Curriculum News

December 2018

Happy holidays to all!

No matter the role you play in our district, please know that you are appreciated for the impact you have on our students' lives. I hope that you enjoy this well-deserved break and that you spend the holidays doing whatever it is that brings joy to your heart!


Shelly

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Learning to Speak the Language of Curriculum

As a teacher, I always made sure my students saw me as a learner, too, and I frequently communicated to them the importance of being a "lifelong learner".


This is my 23rd year in education, and I am finding that I still have a great deal to learn! One thing I discovered right away when I stepped into this new role as Curriculum Director was that curriculum terminology can be very confusing! In fact, many curriculum terms are commonly misunderstood and misused. Here are just a few:


Standards:
  • Set out what students are expected to know and be able to do at the end of each school year.
  • Are generally established at the state level.
  • Examples: TEKS, PK Guidelines, College & Career Readiness Standards


vs. Curriculum:

  • Provides the "road map"
  • Typically the product of local decision making.
  • Often described in documents as the "scope and sequence" and "units of instruction", the curriculum can include goals, instructional practices and pedagogical guidance, suggested resources and instructional materials, and methods of measuring student progress.
  • Examples: TEKS Resource System for core content areas; locally developed YAGs for non-core content areas


vs. Instructional Materials:


  • Publisher created products designed to enhance and support a district's curriculum.
  • Many materials provide units of study, lesson plans, and assessments, and sometimes people rely so heavily on these that they begin to replace the curriculum. However, the units of study or pacing guides contained in instructional materials may not be consistent with the district's curriculum and may not be well aligned to the state's standards. For these reasons, instructional materials should be used to implement the district curriculum rather than as a curriculum.
  • Examples: textbooks, supplemental materials and programs, TExGUIDE


Source: Learning List blog, 6.18.18

Looking for some good professional reading?

These and many other titles are available in the Curriculum Office professional library!

WHO'S WHO AT LGISD

Please help welcome these new teachers to LGISD!


The sentence strip they are holding is the Six-Word Memoir they created during new teacher in-service. Find out how to incorporate this fun "getting to know you" activity in to your classroom HERE.

TEKS Resource System Support

This year K-12 Science and Social Studies teachers will spend several half days of Professional Learning with Region 13 staff learning best practices for implementing TEKS Resource System, taking part in vertical alignment, and spending time planning with and learning from each other.


Pictured below are Region 13 presenter, Vejeh Tavakoli, with Angie Eichler, 7-12 Instructional Technologist, and secondary Science teachers Katy Scott, Amy Fritz, Barbie Ryza, JoAnn Morgensen, and Kristie Kemp.

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Worth Quoting....

"Find ways to be a student in front of your students.Let them see you struggle and grow. In my experience, this has led to a 'we're all in this together' atmosphere conducive to collaboration, risk, and creativity." Educator Emily Brisse

District RtI Committee

The newly formed District RtI team has been hard at work participating in professional learning at the service center, creating an action plan for the district, and revising the district's RtI handbook. Pictured below are several committee members: From L to R: Annette Rohde (2nd grade teacher), Amber Barber (HI counselor), Tracy Weishuhn (HI counselor), Ramona Glisson (5th grade teacher & ESL rep), Blake Dooley (LMS teacher), Molly Adams (LMS Counselor), Lori Kallus (LHS Counselor), and Kristine Naiser (LHS teacher).
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