Saturday, June 29, 2013

Optimum Organization

It is Saturday, that mean's its time for Optimum Organization with www.ladybugsteacherfiles.com and funin4b.blogspot.com!

Being out of my classroom and moving into a new room it is hard to have many of my organization ideas, but I decided I could work on some digital/record keeping organization.

Teaching in MN we do not follow the Common Core Standards.  We are one of a few states who do not.  We have MN State Standards for all subject areas and we have used them to create school ELOs (essential learning outcomes) and Learning Targets.  Each grade level has broken up their ELOs by hex.  I teach a replaced reading and math class so I want to be able to work on those ELOs with my students but at their level.  I am often looking for ideas and decided that making a spreadsheet would allow me to keep track of my resources easier and have a place where I can monitor my students.  My goal is for my students to master as many of these as they can at their independent levels.  If they don't master an ELO this next school year my hope is that they have had ample exposure and practice.  They may not be at grade level with tasks, but they will be familiar with terms and vocabulary.  I will use texts at their reading level and be able to focus on these important targets along with their IEP goals.  Our IEP goals are now written based on state standards.

Here is the spread sheet I created for 5th Grade Language Arts.  I can't wait to go back and link to mentor text lessons and nonfiction passages from Read Works

5 comments:

  1. Your spreadsheet looks great! It's really hard following the Common Core standards and additional ones. I am always double checking both to make sure I have it all covered.
    Sara
    First Grade Funtastic

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    1. Thanks! The standards get a bit crazy. For the past few years I have been trying to do 5-8th grade reading and math, I am lucky this year to just have to worry about 5th and 6th.

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  2. I agree! I know Minnesota says we are Common Core plus MORE but for me it is just MORE work :)
    Sara
    Polka Dot Kinders

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    1. :-) I totally agree with that! I am glad though at least right now that MN did not just cave to the pressure of the testing companies. Common Core was for sure pushed by the business sector. I like that we are not completely nonfiction text driven, there is a place for it, but fiction is super important in getting kids excited about reading as well.

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  3. Your spreadsheet looks great and very user friendly. Great job :) Thanks for linking up with us.

    Elizabeth
    Fun in Room 4B

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