My I Can Statements for 9-10th grades.
My I can Posters for 9-10th grades.
Standards-Aligned Question Stems for grades 9-10.
CCSS Vertical Progressions ELA for grades K-12.
Update 5/30: So, you’re looking for help with all the grade levels? April Wulber, Darke County Ohio ESC ELA Specialist and ORC Ambassador, has posted her I Can Statements for all grade levels (K-12!) on the ELA page at DCESC website. Check them out!! (*She also has tons of other common core resources available.)
Have you heard about “I can” statements? The idea has been around for awhile. Basically, you take the standards and turn them into student-friendly language. The idea would be that you would tell and show the students exactly what they should be able to know and do as a result of learning the standard. When I started looking at the CCSS, I decided I had to try to create these kinds of statements primarily for myself–to understand what I am supposed to be teaching–but also for my students–to show them what they are supposed to be learning.
My goal for this year is to incorporate my student-friendly CCSS into both my lesson plans and my classroom. I’m going to create a chart for each unit to show students what specific objective they will meet and how they will meet it. Because I’m also incorporating an interactive journal this year, students will be able to keep track of their own learning and whether they’ve met the learning objectives in a unit.
My three goals for this year for an overall overhaul of my classroom are…
1. Incorporate more technology: try out the polleverywhere.com resource for bell ringers, open up my project assignments to include more digital media possibilities, and move away from the “Death by Power Point” teaching methods.
2. Find ways to lessen the grading I have to do while increasing learning opportunities for the kids: I need to accept that not everything has to be graded, and that formative feedback is an acceptable alternative to line-by-line grading. Ok, accepted. Now, I’m going to work on figuring out what that looks like in my classroom.
3. Make learning more transparent for everyone: Use the “I can” statements to show kids what I want them to know and do. I’m going to work more on directly telling them what I want them to be able to do, how I want them to be able to show they can do it, and give them opportunities to take control of their learning.
Ambitious goals, but finishing these “I can’s” was such a huge step in the right direction.