Curriculum Chronicle

October 2015

Building our Momentum: Lesson Planning and Increasing the Rigor

We are finally settled into the new school year, and we are starting to pick up the steam for moving forward with the curriculum that we will cover this year.

I wanted to remind everyone of the Bloom's Taxonomy and Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Wheel that we talked about a few years back. Both of these tools are a key piece of your lesson planning. Bloom describes what type of thinking is needed to complete a task (the verb portion of your lesson objectives). Webb goes into how deeply students have to understand the content to successfully interact with it. When planning lessons and assessments, your intended student learning outcomes determine the level of the depth of knowledge from Webb's DOK Wheel.

I am placing a yellow cardstock copy of Webb's DOK Wheel and Bloom's Taxonomy in your mailboxes. Please keep this copy with your lesson plans, so that you can reference it when developing your plans. You can increase the rigor of any standard or student learning objective by enhancing what students are doing to master that standard (Webb's levels three and four; Bloom's levels 4-6). A few teachers already received a copy of this. I intended to share it with everyone at our October In-Service, but had to switch around the plans due to the other schedule changes for that day.

Later on in this newsletter, there is information about engaging students in the learning. This ties into your lesson planning and Bloom's Taxonomy and Webb's Depth of Knowledge as well.

Please reach out to the Curriculum Office if we can help you in anyway.

Engaging Students in the Learning Process

Research has demonstrated that engaging students in the learning process increases their attention and focus, motivates them to practice higher-level critical thinking skills, and promotes meaningful learning. In order for students to be actively learning, they need to participate in class, rather than sitting and listening to lectures. Educators that implement a student-centered approach to instruction increase the opportunities for student engagement and active learning.

Please see the short video clip below that describes Kagan strategies that can be used in the classroom to enhance active engagement. There are also two additional links below the video clip that have a list of Kagan strategies that you can implement in your classrooms.

What Is Kagan?

Digital Resources

There are two great digital resources out there. One is called Reading Glue. It is an online reading log that can be used in place of paper reading logs. The other resource is called Epic. It is a free version of the eBooks for educators. There are thousands of picture books, chapter books, etc. that can be accessed online through the site.

The link to both resources are below.

Jen Murray, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction