Curriculum Mapping Improving Curriculum
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Curriculum Mapping: Improving Curriculum Communication Jeanette Borich and Staci Mayer Ankeny Elementary Schools Ankeny, Iowa The focus of this session • Mapping--an integration tool--the importance of making Connections • The 2nd grade curriculum—integration and assessment • Using sample maps to communicate about potential integration Curriculum Mapping Defined A calendar-based technique for recording curriculum (content, skills, assessments, and essential questions) Allows data analysis of the “fit” between curriculum and assessment Assists teachers in identifying gaps and repetitions within curriculum Components of a Curriculum Unit Map • Essential Questions— What is essential for the learner to explore? • Content • Skills • Assessments • Activities • Areas to integrate Alignment and Integration § Alignment across elements Correspondence among components? Integration of skills? § Standards and Benchmarks List included? Guide the development of the unit? § Assessment—products or performances? § Activities—best practices? Mapping provides opportunities • To gather information • To identify potential about what is taught areas for teaming and • To acquaint all district integration if educators with all appropriate taught curriculum • To align the • To examine data that curriculum indicates horizontal • To discuss timeliness and vertical gaps in of taught curriculum curriculum planning District’s initial focus--several years ago… • Established the district’s essential questions and departmental standards • Month by month mapping with instructional activities included Current focus 3. Revise and refine to align assessments, skills, content 4. Participate in data analysis for reading and problem solving 5. Learn use of Curriculum Compass Where we are going • Integrate reading, writing, problem solving skills 7, Use technology to share maps with other teachers K-12 programs strengthened • Articulation leads to proficiency in target language—many teachers/styles of teaching. • Individual teachers can build on previous years with a K-12 overview. Benefits for Teachers and Students • Helpful guide for new teachers • Maps identify gaps and repetitions • Activities—a way to share teaching ideas • Potential to allow for teaming and integration among disciplines elementary foreign language: a rationale for mapping High-stakes testing— When FLES connects to the core curriculum, student learning increases. National Standards for Foreign Language Learning • Goal 3--connecting with other disciplines empowers students to acquire knowledge in different ways and skills that open new doors Standard 3.1—reinforce/further knowledge of other disciplines through foreign language Standard 3.2—acquire information/viewpoints only available through foreign language and culture Integration challenges • Complementing the curriculum—when to teach similar topics • Time to share and communicate so that real integration can happen A closer look: 2nd grade • What we found—Is there evidence of integration? Reviewing the maps Dialogue journal assessment tool—review notes on assessment for alignment and integration • Can we improve the integration of the curriculum? Using sample maps—a small group activity • What did you learn as you looked at this map? • What info helps you as the foreign language teacher/designer of curriculum? • How would you use the map and Goal 3 of the National Standards to build your own map? Improve your second language program?