For most teachers, we have topics to cover and a curriculum to follow. I’ve always been a team player, but I like to put my own twist on it to connect with my students. In the next few posts, Megan and I want to share how we have changed up the “family” unit. Check out 10 tough questions I start with when planning.
First the brainstorming… I started by looking at the goals that the district has set. Then I thought about my students and asked a lot of questions.
– What would they be interested in that comes from the target culture?
– Which families from the target cultures would be good to talk about?
– What authentic resources would support the goals?
– How can we connect with the community?
– Is there an organization we can help out?
– Are there any career connections?
– Who can come into class (or videochat) to give a first-hand connection? (preferably a native speaker)
– How are they using 21st Century skills? What “product” should they create?
– How will I keep it all in the target language?
– Can I connect with another content area teacher?
Just a little to think about, right?!
How do you start your planning process? Any other tough questions?