To my surprise, it's a professional development opportunity that is relevant to my instruction.
The focus is on creating "outcomes", or objectives, and teaching ONLY to those outcomes. I have learned that so much of what I teach is actually unnecessary.
I'm going to begin with organization...of course. I'm teaching math this year (after a 1-year absence) and I need to get organized and PLAN AHEAD! Last year, I taught science and ELA, this year it's science and math. I'm feeling energized and ready to take on the challenge. And a challenge it will be...
Two years ago, we used a math series in fifth grade as our main resource. Then, last year, we were given a directive to only use the NYS Math Modules as our resource for instruction. This upcoming school year is going to be "module-based", but we can integrate some other resources when appropriate.
I'm going to be spending a good portion of my summer searching, creating, designing, making, and many other "ings". Basically, I will be busy!
None of the above "ings" can happen effectively without a good plan. I am currently designing an instructional math binder for each unit of study which will include the modules and other various materials (my "ings").
I'm looking forward to a great year...more to come!