Unlike some materials that offer explicit units of study, this series reminds teachers how to maintain the integrity of innovative and student-centered classrooms. While any standards movement can default to sameness, this series shows that the national standards and a national curriculum are not the same. The teachers featured here demonstrate that the most effective curriculum is the one created by individual teachers focused on the learning needs of their students.
Keynote Delivered by Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling
"We really liked it a lot...she was so upbeat about a subject that can raise great defensiveness and ire. Her stories were great and she was really personable. The teachers who were with me really enjoyed it!"
Interpreting the Standards: Maintaining the Integrity of the Classroom in Times of Transformation
In Session 2, Susi Long puts the standards in perspective, with a focus on the students. View this excerpt (all excerpts are in low resolution to keep file size small) from the second session.
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In the final session focused on planning strategies, presenter Jeffrey Williams explains some methods of grouping the standards.
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Classroom teachers Mary James and Claire Harden take you inside their classrooms where they discuss how texts become conversations. Although in very different school settings, both teach The Outsiders.
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In this excerpt from Session 4, Sarah Brown Wessling, reminds us how common standards do not require common pathways to learning.
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