By Elaine Futch
With the start of each new school year, not only do teachers dust off their desks and supplies, but they also open up their files and plan for what is ahead the next year. One of the ways that the teachers at Holy Trinity Lutheran School (HTLS) organize and prioritize what to teach is by looking at the Florida Standards.
Why use standards?
Our hope at HTLS is that students will not only learn what is necessary for their grade level, but that they walk away with a strong academic foundation. Using the Florida Standards allows us to ensure that students will leave our school prepared for what is ahead. Additionally, standards are a great way for teachers on various grade levels to align their objectives and lessons to allow for continuity.
How do we use standards?
At HTLS, the Florida Standards are adapted to fit with the philosophy of the school and are used in the way that our teachers feel will be most beneficial to the students in their classroom. Think about making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Some of us might put peanut butter on one side and jelly on the other, while others might place peanut butter on both sides and jelly in the middle. Either way, the end result is the same: a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Likewise, a teacher whose goal is to teach students how to multiply might have a unique approach to teach that skill, but she will have achieved the goal for teaching that topic. Our teachers use many tools in addition to the standards to design and structure lessons that will prepare our students for the various journeys God has in store for them.