Thursday I had the honor of working with my friend and colleague Linda Conway and amazing educator Darlene Burkhart as we backward designed a civics unit for second graders. It was an interesting journey, as the four hour event forced me to study my intention for students. Traditionally, beginning of the year routines have been worksheet booklets about friendship, classroom rituals and behavioral norms. However, now I know the destination that we (the students and I) are aiming for. With an enduring understanding of Interactions Impact Community, students will be challenged to think about:
- What is community?
- How do my actions affect our community?
- How do I model good citizenship?
This will be accomplished (hopefully) through cross curricular and collaborative activities such as describing areas of the classroom, measurement, mapping, developing and defending behavioral norms for these spaces. The performance assessment will be a commercial of sorts developed by students, advertising their “space”.