S'more Stuff...February

One Stop Shop of Research, Ideas, and Opportunities to Grow

We LOVE a good plan....

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This S'more issue will focus on resources to create great unit plans!

The process this semester of aligning curriculum and building out instructional units on our new Atlas management platform is both exciting and daunting. We hope to highlight some areas that might make development easier!

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So Much to Choose From...Where to Begin.

Click here for an article on essential components of a curriculum unit by Todd Finley.

Planning a Unit Checklist:

  1. Describe your vision, focus, objectives, and student needs.
  2. Identify resources.
  3. Develop experiences that meet your objectives.
  4. Collect and devise materials.
  5. Lock down the specifics of your task.
  6. Develop plans, methods, and processes.
  7. Create your students' experience.



To Assess the Quality of an Existing Unit Plan, the Four Most Important Questions to Ask Are:

  1. Is the unit aligned with standards, objectives, and guidelines?
  2. Is there a balance of teaching strategies, learning strategies, and authentic tasks that engage and meet the needs of diverse learners?
  3. Have I sequenced the activities clearly?
  4. Do the formative and summative assessments measure the knowledge and skills identified in the objectives?
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What is Backward Design Anyway? Want to Know More About It?


Click here to watch a quick video on the strategy

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Want more detail on Backward Design? Jay McTighe is your guy!

Click here to read the Understanding by Design Framework

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The Atlas Platform has many great resources to support unit development

Under the Communities Area drop down on the top of the home page is a sub category called Exemplars with a few quick steps you will have access to units that teachers have created from all over the world

Easily ensure that you are covering those ERB standards in your lessons

Atlas also gives you access to the ERB Verbal and Math Standards right from your Search drop down tab or from within the Unit Planner directly!

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Making the most of PLCs? Enjoy this great read on maximizing yours!

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If a blocked page appears when you click on a link or enter an address in your search browser, it may be that you need to click on the "Advanced Search" Option and log in to the Woodward Web Filter with your normal school log-in.

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Professional Development Opportunities! How'd You Like 'Em? We'd Love to Keep Personalizing Them for You!

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