Sunday, March 26, 2017

School Year Map: Realistic

As I think of the sometimes unrealistic expectations we place upon ourselves as educators, I want to create a realistic school year schedule that I believe meets children's needs well. Of course, before embarking on this plan, I'll work with grade-level teammates and others this summer, but here's a first draft.

June 2017
  • Move-up meeting, letter, supply list, and summer study opportunities
Summer 2017
  • Professional study and preparation for the school year ahead
  • Team meeting to plan year, book field studies
  • Classroom preparation, initial plans and prep
  • Student/Family Orientation Event (I'd like to include this as part of our teaching/learning plans)
September 2017
  • Identity/Team/Learning Community Focus: Who are you? Who is the learning team? How can we optimize who we are and what we do to learn successfully together?
  • Assessment: What do we know individually/collectively and what goals do we have for the teaching/learning year.
  • Starting showcase portfolios.
  • Team Building Activities: Global Read Aloud, Global Cardboard Challenge, Team Protocols Schedule, and Routine, Notecard challenge, spaghetti-marshmallow challenge
  • Team Building Field Study: Gillette?
  • Focus on Earth Friendly Classroom/Learning Community, Composting Focus
  • Family-student-teacher conferences: Sharing initial assessments, projects, showcase portfolios, and creating goals. 
  • Content/skill/concept learning units begin in earnest in each curriculum area. (Math Unit Plan)
  • RTI begins
  • Earth/Space Studies: McAuliffe Challenger Center Field Studies
  • Field Study: Maya, Incas, Aztecs: Harvard Natural History Museum
January-February Break
  • Midyear assessments, new goal setting
  • Report cards, showcase portfolio updates
March-April Break
  • Skills and Stamina Focus in preparation for spring tests
  • Parent-Student-Teacher conferences
April Break - June
  • State tests
  • Fifth Grade Play
  • Biography Project
  • STEAM/Naturalist Focus
    • STEAM Projects
    • Garden/Compost Work
    • Naturalist Field Study
    • Visiting Naturalist Experts
    • Spadefoot Toads