Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Curriculum Mapping 101

Curriculum Mapping 101 – Gurnee,
IL with Dr. Susan Udelhofen

Why should we do mapping?

  • Allows for conversation between

  • Is a “professional”
    thing to do – gives credibility and value to our work 

  • Helps find gaps ad redundancies in
    the curriculum 

  • Is a communication tool in school and in community

Research that supports.  Looked at mentoring, professional
development and school improvement plans; 4 common goals.

  • Collaboration

  • Reflection 

  • Shared vision for professional.

  • Focus on student learning

Major change in idea of how to "do" school

  • Curriculum is not an individual
    thing – close my door and teach 

  • Maps become public 

  • Curriculum is not finished – put on the shelf waiting
    for the next revision;Revision is on-going and dynamic

What is curriculum mapping? List:

  • Content

  • Skills

    • Assessed, observed and described

    • Using action verbs

    • Not an activity – find the skills within the activity
    • Assessment

      • Every skill should be assessed, but doesn’t have to
        be assessed individually
      • Needs to be tangible – observations should be written

      • Standards

      • Essential questions
        • Not recommended if you don’t already do them.

Two types of maps

    • Projected – think about the year in advance

    • Journal/diary – record what happened at the end of the

Mapping Process

    • Complete individual maps - Every teacher needs to complete
      their own map – not a collaboration

    • Review groups of maps – above and below your level

    • Share reviews with colleagues

    • In a large group, share reviews.

    • Develop an action plan – some can be easy immediate
      changes, others may need research

    • Implement the action plan

The magic of mapping is when the review and sharing happens. It isn’t a personal curriculum anymore. Change happens -  Enthusiasm is contagious - Teachers are collaborating, reflecting,
creating a shared vision and focusing on students

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