Reimagining Curriculum

The Depth Behind Icebreakers

These icebreakers provide an opportunity to lay the groundwork for building relationships and identify the Habits of Mind that are critical behaviors for building the quality of those relationships.
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The Depth Behind Icebreakers

Learning Loss: Are We Defining the Problem Correctly?

Rather than asking, How can we make up for all of the content that was not covered?, we propose framing the problem differently around two key questions.
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Learning Loss: Are We Defining the Problem Correctly?

It’s Time for Curriculum Mapping 3.0

This post was first published on Solution Tree Blog and is reprinted with permission. Curriculum mapping is a well-established process...
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It’s Time for Curriculum Mapping 3.0

“I Like to Write, and So Do They”: How Our Beliefs Influence Our Students

Plus: Four Ideas for Promoting a Positive Attitude Toward Writing A stack of 1st grade how-to books caught my eye...
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“I Like to Write, and So Do They”: How Our Beliefs Influence Our Students

What Does It Mean to Reimagine Curriculum?

Curriculum is a creative act — a journey we design to inspire and excite our students.

This category features how educators are leading transformations of an individual course, subject area, or schooling with their students. The goal is to offer curricular space for students to imagine, create, and innovate; pay attention to detail, practice, hone skills; and work through challenges that require both perseverance and thinking flexibly. All three of these categories are significant and interrelated.

Ideally, personalized learning curricula:

  • Identify goals of learning based on state/ministry/national frameworks that is written in student-friendly language
  • Develop questions or challenges that encourage students to think, problem-solve, and imagine
  • Design performance or product opportunities that mirror what people in the field and communities do
  • Use existing and seek out new assessment/instructional resources to support the development of every learner.

The Depth Behind Icebreakers

These icebreakers provide an opportunity to lay the groundwork for building relationships and identify the Habits of Mind that are critical behaviors for building the quality of those relationships.

Learning Loss: Are We Defining the Problem Correctly?

Rather than asking, How can we make up for all of the content that was not covered?, we propose framing the problem differently around two key questions.

It’s Time for Curriculum Mapping 3.0

This post was first published on Solution Tree Blog and is reprinted with permission. Curriculum mapping is a well-established process for helping to ensure a "guaranteed" curriculum. Unlike a lesson plan that focuses on specific learning objectives for a single session, a curriculum map records curriculum content over time, often for an entire school year. Typically, a curriculum map identifies content (i.e., what will be taught), along with when, and for how long it will...

“I Like to Write, and So Do They”: How Our Beliefs Influence Our Students

Plus: Four Ideas for Promoting a Positive Attitude Toward Writing A stack of 1st grade how-to books caught my eye while students worked independently on their math sheets. One student, seated next to the stack, pointed to a black bin in the middle of their classroom library. "That’s where our published books are."¹ Taking the hint that the stack I had spied was not ready for a public audience, I walked over and sat next...

Deep Learning is Doable: Five Strategies for Supporting Deep Learning in Virtual Environments

  by Jay McTighe, Harvey Silver, and Matthew Perini Learning is learning, whether it occurs in a classroom, at a library, or within a virtual environment. But regardless of the venue, learning can vary—from superficial to substantive. We wrote this blog post because we know that so many teachers across the country are looking for ways to make online and hybrid learning more substantive and less superficial. In it, we’ll describe five specific and practical...

Heirlooms of Gratitude: Growing Opportunities and Skills through Culinary Enterprise

  "Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want." —Jim Rohn The CROP Foundation is a young organization, just finding its roots in the local community. Incorporating gratitude into the very foundation of the program helps students understand their larger role in the community ecosystem. CROP, which stands for "creating opportunities", was established by Chef Kip Poole in 2014, when he was working as a culinary arts...

What “Drives” Student Learning? What my son reminded me about teaching and learning

In this awkward era of "distance" or "virtual" learning, teachers have been forced to drastically change their teaching. They are working harder than ever to try to help their students and are turning to digital and media resources in an effort to provide information to students as an attractive alternative to handouts, textbooks, and other traditional classroom learning tools. Teachers are hunting down digital and media resources that already exist as well as spending hours...

Heart/Mind Questions Are A Personalized Learning Option

  Heart/Mind questions are a personalized learning option that honors the student’s process of learning at the moment teaching is occurring. To rob our students of this chance of self-discovery or reflection is to take away the power of the moment. For learning to be significant, it must be processed, reflected upon, and made authentic by our students’ own choices, by their own recognition of what is most important to them as they learn. In...

Planning For The Fall: First Steps to Co-Creating a Curriculum Story

Some might expect that as I head back to school this year that the only, singular thing on my mind is the worry of the Coronavirus. To acknowledge this, I would share that I am actively studying safety measures, and that I am fortunate to work in a school district that has methodically planned for our students’ safety. While I know that teaching in the time of a pandemic will feel new and perhaps, even...

Responsive Return Strategies: Crafting Fresh Approaches to Schedules, Grouping of Students and Teachers and Shaping Both Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces

Part 4 of a 4-Part Series By Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Allison Zmuda The summer of 2020 is not a vacation for many educators who continue to work tirelessly to engage with their community on how to open school for the upcoming year. Each school and district continues to receive guidance from state, ministry, and national governments which may change suddenly given the unpredictability of the pandemic. In addition, the reality of implementing governmental guidelines...