I've been searching, thinking and discussing with some of my Colleagues Long term planning for reading, writing and maths...
We currently have 5 teachers in our year7/8 team using student data to drive teaching programmes. By this I mean analysing what students need, offering workshops on a 2 -4 week cycle (all referenced to LIs and SC) and students sign up based on their own analysis of their assessments ( all based on NZC of course!). Planning is very collaborative and I feel, meeting the individual needs of our students. This of course changes based on whether a student grasps the concept or not, students and teachers make this decision together (where possible).
So my question that I would like your help with is... does LT planning have a place in this environment? And if so how does it fit- without planning overload?
Has anyone out there mastered this? Have advice/ideas about it? Or trialling formats that they are willing to share?
Thanks in advance!
We posed the same question. Yearly big question ideas about T1Ko au, T2 me in class, T3 me at school, T4 me in a global society were fairly straight forward and allowed for creative designing. However we weren't constrained by them and were flexible. They blended mid terms as opposed to end of term. This created opportunities for responsive curriculum design. I posed this question at educamprotovegas 2017 "ILE's are 3D in practice/ pedagogy yet our planning is 2D......what considerations are needed?" Hope this helps
In these times of focusing on individual pathways and student led inquiry, it can be difficult to plan ahead, so what we have found helpful in our school is to closely monitor where we have been rather than dictate where we want to go. We make sure that we meet the needs of the curriculum this way and we can alter the direction of our focus if we need to. Our students are constantly monitoring their own progress which means that they often set the goals and direction of their own learning.
I think Steve has the answer - the LTPs need to have 'wriggle room'. A colleague of mine teaches in a Reggio-inspired school and they are unable to plan ahead because they don't know in which direction the students will want to go. That said, you do need to profile your class carefully, and know exactly what needs students have and be plan to address them within the confines of the learning opportunities that arise.
Has anyone else out there got some challenging 'big ideas' that they use to theme their way through the year?
I love your presentation title Steve and your big overarching themes. Yvonne, your comments around individual pathways and planning from 'where they've been' are useful places to start. Thank you Tracey for sharing how you scope the needs of your students, which helps to open up possibilities for student-led inquiry learning. I'd love to hear more about Reggio-inspired teaching and learning, maybe your friend could share more about this with us?
I just want to quickly cross-post some comments I added to this rich discussion started by Justin Hickey recently, Do we need to question the way we assess?
The learning environment needs to be very clear about what is expected, what learners are doing, and why. Otherwise, motivation decreases, students are less able to fit discrete activities into larger knowledge frameworks, and they are less likely to become self-regulated learners.
Formative assessment should be substantial, regular and provide meaningful feedback; as well as feeding back to individual learners, this knowledge should be used constantly to shape direction and practice in the learning environment. The nature of learning (OECD) P12
Key ideas for me?
We all know assessment informs next steps for teaching and learning, the challenge in an innovative environment is where teachers (in the pursuit of coverage) are responsible for creating opportunities for students to achieve to the best of their abilities across the breadth and depth of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC). Two questions for me...
Here's some big themes or rich concepts ideas and you all might like to dive in and add your stories about student inquiry in a thread started by Mike Perry, What's happening at your place? Love to hear more