What is Curricular VerticalAlignment? “Planning and implementing the curriculum sequence from one grade level to the next in grades Pre-Kindergarten to grade twelve” (Bergman, Calzada, LaPointe, Lee, and Sullivan). Bergman, Calzada, LaPointe, Lee, and Sullivan also state that “Vertical collaboration, or planning together with teachers across grade levels, surfaces as requisite for success.”
Vertical Allignment Will the teachers find vertical alignment successful? Will sharing with other grade levels help the teachers and benefit the students? After we align the Numbers and Operations standards will teachers want to continue with the other standards?
With Vertical Alignment I want toLook at… Teacher Knowledge Getting Teachers to want to Change Sharing Ideas with each other Communicating more During planning involving teachers from surrounding grade levels. Teachers feeling as if they are coming out of our monthly math meetings with useful information.
Teacher Knowledge Just because a teacher knows a lot about math does not make them a good math teacher. “Effective mathematics teaching requires understanding that students know and need to learn and then challenging and supporting them to learn well” (Stump). I want out teachers to learn from one another.
Why Should Teachers want to dothis? “When teachers are more comfortable with teaching a particular topic, they are more likely to allow for student questioning and discussion, an essential feature of inquiry. (National Research Council, 2000). Darling-Hammond, Bullmaster, and Cobb state that “Teacher educators learn more about teaching as they teach collaboratively with veteran teachers”
How does this Benefit theStudents? Transitioning Vocabulary Academic Success Schielack and Seeley state how “Aligning major ideas across grades 3-8 efficiently addresses the curricular aspects of students transitioning from elementary to middle school mathematics.”
My Goals: I want teachers to feel as if our monthly math meetings are useful and helpful. Not a waste of their time or just another meeting they have to go to. After the first year I want to expand and have surrounding middle school math teachers come over and join our meetings. Most importantly I want our teachers to grow from this experience which will in return benefit our students.