Beacon Everywhere Anytime Module

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     What should students know and be able to do?



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Every year educators face a common  dilemma, "What should students know and be  able to do?" Recently the state of Florida  defined parameters for student achievement at developmentally appropriate levels known as  the Sunshine State Standards.

As you look at the Sunshine State Standards  several questions emerge, including:

How will my years of valuable experience
be beneficial in this new system?
Why are standards important?

The best way to confront these issues is "to begin with the end in mind." By establishing learning expectations in the beginning of the planning process, educators can successfully develop standards-based curriculum, assessment and instructional strategies. Using a standards-based system, educators are able to consistently address student needs within a solid framework.

In this module, educators investigate the process of standards-based curriculum development. The guiding question is, "How can an educator identify what a student should know and be able to do?"

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Upon completion of this module, the participant should be able to

Know the coding system for the Sunshine State Standards
Recognize the parts of the code within the Sunshine State Standards 
Identify keywords from the Sunshine State Standards that describe what the student should know and be able to do
Identify some advantages of building on student's prior knowledge
Identify an example of how spiraling curriculum looks within the Sunshine State Standards

Apply the processes of standards-based curriculum development within the CAI Lesson Planning Tool.

Interactivity Question

Throughout the Curriculum Module, look for this icon.  

Each time you see this icon, an interactivity question will follow. Each question relates to the Module Objectives. 





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End in Mind
What are the benefits of visualizing the desired results before actually doing anything?

Do you know the coding system for the      Sunshine State Standards? 

Keyword Identification
Using the keywords from the Sunshine State Standards, what should the student know and be able to do?

What is the past, present and future of  a particular standard? Why is the process of determining the history of a standard important when identifying what the student should know and be able to do? 

How can keywords from the Sunshine State  Standards be used in standards-based planning?


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Where do educators begin? First, reflect on your current instructional planning practices. Using a blend of what you already know and specific information about standards, explore several processes of standards-based curriculum development within this module.

Remember Mr. Stringfellow's strategy for implementing the state standards into his existing lesson plans? He just added state standards to his existing lesson plans. His approach frustrated not only him, but his students as well because he had not clearly identified from the standard what the students should know and be able to do. In other words he did not 'begin with the end in mind.'

Examine why it is important to know the state standards and identify student expectations first in the lesson planning process. 

Mr. Stringfellow Weathervane