I spent 4 days in training for Instruction for All Students™. It was an awesome workshop with Brenda Kaylor from Just ASK. She did an awesome job of tying in project-based learning, assessment, and Common Core State Standards. If you ever get a chance to attend one of their workshops, I highly recommend them. At the training, we used Instruction for All Students as our primary text.
There were many ideas from this book to have your class thinking outside the box and collaborating with each other through active learning strategies such as Clock Buddies, Graffiti, 3, 2, 1, and Ticket to Leave. It also had excellent ideas for planning Common Core units as well as formative and summative assessments.
Becky Au, Instructional Specialist
East Picacho Elementary School
Las Cruces Public Schools, New Mexico
(Excerpted from a posting on Becky’s blog )
This class has had quite an impact on my teaching. I can no longer envision simply ‘looking for an activity that is close enough.’ My time and that of my students is far too precious. I now compulsively begin with the end in mind when thinking about lessons, units, courses, and the entire scope and sequence. It even spills over to questions about how we should look at the entire K-12 curriculum for public education.
Roosevelt High School
Weld County School District RE-5J
The standards-based classroom makes learning come alive! It gives the teacher and students practical and useful tools to increase learning. It shows ways to most effectively utilize the time we are given to teach. The ideas are not only research-based but student and teacher tested.
5th grade teacher
Smith Elementary School
Corpus Christi ISD
Corpus Christi, Texas