posted by sally .
How can the state standardseffect your planning and instruction for 7th grade
Obviously, you much teach the basics of your state standards.
But the question asks how these state standards will affect YOUR planning and instruction. Only YOU can answer that.
Please note that the word is AFFECT, not effect.
MY opinion.... in a good teacher, the state standards are just a mark on the wall. The planning and instruction is for the purpose of pushing and encouraging those students to go as far and as fast as they can possibly go. Each child has his/her own mark, the best that they can do. Nothing else is quite good enough! Only this way will each student feel the pride of accomplishment that comes with knowing that they did their best....and with that come a goal to do their best again because it feels sooooo good.
I agree with Ms. Sue and GuruBlue. State standards can provide only the framework or skeleton of whatever you're teaching. YOU must supply the creativity and skill in teaching so your students are truly interested and learning. No list on a state website or in a standards publication can ensure that students are actually learning. Only YOU, the teacher, can do that.