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Where to start?

Aug 5, 2013 10:49pm

I am looking for suggestions as to how to plan a curriculum for the whole year? How do you begin? What tips have you found to be effective? Thank you for your help.

  • English Language Arts
  • 9-12
  • Assessment / Common Core / Engagement / New Teachers / Planning


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    • Aug 7, 2013 7:54pm


      I always start with the standards. At the beginning of the year, I examine the Common Core standards and set up a schedule so I can spiral through all of the standards throughout the year. Once I know which standards I want to teach, I can begin to design curriculum that allows students to show proficiency with each standard. I use Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to plan my lessons and I also share my standards with students at the beginning and end of each week to insure that my curriculum actually helped them to meet the intended standard. Although I have a loose outline for the year, I plan very specifically a month in advance.

      Katie Novak