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All of our coaching projects start with the curriculum driven by
student needs. Planning is the key component. One shot workshops
don't work. It is important for teachers to collaborate and plan
together so they are not reinventing the wheel over and over again.
Professional development where teachers map the curriculum, align
standards, and design inquiry-based units, creates successful learning
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Calendaring the Curriculum facilitates development
of interdisciplinary projects and team teaching. Our coaches
have the experience to pull ideas and strategies together
so teachers can see the bigger picture. Here is an example
of calendaring 6th grade teachers in a California Middle School.
CoreLit: Boy in the Painted Cave, Maroo of the Winter Caves
Write Expository Compositions
Deliver Narrative Presentation
Core Lit: In the Beginning- Creation Stories
Invention of Writing, City States, Music,
Mummification, Pyramid Building
Chicken Mummies, Channel Nile News
Curriculum Mapping facilitates standards and
inquiry-based projects that can be multi-disciplinary. Our
coaches can work with teachers before school starts to develop
projects aligned to standards and point to the appropriate
resources. When teachers can see what others are teaching
when, strategies appear that open the way to collaboration.
Below is a sample for fourth grade:
Why do people feel compelled to discover things?
Age of Exploration
Basic Research skills, notetaking, outlining,
Language Arts Writing 1.2
Notes from Research and Brainstorming
Sample of student work:draft, outline
Curriculum Integration takes teachers time.
Our coaches work with the teachers to review the curriculum
and develop models that the teachers can use and adapt. We
then facilitate curriculum development, aligning the standards,
and choosing the appropriate resources for the activities.
This is an example of an activity that enhances a 4th grade
Unit - Chapter
LA - Writing Standards
Teachers Edition page: 46E, Activity
Book p. 16
Objectives: Students will be able to:
Summarize information from the text
Use an electronic graphic organizer
Activity at a Glance: Students will
review information in the text about California and review
the graphic organizer in the Activity Book. Students can use
the template created in Kidspiration and fill in the information.
Extensions: Students can create an
organizer using Kidspiration from scratch that defines characteristics
of different regions. Use the KWL template and have students
answer questions what they know about each of the regions,
what they want to learn, and what they learned. Include a
library of books: California People and Places, California:
From Sea to Shining Sea,
Introducing Activity: Teacher demonstates
activity using TV connected to computer. Set up and explain
rotation schedule for students to use computers in classroom.
Websites for further research:
Geography: Landforms & Bodies of Water
Images of the California Environment
Check out Literature Connections
to enhance your reading program.
Language Arts Sites
Social Studies Sites
Sites for Kids
- Rubrics, lessons, worksheets, project-based learning activities
Teacher Stuff - free online lesson plans, activities, thematic
- Educational Resources Information Center provides a variety
of services and products on a broad range of education-related issues.
Teachers Tool Box - Resources and survival kit for new teachers
Learning Resource Network (CLRN) - database to high quality
instructional technology resources that support CA's curriculum
frameworks and standards.
Webn' - Database of lesson plans and activities by Pacific Bell
Teacher's Website - Curriculum websites organized well
Connect - Extensive learning resources for K-12 educators and
Discipline Techniques - 11 Techniques developed by the Honor
- Educational resource associated with news services
Resources- Technology Learning Center at Oakland Unified School
District has curriculum resources that will be constantly upgraded
and added to. Check out the different grants that we are working
with in OUSD.
- Amazing resource of educational links and resources.
World - Search engine for educational sites on the web
EduPlace - Hourghton - Mifflin K-8 resource site
Learning - worksheets, activities for all grade levels
SchoolNet Foundation - Provides online opportunities for teachers
to collaborate, communicate, and celebrate shared learning experiences.
- Best search engine that does not need Boolean operators
Teach to the Future - Professional development that trains master
teachers in a 40 hour class.
Schrock's Guide for Educators - Teacher resource offering ideas
to enhance the curriculum.
Global Networking for Youth 10-15 - A grassroots project aimed
at getting as many children in the age group 10 -15 as possible
involved in a GLOBAL dialog.
Project - David Warlick has created a necessary resource for
teachers with the Citation Machine, Rubric Maker, and lots more.
Check it out today!
Index to the Internet -searchable, annotated subject directory
of more than 8,600 Internet resources selected and evaluated by
librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries.
of Congress: Learning Page
In the Sky - Provides resources, projects, discussions, interactions,
collaborations, lessons, curriculums, and standards for grades K-12
Polo - Standards-based Internet content for the K-12 teacher
Standards Site - Database of standards by states
North Star - An amazing site designed by Fablevision Press (Peter
Reynolds) who wrote the North Star which is up on the web site plus
wonderful strategies for technology planning.
the Edge of the Digital Age - Information about the future of
- Puzzle generator that teachers can use for any subject
K-12 Education Resources - San Diego County Office of Ed's useful
Institution Most beautiful site - check out the education area
- Organized search engine that puts sites in categories - site created
by Carnegie Mellon University
Helping Teachers - Personal site with loads of links and resources
- Active teacher chatboards and chatrooms
- Resources, articles, tips (incsluding PDQs that Barbara coordinates)
- Non-profit agency providing educators and policymakers with information
and support based on the best knowledge from educational research
Literature - Resources for Teachers
Works of Shakespeare
Elements of Style.
- Kid's publishing site
Chart - Graphic organizers
- created by My eCoach for Oakland Unified AB1339 grant teachers
Online Writing Lab - Purdue created this site for teachers of
Thesaurus - Searchable, online version of this invaluable resource
- Language Art
Forum Internet Collection
Bug Club Home Page
Your Child Learn Science
K-12 Internet Initiative Online Interactive Projects
Scientist: Planet Science
Apple Lesson Plans Index
Geological Survey: The Learning Web
on the Internet
Can with Beakman and Jax
Studies Web Site for K-12 Teachers
of Egyptian Art and Archaelogy
American History Resources on the Internet
Native Americans Across the Curriculum
American History - professional looking site developed by students
of Digital Safari at Mt. Diable High School
Studies Lesson Plans and Resources
Sites for Kids
About Worms: Yuckiest Site on the Internet
(great Science Activities)
Annie's Craft Page
World Factbook 2001
* Crayola * Crayola * Crayola
on the Web
Space - Great site for younger kids to publish work & explore
the Web. Rated "G"
Web - A World Wide Web Digital Library for Schoolkids
Magazine - The Electronic Magazine for Kids in the Middle Grades
- Tristan and Tiffany's Cool Stuff for Kids
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Content like the Port Chicago Disaster with
standards-based activities is what teachers and students need.
This valuable resource was created by Doug Prouty using images
and documents with permission from the U.S. Navy and Parks
Department. We are looking for content that we can develop
into a needed resource for educators as part of our coaching
projects with teachers as co-architects.
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Once again I want to express to both you and Cynthia how thankful I am for all the things I learned from both of you during our three-day training. Even though the pacing was fast, we were introduced to a lot of extremely valuable resources and the learning was superb!!! Now that I have had the time to explore everything more in depth, I cannot say "thank you" enough to the two of you. All the best!!!!"
SDUSD - SD, CA