Here is the PDF that outlines and introduces the draft 2017 Learning Intentions and Success Criteria overview, the NGPS Instructional Model and the NGPS Planning Model.
One of the benefits that planning together can provide is the opportunity to ask each other… ‘why are we doing this?’.
The balance of making every lesson count (see my previous post) and where building relationships and having fun is important and valid is perfectly illustrated in the post ‘Is Your Lesson a Grecian Urn?’. These are the thoughts of Jennifer Gonzalez from her blog, Cult of Pedagogy.
Make her blog one of your regular must reads by subscribing. Start by looking at her About page, it has a link that explains the purpose of the blog and guides you to some suggestions of what to listen, view and read if it is your first time visiting her blog.
Cult of Pedagogy will provide more than enough reading and thinking, as well as opportunities for sharing and planning to last you for a whole PDP cycle!
The idea of ‘tight but loose’ was something I was able to revisit while reading the Class Teaching blog through the year. Shaun Allison, one of the three authors of this blog, has also produced a book called Making Every Lesson Count.
I think the concept of making every lesson count is important for the mindset of planning and teacher talk. You can link to the post on the image below, where the authors explain how having a structure for a school can complement the idea that teachers thrive on being creative.
Here is another webinar from Corwin that is worth watching and thinking about. It unpacks many of the ideas in the book, ‘Visible Learning for Literacy’ by Fisher, Frey and Hattie.
It particularly highlights the differences in surface level, deep level and transfer level thinking.
I have just purchased and begun reading Visible Learning for Literacy. I grabbed my copy from Book Bonding (go on, support your local businesses).
The image below will take you to the Visible Learning website and an overview of the book.
Corwin are the publishers and they currently have a webinar on their YouTube channel.
An important part of the instructional plan is the mini lesson.
Below is a resource that will connect you to a number of websites that will provide lots of ideas.
In some cases the content will not suit your year level, but the challenges presented should inspire you to develop your own resources using the idea in each of the websites.