Outline for Curriculum Committee Plan Review of Grade 3 Curriculum A. Abstract B. Introduction C. Team members evaluate Grade 3 Curriculum based upon the following components: Flaws in the current curriculum based on baseline data and needs assessment Improvements for curriculum development regarding philosophy and goals set for implementation Goals and policies are determined for effective instructional design D. Flaws included in the current Grade 3 Curriculum: Student surveys are not conducted presently Teacher surveys are not completed at any time during the school year Past records are not taken into account by teachers at the school regarding curriculum development or implementation Schools in the county do not have curriculum committees that meet regularly Guiding questions are not provided with the curriculum Pacing guides are not presented to educators for implementation Key terms are not presented in the curriculum for students to understand Desired results are not determined nor assessed Assessment evidence involves mainly test scores rather than a variety of assessment tools Diverse learners are not taken into account with provided curriculum Philosophy regarding curriculum implementation is not stated Technology is not implemented into the math curriculum which is essential in today’s society E. Improvement in Philosophy Establish philosophy regarding math curriculum Determine what teachers believe their roles are when implementing math curriculum Determine beliefs of what students roles are when learning math curriculum Discuss attitudinal goals for implementing math curriculum Determine what type of school climate would enhance student’s understanding of math objectives Set a time for teachers to meet and discuss the progress of students and share ideas F. Improvement in Goal Setting Open communication essential for goal setting (weekly, monthly team meetings) Pacing Guides should be utilized Determine what students should understand for each goal set Determine ways to assess if students are understanding goals Motivational techniques for goals Key terms and big ideas mentioned for each goal Effective performance tasks and linking to prior knowledge should be discussed when setting goals Effective way of reporting student progress and challenging aspects of curriculum implementation G. Consider diversity of students when implementing goals Set goals and policies for instructional design Subject Matter o School Needs o Sequence in which the subject matter should be taught o Learning hierarchy o Teaching strategies utilized o Learner Characteristics Learner readiness o Learner Readiness Learning Environment o Varying learning environments o Well designed instructions o Learning Personalities o Learning Styles H. Conclusion References Danielson, C. (2002). Enhancing Student Achievement: A Framework for School Improvement. Alexandria: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Richard Overbaugh, “Instructional Design Taking the Teaching-Learning Process to a Higher Level” Quest, Vol 6, Issue 2. Wiles, J. & Bondi. J. (2007). Curriculum Development: A Guide to Practice. New Jersey. Pearson Prentice Hall. Wiggins, G. & McTighe, J. Understanding by Design. 2 nd edition. New Jersey. Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.
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