A workflow is the interconnected sequence for a learning unit.
- How does a homework task get used the next day?
- What activities usually lead up to a major assessment or project?
- Where do retake opportunities and mastery-learning fit in?
- Basically: what happens next?
I think it is best to focus on what the students do, but you also must consider the teacher's step-by-step responsibilities (so you don't have to grade everyone's projects before the students can move on -- yikes!)
This is another element of teaching that your grad school program probably ignored.* They told us how to plan individual lessons with a "hook" or "set induction," goals, objectives, closure, etc. Now I bet you scrawl incomplete lesson plans on Post-It notes or scrap paper....
* like how to plan your week around an assembly that cancels only two classes tomorrow and prepare for the snow day that might or might not happen this Friday
I am most excited by the impact on our online videos. That is always my main contribution to our units. I have been packing the videos full of details that are "need-to-know" AND trying to prepare students for the deeper-level summative assessment. Sometimes that required a long and complicated video lesson. In some blog posts last year I described my struggle with the amount of in-class time to give those formative assessments. Now I can go back to our older videos and revise or re-record some of them, and shrink down some quizzes too.
The past 3 years have been fine, with steady improvement in quality and comfort ... but we did not have a solid workflow. It got revised and rewritten almost from scratch for every unit. Hopefully this structure is flexible enough to fit all our Social Studies topics, and durable enough to work all year long.
QUESTIONS TO PONDER & COMMENT UPON
- Would my chart work for you?
- Do you have a better workflow?
- Does a humanities class workflow tend to look different from a math or science class?