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Daily Outcomes

I am trying to be a strategic teacher this year. So far it is REALLY helping me stay focused!

We have a daily outcome for each lesson. It tells us what we hope to learn and be able to do by the end of the lesson. I refer to it during the lesson, and it helps us come full circle and wrap up the lesson. I AM LOVING IT! (Sorry McDonalds-had to borrow!) πŸ™‚

I decide what the daily outcome should be based on the standard we are trying to master. For the past 3 weeks in our history class we have used “chunks” of the textbook to help us meet the daily outcome and standard. We are NOT reading each page of the textbook this year. If we tried to do this I think our brains would become so overwhelmed with ALL of the information that we would not end up mastering the standard. I’m hoping for an understanding of the big ideas-not just the memorization of facts, dates, and names that don’t make sense. πŸ™‚

 

 

What are your thoughts on having a daily outcome to try to meet with each lesson?

3 thoughts on “Daily Outcomes

  1. Sounds like you are oding what I TRY to do. I think sometimes in the past, I’ve gotten wrapped up in covering the resources, more than the outcomes that are to be addressed. Of course the resources are a means to reach the outcomes, but the focus should be addressing the outcome, rather than covering a theme. I have a similar goal to you this year. I don’t know if I’ll be able to quote the outcome each and every day, but as long as I have my plan which is focused on the outcomes that I need to cover – I think it’ll be okay! I am right there with you as far as reading each page of the Social Studeies text. There are 16 chapters! SIXTEEN! Can I really, adequately cover that much content in 4 40 minute blocks a week? Not unless I’m crossing over with LA – which is what I also plan to do this year. So many good intention and plans this time of year – let’s hope it all comes to be! PS: You sound like you’re doing an awesome job! So organized!!!

    Krystal
    http://www.lessonsfromthemiddle.com

    • Michelle,

      Steal away!! Here’s example of the 5 word prediction. In our history textbook we were going to read and learn about Columbus coming to the Americas. So I chose 5 words that were in the text, wrote them on the board, and they had to think about how those 5 words were related to each other and make a prediction of what we were about to learn. My 5 words from the text on this lesson were Columbus, ocean, expedition, America, and can’t remember the 5th one. πŸ™‚ They would write a quick prediction about the 5 words, share with partners, then I would let a couple of people share out loud. Then we would read the lesson using a “during” strategy. Our 5 word prediction summary would be the “after” strategy. They would have to write a summary of what was learned using the 5 words from the prediction. Does that make sense? πŸ™‚

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