Welcome to the series, Intentionally Teaching with Purpose and Fun – A Kindergarten Curriculum Standards Series for Teachers.
If you are interested in getting more in-depth with the kindergarten standards and growing as a kindergarten teacher, then you have reached the right blog post and series! Over the next few days and weeks, I will be focusing on each of the kindergarten standards and sharing what each means, ideas for how to teach it, and how to assess it. Have you ever looked at your kindergarten standards or the specified content you are required to teach and wondered what does this mean? How do I teach this? Or, have you ever been teaching a certain standard in a specific way, only to find out that that is NOT what the standard means? Or you misinterpreted or misunderstood the learning target? The answer for me was, YES!! Even though my district has all of the standards easily accessible and teachers are able to ‘unwrap’ the standards, I found myself still struggling with the meaning of certain standards and how to teach/assess them.
My ah-ha moment was when I took an amazing class offered to our district Kindergarten teachers (shout out to Heaven B!). It was this class that opened my teaching eyes to a few standards I was misinterpreting. I was blown away that I had been teaching kindergarten for over 5 years and was just finding out what some of these standards REALLY meant. Sheesh. I felt really bad, but was determined to take the bull by the horns and dig into my standards. After talking to other teachers throughout not only my district, but the United States, I found out that the majority of teachers find interpreting the kindergarten standards challenging. (I mean, what exactly is prompting and support?!?). This inspired me to take apart each standard, determine the ‘bones’ of it, create a way to teach it, but also, learn to teach it in an intentional, purposeful, yet fun and engaging way!
I can promise that this series is coming from my heart and my intention is for it to be a help and resource for kindergarten teachers all over. No, I am not an expert. But I am an ‘in the trenches’ kindergarten teacher, like most of you and just want to do my best and make a difference!
I hope you follow along with this series and it makes a difference in your teaching! Please, please, please, leave your comments and support me along on this journey! We are all in this together!
Looking for ideas to get the Kindergarten year started? Check out this post about the First Day of Kindergarten!