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Expeditionary Teaching at 9318'
In Expeditionary Learning schools, learning expeditions are the primary way of organizing curriculum. Learning expeditions feature linked projects that require students to construct deep understandings and skills and to create products for real audiences.
Correlating job responsibilities for faculty:
* Design, implement and evaluate expeditions as the primary means of organizing curriculum, Expeditions must align with district and state standards, the school curriculum map, as well as, portfolio, passage and graduation requirements.
* Write detailed expedition documents including: compelling topics, in-depth investigations and detailed project plans including plans for integrating literacy and STEM instruction.
* Arrange and facilitate well-planned fieldwork experiences to support expeditions.
* Develop and use rubrics to assess student work throughout the expedition.
* Support students in the development of their portfolios and preparation for passage and graduation presentations, as well as public exhibitions of work.
Teaching and learning are active and engaging in Expeditionary Learning classrooms. Effective instructional practices promote equity and high expectations: they make the content of expeditions come alive, ensure that all students think and participate, and allow the teacher to know all students and their thinking well. Knowledge of each student’s level of understanding and participation leads teachers to differentiate instruction.
Correlating job responsibilities:
* Employ a range of effective instructional practices (active pedagogy) to give students the support they need to complete projects and meet standards.
* Develop lesson plans that ensure that instruction is paced well, encourages all students to think, engages all students in productive work throughout the class period, and ensures smooth classroom management.
* Use flexible groups based on ongoing assessment to confer with students and provide differentiated instruction.
* Work with students to create assessment criteria that are connected to standards, portfolio, passage and graduation requirements, and help students understand, reflect on and take responsibility for their learning.
* Design lesson plans that both teach writing and support understanding of content in all subject areas.
* Design lesson plans that both teach reading and support understanding of content in all subject areas.