Last week’s Part 1 post: Purposeful Instruction: Creating Conditions for Biggest Impact On Growing Readers
This week is Part 2: The Pieces and Parts: Thoughtful, Effective, and Efficient Planning
So how can teachers purposefully plan to help students make meaning, get the biggest “bang for their buck”, while working towards an approach that encompasses all mentioned above? Here are some tips to consider.
Start with the students, not the standards.
- Analyze student work and anecdotal notes from observations and conversations and decide what students need next and what part of the framework would scaffold their thinking the best to maximize student learning with the least amount of support.
- When we focus on the students first, we make more meaningful connections to the standards for the students — We will in fact personalize learning.