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Title: Curriculum Mapping: Improving Curriculum Communication


1
Curriculum Mapping Improving Curriculum
Communication
  • Jeanette Borich and Staci Mayer
  • Ankeny Elementary Schools
  • Ankeny, Iowa

2
The focus of this session
  • Mapping--an integration tool--the importance of
    making Connections
  • The 2nd grade curriculumintegration and
    assessment
  • Using sample maps to communicate about potential
    integration

3
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

4
Components of a Curriculum Unit Map
  • Essential QuestionsWhat is essential for the
    learner to explore?
  • Content
  • Skills
  • Assessments
  • Activities
  • Areas to integrate

5
Alignment and Integration
  • Alignment across elements
  • Correspondence among components?
  • Integration of skills?
  • Standards and Benchmarks
  • List included?
  • Guide the development of the unit?
  • Assessmentproducts or performances?
  • Activitiesbest practices?

6
Mapping provides opportunities
  • To gather information about what is taught
  • To acquaint all district educators with all
    taught curriculum
  • To examine data that indicates horizontal and
    vertical gaps in curriculum planning
  • To identify potential areas for teaming and
    integration if appropriate
  • To align the curriculum
  • To discuss timeliness of taught curriculum

7
Districts initial focus--several years ago
  • Established the districts essential questions
    and departmental standards
  • Month by month mapping with instructional
    activities included

8
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

9
Where we are going
  • Integrate reading, writing, problem solving
    skills
  • 7, Use technology to share maps with other
    teachers

10
K-12 programs strengthened
  • Articulation leads to proficiency in target
    languagemany teachers/styles of teaching.
  • Individual teachers can build on previous years
    with a K-12 overview.

11
Benefits for Teachers and Students
  • Helpful guide for new teachers
  • Maps identify gaps and repetitions
  • Activitiesa way to share teaching ideas
  • Potential to allow for teaming and integration
    among disciplines

12
elementary foreign language a rationale for
mapping
  • High-stakes testingWhen FLES connects to the
    core curriculum, student learning increases.

13
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 3.1reinforce/further knowledge of other
    disciplines through foreign language
  • Standard 3.2acquire information/viewpoints only
    available through foreign language and culture

14
Integration challenges
  • Complementing the curriculumwhen to teach
    similar topics
  • Time to share and communicate so that real
    integration can happen

15
A closer look 2nd grade
  • What we foundIs there evidence of integration?
  • Reviewing the maps
  • Dialogue journal assessment toolreview notes on
    assessment for alignment and integration
  • Can we improve the integration of the curriculum?

16
Using sample mapsa 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?
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