What will you be teaching?
August 26, 2013 § Leave a comment
What will you be teaching? – Content Standard
As teachers, we don’t really choose what we are going to teach. This is mandated at the local, state, and national levels. In the state of Georgia, curriculum standards are called “Georgia Performance Standards” and they are written for every grade level K-12 and most subject areas.
You can view the Georgia Performance Standards, or GPS, by clicking on the link in the right navigation bar on this blog or go to: http://www.georgiastandards.org . Click on the Georgia Performance Standards tab and then select your subject and grade level. If you don’t see your subject area listed (subjects such as health, family and consumer science, character education, technology education, and a few others), you can click on the link right below the Georgia Performance Standards tab to view the QCC standards (Quality Core Curriculum) – the predecessor to the GPS (not all subjects have made the conversion yet). If you’re interested in Mathematics or English/Language Arts, you might refer to the Common Core Standards. Here are some possible standards to use if you are interested in speech therapy and special education.
It’s time to decide your focus for the rest of the semester. You’ve already decided on the grade. What/subject do you want to teach? View the GPS (or QCC) for that grade and subject. Send me an email if you’re having trouble choosing something or can’t find what you are looking for: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s not just content standards that need to be addressed while teaching. There are national educational technology standards (NETS) for K-12. In my opinion, these standards focus on good teaching and learning – not simply on technology use. Our class is divided into the three: 1, 2, and 4 in terms of projects. Also, we’ll talk about 3, 5 and 6 all semester:
- Creativity and Innovation
- Communication and Collaboration
- Research and Information Fluency
- Critical thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
- Digital Citizenship
- Technology Operations and Concepts
Now Apply: After watching this video, work with your table to figure out how these siftables can be used to address which subject and which standards.
- Content standard:
- NETS standard:
- Description of learning activity:
What does this mean for your classroom?
Take some time with classmates to review your ideas from the weekend about classroom layouts. Based on what you know about who and what you are teaching and the role technology will play in your classroom, what adjustments need to be made to your layout?
After creating your classroom layout in Floorplanner, email the image to you and then insert the image onto your “Learning Environment” webpage. Then, respond to the following directly on your “Learning Environment” webpage:
Keeping an audience in mind (parents and/or students), give a narrative for your classroom layout – why you chose the design, what are the highlights of the room, how it reflects the needs of the learners and of the curriculum. What is the role of technology in your classroom? Give a sense of what it would be like to spend time in your classroom. Describe to your students and yourself (their teacher). This should take 3-4 paragraphs to describe.
- Your learning environment is due this Wednesday at the beginning of class.
- We will have a guest speaker to talk about Social Media Identity.