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• Paolo's Spiraling and Task Progress Log

Posted by on June 24, 2019 at 2:40 pm

My goal is to work on organizing our math resource by State Standard, then find a logical and efficient way to combine some of the concepts/standards to save time so I can dive deeper into the content with students. I hope to do this through tasks that touch on multiple skills and strategies. Then, I want to find a way to spiral the curriculum so students are always applying mathematics, not applying one skill that they learned that week.

My goals are:

1. Align math resource/Big Ideas to state standards

2. Organize the aligned standards and big ideas into a spiral schedule

3. Find tasks that will align with the Big Ideas and standards so I can teach with tasks, followed up with consolidation and practice, rather than show, then have them work.

4. Find games that align with these standards as well so students can participate in play while practicing these skills.

• Paolo Tolomeo

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June 30, 2019 at 1:47 pm

Alright,

I have finished sorting through the state standards and putting them in line with the Big Ideas from our math resource that our school uses. Though I don’t plan on using the book too much, the series does organize all of the content into Big Ideas which will be helpful with organizing my thinking if I am trying to spiral. They also provide “Quick Quizzes” which I call Training Sessions ( I gamify my year) that provides a good checkpoint for each Big Idea).

Having the state standards organized alongside each big idea is helpful in determining the tasks that can best help me meet the standards, but also push student thinking. My next goal is going to be to find tasks (be it 3-act tasks or just rich tasks that push thinking) for each of the Big Ideas. I know not every lesson can be a 3-Act task, but I am hoping these types of tasks will be used to introduce concepts and get students actively engaged in accessing new information. After the lessons, I can use the consolidation time to teach the main skill.

On to finding rich tasks for these Big Ideas! After that, I am going to work on figuring out how to split up the units so I can spiral. I want to find a natural flow between units, rather than just teaching each skill in isolation.

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