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Samuel learns about standards

Samuel was a late-August hire. He felt fortunate to be joining a science department with lots of experienced teachers because he knew he would need some help making the transition. Although Samuel had taught for three years, he was moving into a new state and district. Samuel had never taught in an educational system based on standards and benchmarks. Samuel was a bit worried that his “hands-on” methods might not be compatible. Samuel brought this concern to his mentor, who assured him that standards, in reality, provide teachers opportunities to genuinely align planning, instruction and assessment.  

Tools that might be useful

To talk about

  • The planning format that Samuel uses
  • What drives Samuel’s instruction: goals and objectives or activities?
  • Where to access their state's standards and benchmarks
  • Whether the district aligns with the state's curriculum