If your district is like mine, you’ve been mandated to teach with a whole new curriculum this year. Lots of people are overwhelmed by this due to Common Core revamping. Everyone wants to see teachers using technology and asking higher level questions rather than the explicit A) B) C) D) choices we’ve taught to all these years. I applaud the Common Core and have been teaching these standards now so I know what they are. There is no trouble there. On the other hand, all the new curriculum is almost too much to process. I needed a way to break it down into bite size chunks. Out swimming today I got an inspiring vision of how I might do just that and be more productive in my teaching week.
I decided to map out the content areas in my lesson plan book with 3 blocks. I have read a lot about the brain and I know it can only process one thing at a time and new concepts at a time. For this reason, I think I will draw three big circles for each content area and start to categorize what the TE is telling e to do through those 3 “neuro pathways.” I’m hopeful about this. The phrase “Keep it simple stupid (KISS)” is very wise indeed. In a way, this is what we do for our kids when introducing it to ourselves. If we are to internalize the Common Core and a new curriculum, we’re got to first swallow it ourselves. Let’s face it, not everyone can swallow this elephant whole.