|1.2a What do I do to plan and organize for effective instruction?|
When planning for a unit of study I gather all the needed information I have, NGSSS, district curriculum, trade books, activities, and the internet. After reviewing the expectations I brainstorm ideas of activities I can do to engage students attention. Trying to find the "wow moment" for the excitement of learning. I usually supply a hands on activity as a kick off and then plan the next in the needed steps. Creating the end test allows to give a pretest, which in turns allows to see what students already know and what will need to develop. I organize time for students to interact with new knowledge through experiements, turn and talk in partners and in group settings, seated practice work, smartboard activities, homework, and projects.