Matching Content and Standards

Pioneers were often disappointed to find how few supplies would fit into their wagon.

Teachers have the same problem on the cyber-prairie. There are many things to learn, but only a limited of number of school days. Because we only have a limited amount of time and resources to reach our goals, we need to get the most from the time we spend with our students.

Without careful packing, those new standards won't fit in your curriculum wagon! Pioneers toss stuff as they go and pick up new things along the way. What supplies and resources did pioneers need to survive on the prairie? Some simple rules and guidelines helped pioneers build successful lives. They couldn't do everything. They had to stick the basics.

We can't teach everything, so it's important to focus on specific standards and individual student needs. For example, focus on regional history, natural science, reading and writing, and information/technology skills.

Read an article called, The State of the States, to learn more about which states are doing the best job with standards.

Activity 1: Identify National Standards
Locate national standards information associated with your grade level and content area.
 
 
 
Activity 2: Identify State and Local Standards
Locate state standards information associated with your grade level and content area. Compare your state with other states. How can you use some of the ideas from other states?
 
Activity 3: Identify Technology and Information Skills Standards
Locate technology and information skills standards information associated with your grade level and content area. Compare your state with other states.
 
Activity 4: National + State - Extra Stuff = Classroom Emphasis
Select a specific national standard for your grade level. Can you find it at the state level? How does this translate to your classroom? What do you do now that could be eliminated or merged?
 
Activity 5: Locate Lesson Plans
Locate and evaluate lesson plans that might be associated with your outcomes. Start at Microsoft and explore their lessons.
State and National Lesson Plan Projects
Local, Regional, or Project Lesson Plans 
Resource Specific Lesson Plans
Lesson Plan Link Pages
 
Return to Workshop Page
Transforming Traditional Activities

Developed by Annette Lamb, 10/99. Update 8/00.