Curriculum Terms and Concepts
Curriculum Terms and Concepts:
Elements of a complete Teaching Guide or Curriculum Plan
Familiarize yourself with these elements. Each element is linked to
an example of that element in the Sample Teaching Guide The Sample Teaching
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Switch back and forth between the examples and these descriptions.
Using the template to create your own guide.
- Aim: one sentence (more or less) description of overall
purpose of curriculum, including audience and the topic
- Rationale: paragraph describing why aim is worth achieving.
This section would include assessment of needs.
- Goals and objectives: list of the learning outcomes expected
from participation in the curriculum. This section includes a discussion
of how the curriculum supports national, state, and local standards.
- Audience and pre-requisites: describes who the curriculum
is for and the prior knowledge, skills, and attitudes of those learners
likely to be successful with the curriculum.
- Description of subject-matter: designation of what area
of content, facts, arena of endeavor, that the curriculum deals with.
(This is a further elaboration of the "topic" description in the Aim.)
- Instructional plan: describes the activities the learners
are going to engage in, and the sequence of those activities.
Also describes what the TEACHER is to do in order to facilitate those
activities. (This is like the traditional "lesson plan" except for a
curriculum it may include more than one lesson.)
- Materials: lists materials necessary for successful
teaching of the curriculum. Includes a list of web pages. Often, the
web site will NOT be the only materials needed by the students. They
may need books, tables, paper, chalkboards, calculators, and other tools.
You should spell these additional materials out in your teaching guide.
Also includes the actual materials (worksheets and web pages) prepared
by the curriculum developer, any special requirements for classroom
setup and supplies, and a list of any specific hardware and software
- Plans for assessment and evaluation: includes
plan for assessing learning and evaluating the curriculum as a whole.
May include description of a model project, sample exam questions, or
other elements of assessment. Also should include plan for evaluating
the curriculum as a whole, including feedback from learners.