Bridging the Gap Between Standards and Lesson Plans One Piece At a Time

The gorge in between standards and lesson plans seems at first glance to be one that not even Evil Knievel cannot jump on his motorcycle.  When I look at the standards for Math and Social Studies, the content extends on and on and on about all different areas of the two disciplines.  My head spins as I realize students are required to master all of this before the end of the year.  On top of that, I have my own goals I want for my students, so that is more standards toppled put on the top of those standards.  Can anyone say overwhelmed? The bridge that we need to design and construct is one of a happy medium between the two.

This medium that I speak of is one where you incorporate the standards the state wants you to, while at the same time making sure you include your goals as well.  The problem with the many factors that plague education, absentees, weather, cognitive levels, etc., the construction may be a little slow.  While you can not remove the standards and do what you want, you can think of learning activities that appeal to your goals and include the required standards.  As optimistic as this sounds though, what usually happens is pressure starts to build and instruction becomes more test-driven.

I don’t have the answers on how best to build your bridge…only you the teacher know better than anyone else.  What I do know is this.  We need to establish engagement with our students.  To do that, we need to create proper learning activities to bring about that engagement.  Through those activities, students will begin to truly learn the content and satisfy those standards.  Again, optimism maybe, but its a nice thought that might not be that far away from reality.

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