Reimagining Curriculum

Now More Than Ever… Clarify the Purpose Behind the Assignment

Have you ever gotten so busy "doing" things that you forget why you are doing things in the first place?...
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Now More Than Ever… Clarify the Purpose Behind the Assignment

Amplifying Student Voice During Remote Learning and in the Classroom

As we stretch ourselves in new ways to serve our learners remotely, relationships continue to be the important center of...
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Amplifying Student Voice During Remote Learning and in the Classroom

Remote Learning Experiences Map (AKA Be a filter, not a dump truck)

By Michael Fisher and Allison Zmuda Now that remote learning has been underway for a couple of weeks, we thought...
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Remote Learning Experiences Map (AKA Be a filter, not a dump truck)

Curriculum Triage: How Do We Manage the Instructional Challenge Right Now?

By Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Allison Zmuda   Right now as we write, there is a ten year old in...
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Curriculum Triage: How Do We Manage the Instructional Challenge Right Now?

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.

Now More Than Ever… Clarify the Purpose Behind the Assignment

Have you ever gotten so busy "doing" things that you forget why you are doing things in the first place? Many of my past students feel that that's what assigned homework feels like all the time; they're just doing work. Last week I was honored to receive an email from a former student. In this email, she reminded me of the power that purpose can have for learners: "You told us the key to succeeding...

Amplifying Student Voice During Remote Learning and in the Classroom

As we stretch ourselves in new ways to serve our learners remotely, relationships continue to be the important center of our work. When we find meaningful ways to amplify the voices of our students, we communicate to them that they are seen and what they have to say matters. For example, our son’s preschool teacher, Ms. Jill, does a daily Facebook Live Morning Meeting and Read Aloud. He loves to watch and give feedback with...

Remote Learning Experiences Map (AKA Be a filter, not a dump truck)

By Michael Fisher and Allison Zmuda Now that remote learning has been underway for a couple of weeks, we thought it would be a good time to turn down the volume a little and begin the process of focusing on quality over quantity. In our work with educators these last couple of weeks, we’ve observed a few things: Schedules and organization are still important. We want to continue to work on maintaining what we’ve built...

Curriculum Triage: How Do We Manage the Instructional Challenge Right Now?

By Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Allison Zmuda   Right now as we write, there is a ten year old in Seattle who has been at home for two weeks and the charm is wearing off. There is a 15 year old in New York who cannot join his buddies on the neighborhood basketball court outside for after school hoops because it is closed. In many households around the world, there is a quiet rumbling that...

#remotelearning- It’s Happening…

This post first appeared on Langwitches: The Magic of Learning and is reprinted with permission. So, it’s happening! After years of other priorities, cautious baby steps, technophobia or technology integration as substitution of the way we have traditionally taught and learned… IT’S HAPPENING. Many schools are being forced to close due to the spread of the Corona Virus, often with little or no preparation time. Administrators and teachers are working frantically to set up platforms...

5 Tips for Families as They Transition to Home Learning

With the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 prevention plans underway, many parents, guardians, and caregivers have suddenly found themselves in the role of the homeschool teacher. In some cases, schools are figuring out how they can best manage online learning. In other cases, schools are taking an extended spring break without sending learning materials home at all. In each case, adults are suddenly finding a lot of time with young people on their hands. I see...

Self-Discovery through Choice Boards

Self-discovery, one of the attributes of personalized learning, is when students learn more about themselves to help guide their experiences. By reflecting on choices, ideas, and learning, students learn how to manage themselves to optimize decisions regarding content, interactions with peers and teachers, and even the environment in which they choose to learn. While choice boards are an opportunity to elevate student voice, it is integral that they are used in a way that provides...

Our First Class Design Challenge

Typical practice in many high school English classrooms is to have students examine two opposing writer’s views on a debatable topic and then develop their own personal stances using supporting evidence. The debatable topics are current, rich in complexity, and typically engaging for students. I wanted to continue to push my own instructional pedagogy by venturing into design thinking inspired by The Introduction To Design Thinking from the Institute of Design at Stanford. I decided...

Imagining Personalized Learning as A Mosaic: How District Level Leaders Engaged with Stakeholders to Honor the Power and Complexity of Personalized Learning

By H. Alan Seibert and Curtis Hicks Alan Seibert has held leadership positions at the high, middle, and elementary levels in Salem City Schools over a 29 year career and is currently in his 14th school year as Division Superintendent. Find him on Twitter: @haseibert Curtis Hicks is currently in his 25th year in education. He has experience as a middle school teacher, a high school administrator, a high school principal, and a Director of...

Prioritizing Investigation and Choice in Student Learning

While I am definitely a learner in personalized learning, my revelation this week has been that we should "lean away" from unit design and lesson plan design that involves one master planner and “lean into" design that feels less structured, packaged, or "perfect" in its appearance. I am beginning to truly believe that if we intentionally only show our students the "bones" of our unit plans, rubrics, and lessons, we can more effectively invite students...