were done by the students.
I have done a lot of work over the years in the name of curriculum. Some of it has remained unused by anyone. For years my map was a list of topics with chapters and investigations hand written on one sheet of paper. I feel like in 2011 our curriculum maps need to be open, transparent, available, flexible, and living. Most importantly they need to seem useful to all participants: students, teachers, administrators, parents, politicians and the public.
- What do I think I am adding to this piece of music?
- What is my unique contribution to this piece of music?
- Who informed my contribution and how do I compare to that?
- What are my artistic influences?
- How does this recording make me a more confident artist?
I would like the product of everything I teach in physics to have the same questions at the end. What is my contribution? Who informed my contribution? How was I influenced in the making of this contribution? How am I different today than before this project? I need to think when I design a physics lesson or unit, will the students be able to answer these kinds of questions when they are done with the unit.