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What is Curriculum Mapping?

Instructor: Esther Bouchillon

Esther has taught middle school and has a master's degree in gifted education.

In this lesson we will discuss what a curriculum map is. Topics we will cover include what to include in a curriculum map, who writes a curriculum map, and what things to consider when writing a curriculum map.

Road Trip

Imagine going on long road trip with no GPS. You have written down which route numbers you need to take, but you don't know in what order the turns should be made or how long you need to stay on each road. It probably wouldn't be a very successful road trip! Knowing the order of the turns and how long to drive on each road would help you reach the final destination much more efficiently.

Essentially, in education, that is what a curriculum map does. Such a map provides a teacher with an understanding of the order in which the major units of study should be taught. It also dictates how much time should be spent teaching each state standard in order to fully cover the required information in the time available. Most importantly, it helps teachers plan to complete their instruction before end of the year or the standardized tests.

Curriculum Maps

In the same way that different GPS and mapping systems vary, there is no standard format for a curriculum map that is widely accepted, although a chart layout is commonly used. Each school district may have its own requirements for a curriculum map or teachers may be allowed to create their own in whichever format they desire.

However, regardless of the format, there are essential pieces of information that will be included in every curriculum map. These components include the order in which units of study should be taught, state standards that are covered in those units, and approximate amount of time to be spent on each topic.

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