“A Quick Guide to Benchmark Advance” is a series of six posts to help you get started using Benchmark Advance. Each blog post is inspired by topics that are frequently asked about in my Benchmark Advance Planning, Organization, and Tips Facebook support group. They share compiled information gathered from the posts in the group. The information is shared by teachers using the program and is not affiliated with the publisher. Your district’s official Benchmark training should still take precedence as you begin your implementation of the program.
So, you’re trying to figure out
this whole Benchmark thing.
But first, a quick message to get you started.
Anytime you’re feeling overwhelmed, tell yourself this:
I. TEACH. THE. STANDARDS.
The curriculum is a resource.
Take a step back and reacquaint yourself with your state’s standards with a new lens. Pick and choose lessons from Benchmark that you think will help you teach those standards well. Don’t try to teach every single lesson – it all comes back around. You can use this program with “fidelity” without doing every single lesson all the time. The skills repeat themselves over and over again. Didn’t teach figurative language in week 1? Well it comes up again in week 3! And then again in another unit!
Give yourself a moment to reflect on your teaching philosophies and then think about how Benchmark can compliment your teaching style. And please, allow yourself some grace! It’s new and you’ll make mistakes. You’re doing a great job already just by seeking out this support?
Be sure to join my Facebook group. Once you click “Join Group” and answer the three screening questions, you’ll be approved and have access to tons of great resources and support!
Click on the links below to read the other
blog posts included in this “Quick Guide” Series.
SUPPLY LIST: A short list of items you may want to purchase for your students
MATERIALS OVERVIEW: A shortcut page to reference materials in the program
WHOLE VS. SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION: What everyone is doing and using in whole and small group time
PLANNING: Tips for planning a unit and week effectively
TEACHER TIPS: Advice from teachers who are already using the program