Implementing "Inherited" Curricula


The Attainment blog is all about providing resources and support to educators

So with that in mind, one of our regular features will be Teacher FAQs. Today's answer comes from René Zelt, our new Training and Accounts Manager for Texas. If you have a question you’d like to see us answer here, please share it in the comments!


Q: I inherited all sorts of curricula and materials from my predecessor, and now I need to be prepared to implement them (AND organize my classroom). Where do I start?

Great question! Sometimes continuing what someone else started can seem more challenging than having a blank slate. But if you take a systematic approach, you can set yourself up with some shortcuts for a successful year!

1. Assess

First you'll need to answer two important questions:

  • What products did my predecessor use with my current students?
  • Where were they at in the program?

Enlist help if possible, so you can feel confident about starting in the correct place, and plan for some review of old material as well.

2. Review

Bring home any implementation guides and/or teacher's guides available, and get familiar with them.

3. Research

Attainment prides itself on providing lots of training materials to our customers, including videos that show actual lessons being implemented. It's always a good idea to check out the product page on our website to see which videos and support materials are available. Here's a classroom video for Building With Stories that features a teacher leading an adapted read aloud using manipulatives, a choice board, and a flashlight pointer.

If your school has purchased one of our Core Curriculum Solutions, you should also have access to Attainment Plus, a personalized website full of training materials, PDFs, activities and data tracking tools.

4. Divide

Look around your classroom and keep your various curricula in mind:

  • How many instructional areas will you need?
  • How should each area be arranged for ease of use?

Arrange seating and storage as needed, and then dive into the final step.

5. Organize

Make sure the materials you will need on a daily or weekly basis are easily accessible, and everything else is locked away safely for future use. Read our tips for classroom organization to come up with the system that will work best for you.

Need more ideas? Pinterest is a great place to go for visual inspiration, with links to a lot of very detailed blog posts from your fellow teachers. We share classroom management and organization ideas in our SPED Classroom Tips board. Try getting started there, and see where the pins lead you!

If you have any questions for us or tips for your peers, share them in the comments below! 

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