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Curriculum Integration: Overcoming the Obstacles


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Having trouble achieving curriculum integration in your academy? In this session participants will learn about forms of curriculum integration and techniques to overcome obstacles.
Laura Fidler, National Academy Foundation

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Curriculum Integration: Overcoming the Obstacles

  1. 1. Curriculum Integration : Overcoming Obstacles Laura Fidler, NAF Instructional Manager
  2. 2. #nafnext
  3. 3. Continuum of Curriculum Integration BEGINNING INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED Single Subject Parallel (Paired) Interrelated Conceptual Two teachers share some topics, without team planning Several teachers plan to coordinate topics and instruction
  4. 4. #nafnext Forms of Curriculum Integration • Work-Based Learning  Skill Integration  Activity Integration • Content Integration (natural overlaps) • Activity/lesson integration • Culminating Project Integration
  5. 5. #nafnext Which of these is my biggest obstacle to achieving curriculum integration? • Teacher collaboration/buy-in? • Common planning time? – Curriculum content mapping with clear scopes & sequences? • Cohort scheduling? • Student engagement/cooperation?
  6. 6. #nafnext Overcoming Obstacles
  7. 7. Teacher buy-in
  8. 8. Engaging teachers • Team building • Start small – Curriculum access • Introduce content of NAF courses – Scope and Sequence – Culminating Project – Curriculum Integration suggestions • Common core standards • Look for „natural overlaps‟
  9. 9. #nafnext Lack of time
  10. 10. Addressing „time‟ • Start small – Curriculum access • Realistically assess how much time you have to do this. • Prioritize your goal(s) • Which form of curriculum integration can you realistically accomplish?
  11. 11. #nafnext Meeting Common Core Standards
  12. 12. Addressing ‘standards’ • Natural overlaps • NAF curriculum • Course objectives
  13. 13. #nafnext Scheduling and/or student cohorting
  14. 14. Tackling scheduling and/or student cohorting • Involve: – School counselor – School “scheduler” • WBL skill integration • Physical layout of classroom
  15. 15. #nafnext Common Planning time
  16. 16. #nafnext Overcoming lack of common planning time • Start small • Work with those who want to • Agendas to utilize time • Physical layout of classroom – academy culture
  17. 17. #nafnext Student engagement/cooperation
  18. 18. #nafnext Lack of student engagement/cooperation • Things to consider why this is happening:  Have you set clear guidelines for your assignment?  How do you evaluate your students‟ work? • Individual vs. group – are you grading the „end product‟ or the „process of getting there‟? • Harmful consequences?  In what way is your classroom culture playing a role in this? • Equitability - “Hogs vs. Logs” • Are „norms‟ established and is there accountability?  How do you group your students together? • Do you allow for mixed ability when high scaffolding is crucial? • Do you allow for ability-alike grouping when there are opportunities for growth and curricular extensions?
  19. 19. #nafnext What is one big “take-away” from today‟s session?
  20. 20. What are my next steps? What can I realistically implement given the obstacles I face at my academy?