Today I spent the day working with our social studies consultant on various projects. Among other things, we discussed my plans for an upcoming ASK connecting to a Canadian author for 6th grade students studying Canada. The Michigan social studies curriculum is currently under revision, and there is potential that the placement of Canada studies may change. If it does, that will affect the ASK programs I’m working on as well as our MysteryQuest World programs.
In addition, I have an idea for science classes studying the environment, but I want to make sure it’s tightly tied to the curriculum. So in August I’ll be meeting with our science consultant to make sure the project we design is addressing the curriculum in appropriate ways.
I also am in the process of planning time with our language arts consultant to expand the literature circles project that two of my schools did this year.
So my point is, those of us planning and creating content for our schools can not “just dream up something” because it sounds fun. With the pressures of NCLB, state testing, and crammed curriculum, it’s crucial that we do reality checks to make sure the projects we’re designing and supporting fit tightly into the curriculum. Then videoconferencing will support the curriculum instead of being yet another add-on to frustrate teachers with unrealistic expectations.
How do you make sure your videoconferences tightly fit the curriculum?