Standards Implementation: By Class
In response to the field, we are providing this 10 step approach to implementing standards by class...
but this is a fluid, malleable list. Please be sure to have read the "Before you begin..." page, before you begin!
1) Go one class or grade (at the elementary level) at a time.
2) For each one, determine how many standards you'd like to have... try just 2 to 5 tops, at least to start.
3) Now decide what are the absolute essential learnings (broad learnings such as "literacy" or "analysis" for example) for that class. Turn these into your standards. See your subject area's Assessment Documents page to brainstorm ideas and directions... a great starting point would be the 5 Maine Learning Results Standards for your subject area.
4) For each standard, determine between 2 and 5 indicators that will accomplish proficiency for that standard! Make SURE that these indicators are DOABLE, MANAGEABLE and able to be done for each INDIVIDUAL student. If it's not, don't include it!! Once again, see your subject area's Assessment Documents page to gather ideas and directions... another example of a great starting point is the North Carolina "I Can" Statements for your subject area.
5) Now the assessment piece: address each indicator separately and brainstorm ideas for assessing each individual student in a meaningful but manageable way. Where you know you would like to do individual assessment but don't know how in the context of your course or classroom, check out some of the other resources on your subject area's Assessment Documents page. This may be a great time to go through the Tons Of Links resources as well, to read up on topics that correspond to your needs. Better yet, spend some time on the Helpful Videos resources to view a webinar or video which might provide additional insight.
6) For each indicator, determine what a "3" (meets the standard) looks like and articulate that. Then develop your "4", "2" and "1" AFTER that.
7) Optional but encouraged: tack on one or more standards connected to the Common Core THAT YOU ALREADY DO... writing prompt, reading prompts, whatever. If writing for example, bring this to your English teachers and ask them for advice how to weave that concept into your standards; what do THEY think would be valuable for you to do, and is there away for you to report/share with them the work that your students submit? Remember: connecting common core to the visual and performing arts is NOT a component of the state proficiency requirement and should not be confused as being a part of it. But this can be a cool connection that you make to reinforce the importance of cross curricular work between your subject area and others in a way that supports BOTH!
8) Go to the Maine Guiding Principles page, add one or more standards to connect with one of those (in an authentic and meaningful way!), then create the indicators and rubric for that. If you are already using elements of the Maine Learning Results section "E", you should immediatly see plenty of correlation!
9) Repeat this process for each class. Whatever you do, make sure you view it through the lenses of managability and relevence. If it's contrived, it simply will never work.
10) Implement and SHARE! Share with colleagues within and beyond your building and bounce your process, successes and failures off of them and see where it leads!