Ch 3: Planning the Curriculum

About This Chapter

Planning the curriculum of a course can involve the utilization of different models and approaches to instructional design. This chapter covers the basics of curriculum planning, including models available, and the use of curriculum guides and mapping.

Planning the Curriculum - Chapter Summary

This chapter presents an introduction to curriculum planning and the different models and guides you can use when developing your own curriculum. A few of the topics covered are:

  • The planning process and development of curriculum
  • Curriculum models and guides
  • Writing a curriculum map
  • Creative curriculum
  • Essential questions in creating a curriculum
  • Incorporating resources into curriculum

Each lesson thoroughly explores parts of the curriculum planning process, and lesson quizzes and worksheets ensure full comprehension. Key concepts are also revisited in the chapter exam.

How It Helps

  • Enhances understanding: You'll not only learn about various curriculum models, but how to choose the one that best matches your teaching style.
  • Provides resources: These lessons will help you identify tools that can help you develop a solid curriculum and bolster your effectiveness in the classroom.
  • Encourages creativity: You'll learn how to create a curriculum that engages students in big ideas and enhances the learning process.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Understand the essentials of curriculum planning
  • Utilize curriculum models to enhance learning in the classroom
  • Recognize the importance of curriculum guides and maps
  • Integrate available resources into your teaching methods
  • Design creative curriculum that engages students in the learning process

9 Lessons in Chapter 3: Planning the Curriculum
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Curriculum Planning Process & Development

1. Curriculum Planning Process & Development

Curriculum planning and development strategies are essential tools for teachers who must meet educational standards that vary from state to state. Learn more about curriculum planning and development, different standards for curriculum development, and the need to create annual lesson plans, unit lesson plans, and individual plans.

What is Curriculum Planning?

2. What is Curriculum Planning?

Curriculum planning allows for focus in teaching and identifies the activities that will best help students to learn. Discover how asking big questions, considering learning and development, and being flexible are vital parts of curriculum planning.

What is a Curriculum Model?

3. What is a Curriculum Model?

A curriculum model is the guideline used when creating subject and instruction guides. Explore the basics of what makes up a curriculum model and learn about the widely acknowledged product and process models.

What is a Curriculum Guide?

4. What is a Curriculum Guide?

A curriculum guide outlines the content and standards that will be covered through the unit lessons. See how to use required curriculum guides, and the steps to plan, create, implement, and evaluate a unique guide as well.

What is Curriculum Mapping?

5. What is Curriculum Mapping?

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.

Types of Curriculum Models

6. Types of Curriculum Models

Curriculum, the methods and plans teachers use to determine how they will educate students, are designed after different models. Identify their components and the differences in product and process models, examine specific model frameworks, and see examples of popular models.

What is Creative Curriculum?

7. What is Creative Curriculum?

A creative curriculum is a curriculum where students learn through active and creative methods. Discover how adding engaging activities and creating continuity can boost your creative curriculum in this lesson.

Using Essential Questions in Curriculum

8. Using Essential Questions in Curriculum

Essential questions are an important part of instruction but can sometimes be confusing. What are they, and how are they different than an everyday question? Read on for details.

Teaching Resources & Curriculum Materials in Instructional Design

9. Teaching Resources & Curriculum Materials in Instructional Design

Different resources and materials help teachers adapt to the needs of diverse groups of students when designing instructions. Discover the importance of intentional teaching, designing specific learning experiences to engage students with the content, and practical materials and resources to include in the curriculum.

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