precious and limited. With so many standards to cover and stakes being so high,
it is imperative that everything we put in front of our students be
standards-based, purposeful, and designed to drive and assess student growth. Over the years, I’ve reflected on some activities that I’ve done with students and realized that maybe just maybe 🙂 some of them were “fluff.” Yes, there are crazy-day schedules and half days occasionally when we need a quick low-stakes activity, but ultimately, I now evaluate each lesson and activity I plan for its standards-based value. I am presenting this idea at the TN Title 1 Conference later this week where we will explore in depth how to determine if
activities are of quality and value. A few of the slides from my presentation below are how to diagnose “sick” activities as well as some quality treatment options for those that need a boost.
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