What is a Curriculum Model?

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Instructor: Sharon Linde
Curriculum models are a tool used by educators. Much is made of their development and implementation, but does anyone actually know what one is? Let's take a look at curriculum models and see what all the buzz is about.

Curriculum Models Explained

To understand curriculum models, let's get on the same page about what curriculum means. When we talk about curriculum in today's classrooms and schools, we mean the stuff kids are learning. It is the content, mostly, but also the planning put into the subject matter: goals and objectives, assessments, and sequencing. Schools and districts create a curriculum guide, a framework that details what, how, and when instruction occurs. The primary use of a curriculum guide is to give educators a uniform methodology so all students have the same opportunities to learn.

Before determining what goes into the guide, it is necessary to determine what type of curriculum guide to use. A curriculum guide can have several different formats, or models. A curriculum model, then, is the tool that helps those who write and develop curriculum guides. They provide a reason for the choices made in teaching.

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