We've compared the process of standards implementation to writing a research paper. But, unlike the one-time research paper, intermediate work products from standards implementation are highly reusable by other teachers and for future standards updates. A·B·D provides a cloud-based library to save and recycle this work.
We’ve compared the process of developing standards-aligned unit and lesson plans to writing a research paper. For both, the quality of each step determines the quality of the end product. But unlike a research paper, these intermediate work products have significant value for reuse. The A·B·D system completely supports recycling these work products by saving them in the cloud-based libraries.
While the process comparison is valid, there is a large difference in the context of the work. A research paper is a one-time project. That’s different from teaching materials that are constantly changing to improve student learning and align with changing standards. Another difference is that every Algebra I teacher in the U.S. is essentially working to develop the same instructional materials. While they all have different approaches to teaching, the intermediate steps are very objective and should produce very similar results.
Your hard work to define content, with cognitive levels and prerequisites, and develop course guidelines is automatically saved in your private cloud library space. If an update to the state standards is made or local standards are added, you don’t need to start from scratch. And, if you choose, this work plus your finished unit and lesson plans can be shared with teachers and groups you choose. The key to reusing these materials is not just saving them, but retaining the links between them for accurate real-time alignment. This is where the engineering in A·B·D pays off.
Like all “green” efforts, anything shared for reuse will benefit someone. In this case, it helps fellow teachers and the education community in general. Just as important, the community will reward you with shared materials that will save you time and raise your effectiveness. What’s not to like?
Students don’t just get a research paper assignment; they first get a lesson on what it is and how it’s done. Then during the project, teachers collect the intermediate work products like information source lists, note cards, and paper outlines to ensure everyone understands and is making progress. The work of developing accurately aligned curriculm deserves the same rigor. A·B·D makes it possible, easy and green.