To construct curricula with mapping and in the UbD format in order to promote higher order thinking skills, engage students in authentic performance assessment tasks, generate transfer and application of knowledge all of which improve student achievement as measured on criterion referenced tests such as the ASK3-8, teacher made tests, performance assessments.
Calendar-based curriculum mapping is a procedure for collecting and maintaining an operational data base of the curriculum in a school or district. Curriculum mapping provides the basis for authentic examination.
Module 1, Figure 1
Sample Curriculum Map Slide from: http://sites.google.com/site/curriculummapld6/ Essential Questions Content (noun) Skills (verb) Assessment Activities August September October November December
Phase 1 – Collecting the data (identify content (essential concepts and topics), processes and skills, the products and performances that are the assessments of learning.
Phase 2 – First Read-Through- individually look for repetitions, gaps, meaningful assessments, matches with standards, potential areas for integration and timeliness. Reader simply spots area that needs work
Phase 3 – Mixed Group Review Session – teachers share what they found in phase 2
Phase 4 – Large Group Review – post findings, site emerging patterns
Phase 5 – as large group determine those points that can be revised immediately. What are glaring repetitions that can be addressed?
Phase 6 – Determine points that require long-term research and development? For example, is there a gap in a series of assessments between elementary and middle school. Map out grade level topics, eliminate repetitions and gaps and AGREE
Phase 7 – The review cycle continues. After implementation of curriculum, meet to review horizontally and vertically.