Know My Students : Know My Curriculum

Consultant: Pat Adams, B H.Ec., Cert. Ed., Cert. Voc. Ed.

Pat provides consulting services that support Middle Years, Senior Years and Adult Education classroom teachers and student services personnel. Her target is providing appropriate programming so that all students can successfully meet expected learning outcomes within Manitoba Education curricula or individualized programming.

Pat applies a coaching approach to help teachers evolve their own knowledge and skills. While she offers traditional workshop presentations, her preference is to establish an ongoing collaboration that combines direct and distance (phone and Internet) contact over more extended periods. A typical consultation would involve:

Setting Learning Goals – professional learning goals are developed during a consultative assessment in collaboration with the school/teachers.

Formats – Pat and the school/teachers choose the best approach for meeting the learning goals. Options include:

  • Offering a series of professional development workshops over the course of the school year that allows the teachers to learn, apply, reflect and improve.
  • Facilitating professional learning communities with a subject or grade specific teaching team where learning, applying and reflecting continues throughout the year
  • One on one mentoring, potentially with co-teaching
  • Follow-up consultations via phone or Internet
  • Full or half day professional development workshops

Know My Students : Know My Curriculum is Pat’s foundational approach to planning and providing appropriate educational programming. Successful student learning results from the teacher knowing the students and the curriculum, both being equally critical to the planning and teaching process. Various specific strategies assist teachers to know their students and curricula. While each can certainly be learned and practiced individually, weaving them together will build teacher capacity to program appropriately for all students.

Know My Students

As the teacher, I need to know…

  • The learning and behaving strengths and needs of individual students and the class;
  • Students’
    •  Prior knowledge/skills
    • Literacy and numeracy skills, tech skills across content areas
    • Learning styles

Know My Curriculum

As the teacher, what do I need to teach and assess?

  • Essential learnings
  • Enduring understandings
  • Core skills
  • Big ideas
  • Critical competencies
  • Unpacking the outcomes results in clearly expressed-student friendly


What must, should and could the students know, understand, and be able to do?

Potential learning content (depending on teacher needs):

  • Class Profiling informs differentiated assessment for and of learning and differentiated instruction within appropriate educational programming. This includes implementing Student Specific Plans in the inclusive classroom.
  • Planning with the End in Mind identifies clearly stated learning targets to which assessment and instruction are then tailored. Once planned, instruction (activate, acquire and apply) and assessment must be presented within the context of a gradual release of responsibility.
  • Embedding technology within learning and assessment experiences to support student needs (Cowriter, Write Out Loud, Comic Life, One Note, Inspiration).
  • Developing a collaborative planning model with classroom / subject teachers and other team members, such as student, parent, student services, and administration.
  • Identifying the benefits and implementing the practice of co-teaching.
  • Communicating student learning, providing descriptive feedback and accurately reporting based on provincial academic achievement indicators.