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Wednesday, July 16

  1. page Heidi Hays Jacobs edited {Heidi.png} Heidi Jacobs ... the person behin behind the implementation ... has written n…

    {Heidi.png} Heidi Jacobs
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    Although teachers may work in the same building for years, they usually have slight knowledge about what goes on in each other's classrooms. In a similar way, there is little knowledge at one school level about what happens at other levels. This book presents a way for teachers to make maps as a way to communicate about curriculum development. Curriculum mapping amplifies the possibilities for long-range planning, short-term preparation, and clear communication. Procedures for curriculum mapping, which is based on the school calendar year, begin with collecting the data and move through several reviews to determining the points that can be revised immediately and those that will require long-term research and development. Curriculum review should be active and ongoing.
    You can read the first two chapters from her book online. Here are some excerpts from the first chapter:
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Tuesday, June 10

  1. page Our Essential Questions edited ... They are the range and parameters of the study. Criteria for Essential Questions ... under…
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    They are the range and parameters of the study.
    Criteria for Essential Questions
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    understand the question. Thequestion.The language of
    The questions are umbrella-like organizers and should reflect a heading for the focus of a set of activities.
    The question should reflect your conceptual priorities. Points to the essence of what your students will examine in the course of their study.
    The essential question forces the teacher to choose the conceptual outcome for the students.
    Each question should be distinct and substantial.
    Questions should not be repetitious.
    The questions should be realistic given the amount of time allocated for the unit or course. It has been my observation that 2 to 5 questions is the average for a unit of study that ranges from 3 weeks to about 12 weeks.
    There should be a logical sequence to a set of essential questions. The test of a good series of questions is that you are able to explain to your students the rationale for the sequence.
    The questions should be posted in the classroom. The message to the learners is: These questions are essential for you.
    The questions provide a constant visual organizer and focus for the learner – and for the teacher as well.

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  2. page Our Essential Questions edited ... How should we design our curriculum to prepare learners for their future? How does curriculum…
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    How should we design our curriculum to prepare learners for their future?
    How does curriculum mapping serve as a HUB for all initiatives regarding teaching and learning?
    Essential questions
    These are an exceptional tool for clearly and precisely communicating the pivotal points of the curriculum.
    “What are the most important concepts?” We often avoid the heart of the curriculum and cover the periphery.
    Student assessments should focus on essential learning, not merely a task for its own sake.
    The essential question is just that: a question. When the curriculum is formed around questions, the clear message to the students is that you are probing with them.
    The essential question also is an organizer. To structure an array of activities it’s wise to group activities under essential questions.
    A set of essential questions offer focus throughout a unit of study.
    The intention is to provide a blueprint of desired goals.
    Meaningful and clear essential questions can serve as scope and sequence to the structure of the study.
    A set of essential questions provide an advanced organizer for a curricular experience.
    They are the range and parameters of the study.
    Criteria for Essential Questions
    Each child should be able to understand the question. The language of the questions should be written in broad, organizational terms.
    The questions are umbrella-like organizers and should reflect a heading for the focus of a set of activities.
    The question should reflect your conceptual priorities. Points to the essence of what your students will examine in the course of their study.
    The essential question forces the teacher to choose the conceptual outcome for the students.
    Each question should be distinct and substantial.

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  3. page Review Sessions edited ... The point is that interdisciplinary designs are best when sensible, not strained, integration …
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    The point is that interdisciplinary designs are best when sensible, not strained, integration is planned.
    When groups are just starting to work in teams, the curriculum map can become a unifying agent.
    Match Assessments with standards
    We need evidence of learning to find out if we are effectively meeting our targeted goals for students.
    Focusing on assessment through the course of the year deepens accountability.
    Both tangible products and observed performances can serve as the basis for assessing student growth.

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  4. page Review Sessions edited ... Maps will reveal missing pieces in vertical and horizontal articulation: years past, years to …
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    Maps will reveal missing pieces in vertical and horizontal articulation: years past, years to come, and in the current year.
    With this data, gaps in content, skills, and assessment can be identified.
    Identify Repetitions
    Maps can reveal such repetition, showing where the same novel or unit is repeatedly addressed.
    Maps reveal not only content repetitions but also skill repetitions
    It is the educator’s job to study a curriculum map and recommend whether the content, skills, and assessments it details are to be validated or revised.
    Identify Potential Areas for Integration
    When appropriate, merging concepts from two or more disciplines can make for a powerful and lasting learning experience.
    As individual teachers or team members look over their maps, they can determine which option best serves their learners.
    Another option is to reconfigure when mutually compatible subjects or units are taught so that they run concurrently.
    The point is that interdisciplinary designs are best when sensible, not strained, integration is planned.
    When groups are just starting to work in teams, the curriculum map can become a unifying agent.

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  5. page Review Sessions edited Review Sessions Teachers should simply state the areas in which they gained information, the p…

    Review Sessions

    Teachers should simply state the areas in which they gained information, the places where they located gaps, repetitions, potential areas for integration, mismatches between outcomes and curriculum, and meaningful and non-meaningful assessments.
    The important point here is that the faculty is now moving from a review mode to an editing, revising and developing mode.
    The review process is an active and ongoing process
    Read Maps to Gain Information
    If we have no working knowledge of what students studied in previous years, how can we build on their learning?
    If we have no insight into the curriculum in later grades, how can we prepare learners for future classes?
    Reading and examining curriculum maps enables us to create a database for making important decisions.
    Identify Gaps
    We frequently find gaps between goals and what is actually taught, and these gaps can have a lasting impact on a child’s learning.
    Vertical articulation of the curriculum fosters smoother transitions for students as they move toward secondary school programs.
    Maps will reveal missing pieces in vertical and horizontal articulation: years past, years to come, and in the current year.
    With this data, gaps in content, skills, and assessment can be identified.

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  6. page Review Sessions edited ... The important point here is that the faculty is now moving from a review mode to an editing, r…
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    The important point here is that the faculty is now moving from a review mode to an editing, revising and developing mode.
    The review process is an active and ongoing process
    If we have no working knowledge of what students studied in previous years, how can we build on their learning?
    If we have no insight into the curriculum in later grades, how can we prepare learners for future classes?
    Reading and examining curriculum maps enables us to create a database for making important decisions.

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  7. page Review Sessions edited Teachers should simply state the areas in which they gained information, the places where they loc…
    Teachers should simply state the areas in which they gained information, the places where they located gaps, repetitions, potential areas for integration, mismatches between outcomes and curriculum, and meaningful and non-meaningful assessments.
    The important point here is that the faculty is now moving from a review mode to an editing, revising and developing mode.
    The review process is an active and ongoing process

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  8. page Pedagogical Approches edited ... The Seven Phase Model First Stage Review Sessions Time Frame Upgrading Maps for Learner …
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    The Seven Phase Model
    First Stage
    Review Sessions
    Time Frame
    Upgrading Maps for Learner Engagement
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  9. page Why Map? edited Though teachers may work together in the same building for years, they usually have sketchy know…

    Though teachers may work together in the same building for years, they usually have sketchy knowledge about what goes on in each other’s classrooms.
    If there are gaps among teachers within buildings, there are virtual Grand Canyons among buildings in a district.
    By using the school calendar, the teachers could begin to create a realistic picture of their program in a clear, practical fashion.

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