Thursday, June 7, 2012

Writing Curricular Units: Is the Template the Means or the End?

I love thinking about curriculum. I love talking about curriculum. I love reviewing units. (Yes, I know that I’m really dorky.) However, I realize that writing curriculum is an exercise in thinking.

Many districts have well-written, coherent curriculum documents that are shared with teachers systematically. However, the goal of writing curriculum isn’t well-written documents or insightful templates. Instead, the goal of writing curriculum is helping ALL students to transfer their learning to rigorous, authentic contexts. High quality evidence of student learning is truly the goal of curriculum.

If you reframe your curricular efforts around student outcomes, how does this change the way you prioritize learning activities? Grades? Everything else?


  1. One of the biggest challenges I have faced is getting others to focus on the student outcomes and best practice instead of "Should I put this on the form in this place?".



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