My sister- in- law, a kindergarten teacher, posted this clever and oh- so- true quote several weeks ago…
“Teachers are solar powered. They recharge in the summer.”
Summer can work wonders. We garden, ride bikes, sleep, hang out with our kids, and…. we work.
I think that the most important work that teachers do in the summer (especially late summer) is reflect. What were the successes? The failures? How can I get better? What do I want to try this year?
And now, alas, summer’s almost gone.
When it’s time to put that reflection into action, the document that I pull up first is always the curriculum map.
While curriculum maps are nothing new, they do have a different look and feel in PBL. In short, a PBL Curriculum Map has a row for each project or unit and columns for topics, driving questions, standards, approximate duration, potential community partners, project deliverables, and benchmarks.