the types of support teachers will need for the instructional materials?


A high degree of alignment of the content, pedagogy, and assessment criteria described in the Standards does not necessarily guarantee that instructional materials will be easy to manage. The Standards address the importance of professional development, and some aspects of the program standards apply as well. It is useful to ask:

  • How many different types of materials must be managed and orchestrated during a typical chapter, unit, or teaching sequence (e.g., student text, teacher’s guide, transparencies, handouts, videos, and software)?

  • Does the teacher’s guide contain suggestions for effectively managing materials?

  • Do the instructional materials call for equipment, supplies, and technology that teachers may not have?

  • Do the instructional materials identify safety issues and provide adequate precautions?

  • Is the cost for the materials and replacements reasonable? Are there special requirements?

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