About This Chapter
Types of Curriculum - Chapter Summary
Short and engaging lessons offer an in-depth look at the types of curriculum many teachers use to develop as quality instructors. This chapter explores the following:
- Characteristics of layered curriculum
- How spiral curriculum impacts students
- Differentiated instruction definition and activities
- Advantages and disadvantages of cross-curricular teaching
Review the lessons on any device and print them out to take notes and highlight key information. Explore the lessons in the order that helps you best understand and adopt the types of curriculum examined in this chapter.
How It Helps
- Offers clear definitions: Lessons provide clear definitions for the types of curriculum available to ensure you fully understand the purpose and use of each in the classroom.
- Helps implement strategies: This chapter offers examples of educational tools in action that can help you implement strategies associated with the new types of curriculum in your daily instruction.
- Accounts for classroom diversity: Reviewing this chapter can help you create curriculum that addresses the diverse learning needs of the wide variety of students you will encounter who absorb information in their own unique way.
After reviewing the lessons in this chapter, you will be able to:
- Provide the meaning of layered curriculum and understand its use in a mixed-ability classroom
- Discuss spiral curriculum and its uses in the classroom
- Explain how differentiated instruction can be used to modify instruction to meet all students' needs
- Describe cross-curricular teaching and discuss its advantages and disadvantages
- Identify and describe cross-curricular teaching strategies
1. Spiral Curriculum: Definition & Example
'Spiral curriculum' may be a term that you haven't heard before, but you certainly have learned from such a curriculum in your own student life. This lesson will provide a definition of spiral curriculum as well as some examples of the educational tool in action.
2. What Is Differentiated Instruction? - Examples, Definition & Activities
This lesson explores the concept of differentiated instruction and how this approach to teaching takes into account the differences between learners and modifies instruction to meet the needs of all students. After completing the lesson, take the short quiz that follows.
3. Cross-Curricular Teaching Advantages & Disadvantages
Cross-curricular teaching is a teacher's approach to individual and classroom learning. This lesson examines the advantages and disadvantages of three cross-curricular strategies: fusion, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary.
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