Yesterday I shared about my massive new resource – the Ultimate Guided Reading Resource for Special Education. Within that resource are a lot of valuable teacher templates and forms. One of those forms is an individual curriculum map. Curriculum mapping is a great way plan out your students’ learning and progress on specific skills and concepts throughout the year. This combines nicely with your students’ IEP goals. I like to think of breaking down the IEP goals into even smaller pieces and then planning when I will teach each of those pieces throughout the year. This will aide your planning, future IEP writing, and assessments.
This year I have basically two groups of student who are readers. I organized them into groups based on their behavioral needs and reading levels. The groups worked out pretty well with 6 of my higher students comprising what I will refer to as the high group and 3 students at the mid group.
I looked at each students’ IEP goals which are all based on Common Core Standards. Like I mentioned, I broke down this goals even more – to the most foundational level and then decided how to space out these concepts throughout the year to build on each other. Instead of doing one for each student, I did one for each group since the students’ skill levels and IEP goals were so similar within each group. I grouped skill sets into three areas: grammar, reading strategies, and writing.
I have to tell you – this made my monthly planning a breeze! I knew what seasonal thematic topics I wanted to incorporate and I knew what skill concepts I needed to focus on. Done and done!
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