Annual plans are organizational tools that effective teachers use to group and sequence content/skills into instructional units, prioritize content/skills that are required for success in current and future courses, and include options for enrichment and remediation as needed. They are an important component of student success because they not only set the trajectory for the current school year, but they also bridge the gap between any previous and future courses. When creating annual plans, teachers should take into account what needs to be taught and in what order for efficient use of class time and optimal scaffolding. The scaffolding of knowledge and skills helps students move from rote knowledge to depth of understanding (Childre, Sands & Pope, 2009). Annual plans help teachers strategically think through instructional decisions and lead to greater student achievement. Fortunately, HISD provides many resources that lay out a framework for the essential components of an annual plan to support teachers through the process.
How do I know which skills and concepts are important to my students' success?