Timeless Practice #2
Teacher clarity of learning intentions posts a 0.75 effect size—equivalent to almost two years of student growth in one year. (John Hattie)
The “unwrapping” process shines a bright light on every concept and skill within a standard. When educators “unwrap”prior to any instructional planning or assessment writing, they clearly understand the specific learning targets their students need to learn.
WHAT WILL LARRY COVER?
- In this interactive workshop for K-12 educators and leaders, you will learn, through both guided and independent practice, how to:
- “Unwrap” standards for your unit of study
- Create a graphic organizer of “unwrapped” concepts and skills
- Determine levels of thinking-skill rigor
- Decide Big Ideas for your students to discover
- Write Essential Questions to focus instruction and assessment
Agenda for the one-day workshop is available upon request.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
- Who Should Attend?
- K-12 classroom educators
- Instructional specialists
- Curriculum and assessment coordinators
- School and district leaders
WHAT WILL YOU LEAVE WITH?
- Handout with key points, examples, and guided practice activities
- Graphic organizer (outline, bulleted list, concept map, chart) that includes your:
- “Unwrapped” concepts and skills of selected standards
- Identified levels of cognitive rigor (using Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge)
- Big Ideas
- Essential Questions
- A set of tools for use during and after the workshop:
- “Unwrapping” the Standards Template (hard copy and electronic copy)
- Checklist of Success Criteria for each step of the “Unwrapping” Process
- Next Steps Action Plan
“WOW!! I cannot tell you how this workshop has been so significant in my vision.”
“This was an excellent use of my time – Thank You!”
“I’ve learned so much, and I can’t wait to get back and share what I’ve learned! I am so excited about this process. This is so good for kids—this is what I want for my own kids!
“Mr. Larry Ainsworth is an outstanding facilitator! He relates to others positively, very professional, helpful, highly organized, knowledgeable, and models effective teaching.”
“Out of all of the professional developments that I have had to attend over the years (and you, Larry, know my feelings on being out of the classroom!), this one at least had a useful product at the end. I think it was helpful to have two full days, back-to-back, to work with our colleagues on developing standards-based instruction. I also appreciated the fact that Larry respected our time and expertise and gave us time to work—this was probably the best feature of the workshop.”
“This was a fantastic presentation! Thank you for your expertise and your enthusiasm. You are an advocate for quality education for all!”
“’Unwrapping” the Power (Priority) Standards was really helpful. It seemed so easy after your presentation! I was having a hard time making the connection between Power (Priority) Standards and everything I teach. It now makes sense!”
“I appreciate the expertise and the simplicity of your presentation. Excellent presenter.”
“This was worth giving up a day of my summer vacation.”
“Larry is a great presenter—a natural teacher! He is very helpful.”
“The experience of completing an ‘unwrapping’ activity from beginning to end is invaluable.”
“The ‘unwrapping’ process was helpful. It’s great to have a step-by-step system for making standards work.”
“Very helpful to illustrate the essence of Power (Priority) Standards. I also like that you have included a complete look at what’s necessary through assessment and rubrics.”
“Not only do I feel good about ‘unwrapping’ this seeming ‘monstrosity’ of Indiana standards, I really believe we can take this to the next level.”
“I truly found this session well-rewarding and helpful, especially since this is my first year of teaching. The ‘unwrapping’ the standards session was excellent.”
“As a first-year teacher, this presentation was very much beneficial for me to make sense of the standards.”
“The workshop was great! Our group was very excited after this session. Larry is an excellent presenter!”
“Learning how to ‘unwrap’ standards, break them out into tasks, and create related scoring guides was very helpful.”
“The information you provided was so timely and greatly appreciated by our principals. Our principals have continued the conversation on ‘Unwrapping’ the Standards. This practice was just invaluable.”