Teacher Showcase: More Achieve3000 Success with Reading, Physical Education, and Financial Management

Following on the success of January’s model lesson professional development, more teachers had the opportunity to watch their peers deliver authentic lessons using Achieve3000 as a resource. These models followed the basic principles of solid Achieve lesson planning: student collaboration and engagement, teacher ownership of the resource, and authentic standards alignment. Read about the lessons and check out the plans the detail their flow!


 

Brittany Robbins

Integrated Physical Education, Grade 7 at McCord Junior High School

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Abbey Stephens, co-teaching with Brittany Robbins, discusses step goals with a group of students.

Brittany wanted her seventh graders to learn how fitness goals create an impact on physical activity. The approach? Gather the students in the gym, give them goals and pedometers, make them walk, and then make them reflect on the results. Achieve3000 added a literacy level to the lesson when the students read an article regarding adult use of pedometers, thus providing an authentic connection to non-school behavior. The lesson was not only a model in embedding literacy smoothly, but also showed incredible ability to keep students on task and reflecting with no re-direction.

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A student takes a moment’s break from walking to read about others using pedometers.

Check out Brittany’s lesson plan and materials here!

Focus Article: “Steps to Good Health”


Jerry Bascuk

Financial Management, Grade 11 at Southview High School

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Jerry Bascuk discusses a student’s work in comparing article and text.

Jerry had recently completed the instruction of a unit in sensible and responsible financial behavior, including considerations like saving vs. spending, balancing wants and needs, and planning for the future. To review this material, students read an article in Achieve3000 that addressed those issues, and then Jerry asked them to make explicit connections between the article’s statements and the textbook’s statements. Students compiled compared evidence on a chart and then discussed the concept’s impact on their personal lives and behavior. Collaborative discussion led to easy review and an effective reflection on the concepts Jerry wanted to teach.

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Jerry’s students partner to explore the text for supporting evidence.

Check out Jerry’s lesson plan and materials here!

Focus Article: “Money Saving Tips for Teens”


Jamie Holley

Reading Enrichment, Grades 7 and 8 at Arbor Hills Junior High School

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Jamie Holley’s student practice a partnered reading strategy they often use to support each other in literacy.

Jamie had noticed that her students were not quite mastering the skills of making inferences or citing evidence, so she designed an Achieve-based lesson to support that skill. Students selected a pair of articles exploring the importance of certain historical figures, such as Mahatma Ghandi. Then, they completed a simple Venn diagram with article evidence. Finally, they made predictions on how these historical figures would address today’s challenges, with the prediction supported by evidence from the article.

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A student completes a Venn diagram to analyze historical figures in two Achieve articles.

Check out Jamie’s lesson plan and materials here!

Focus Article: Several selections possible; see lesson plan above for the list