Five Quick Tips for Designing Layered Curriculum(R)
Dr Kathie Nunley, 2017
It's often helpful to
begin your design with the A Layer. That way you have established
in your mind what the essential questions for the unit are.
Keep the units short.
This is especially important if you are new to Layered Curriculum.
My suggestion for new Layered Curriculum teacher's is to keep units
to no longer than one week. Even experienced Layered Curriculum
teachers should try to keep units at 2 weeks or under.
When designing your
C- layer assignments, make sure you have first written the learning
objectives. Many teachers start by listing assignment options, without
really understanding what the learning objectives for the unit need
to be. Don't put the cart before the horse.
Number four .
Don't be afraid to try
building a project-based Layered Curriculum unit. In a project-based
unit, such as a science fair display, the actual display or project
becomes the B-layer assignment. The C-layer will then consist of
the assignments orresearch required to put the project together.
The A-Layer then is an evaluation piece after the projects are displayed.
Remember that Layered
Curriculum unit design is front-loaded from the teacher's standpoint.
This means that the teacher will put a lot of time energy and thought
into the design of the unit. But what this leaves you with is time,
during class, to play the role of learning facilitator.
Dr Kathie Nunley is an educational psychologist, researcher and
author of several books on parenting and teaching, including A Student's
Brain (Brains.org) and the best selling, "Differentiating the High
School Classroom" (Corwin Press). She is the developer of the Layered
Curriculum® method of instruction and has worked with parents and
educators around the world to better structure schools to make brain-friendly
environments. In addition, her work has been used by the Boeing
Corporation, Family Circle Magazine, the Washington Post, and ABC
her: Kathie (at) brains.org