…what teachers do on their plan time? If you’re a teacher then probably not (unless you wondered what other teachers do on their plan times), but if you’re a student or a parent–I’m about to let you in on a little secret. Ready? We plan things. Ok, that’s not fair (and it’s a little snarky. Sorry. 🙂 ). But really, we do. And often (as with my fabulous team this year!) we do it together.
Sometimes we get the luxury of double plan-times (which is really just a fancy way of saying we have a big 2-hour chunk to work with instead of just 50 minutes), and it’s during those that BIG things happen. Like just last week when we were doing this together:
See the work there? Can you figure out what we were doing? Those pictures, my friends, are our notes from time spent chewing on a volume pre-assessment. We were trying to create something that was engaging, real-life and challenging all in one. We even had the idea of creating two separate scenarios to interest different kiddos (one was Legos and the other was related to cupcakes). I LOVED how well we worked together in this session, how we each brought something different to the table (and to the whiteboard!), and how we ended up with a great pre-assessment to use that is equal parts us and equal part awesome.
Have I mentioned before that MY TEAM ROCKS? If you haven’t been to their blogs lately to see what’s going on in Rm. 201 and Rm. 203, do it! Now. 🙂 Please? 🙂
What a great reflection on your time together. I love the pre-assessment you guys came up with; can’t wait to hear how the kids responded and what your next steps are. How will you use your next double plan time?
Looking at volume pre-assessments together? 🙂