Episode 229: Why a Systematic Curriculum is the Key to Unlocking Student Potential - EB Academics

Episode 229: Why a Systematic Curriculum is the Key to Unlocking Student Potential

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On this episode of Teaching Middle School ELA, Caitlin and Jessica share with listeners the importance of developing a systematic curriculum. They dive into the EB Lesson Planning Framework: “Into, Through, and Beyond” lesson planning. Spiraling activities throughout the year is key to building students’ skills and proficiency through repetition. Teachers are invited to attend a free PD workshop on strategies to fit everything in and engage students in their ELA classrooms this month.

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  • [00:00:53] Caitlin and Jessica begin this episode by inviting listeners to a free PD workshop on strategies for managing classroom engagement and learning outcomes. The episode itself focuses on the importance of a systematic curriculum in lesson planning. 
  • [00:04:58] Teaching can be stressful, but it’s not your fault. EB Academics encourages teachers to use their lesson planning framework to create a consistent, purposeful curriculum and clarify goals and objectives for their students. Frameworks help manage time and maintain consistency.
  • [00:09:16] Spiral review is a necessary part of a systematic curriculum; repetition/consistency is essential to build students’ skills. 
  • [00:14:54] Caitlin and Jessica walk through an activity called popcorn predictions used to engage students by predicting with intriguing sentences from a text. This activity can be repeated with different texts throughout the year to create a systematic curriculum and identify gaps in learning.
  • [00:17:05] The goal of the EB Lesson Planning Framework is to create a plug-and-play system to avoid last-minute lesson choices. Listeners are encouraged to attend the June PD with EB Academics for examples and details. 

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