By Scott Sterling You might think that the standards, whatever they look like this year, are in the domain of the teacher. After all, it’s your job to make sure your students meet them. They just have to sit there and absorb your knowledge, right? We all know that last
By Scott Sterling Perhaps in response to college and career readiness standards and their desire to have students working in more real-world ways, teachers across the country have begun adopting what is called project-based learning. Project-based learning (PBL) is the concept of an entire lesson, unit, or even curriculum designed
By Scott Sterling Adapted from Libby Garst’s excellent pre-conference session at Building Expertise 2014, Rigorous Standards-Based Unit Planning – Math. We have previously discussed the concept of unpacking a standard without going into much depth. Some veterans may already be quite comfortable with it, but it’s time for those who aren’t
by Scott Sterling When you look at your curriculum at the beginning of the year, some units just naturally stick out. It might be because every year, teaching place value is an uphill slog—or that the poetry unit always turns out to be a highlight. Some lessons just belong together.