To begin planning a unit, first outline the academic goals of the big vision of the unit. This phase includes deciding what students should know and be able to do at the end of the unit, the number of days or weeks required to maximise learning (great units always require slightly more time than expected), and selecting textbook chapters and stories and other materials to incorporate. Next divide everything into the available class periods or time slots to determine how to fit the pieces into the unit. Build in extra time for review and enrichment to ensure that all students have learned the material. With each lesson, pinpoint the specific goals and desired outcomes that are to be met to ensure your students will meet the learning goals of the overall unit. Document shortcomings and successes for future lessons. When you know where you are going, you have a far better chance of arriving at your destination. Planning your unit road map for learning is an excellent way to stretch your thinking and impliment the big picture. Having a clear goal and deciding what routes best allow you to reach your destination increase the likelihood of success. The stops along the way for refuelling and refreshing are the strategies and assessments that enhance the trip and the total learning experience.
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