Dr. Kathie F. Nunley
way to differentiate instruction and teach in mixed-ability classrooms
is with a simple method called Layered Curriculum. Developed by
Kathie Nunley, a former high school teacher in Salt Lake City, the
method allows students to learn at their own pace, mostly in their
preferred learning modality and still demands the highest accountability
divides an instructional unit into 3 layers, called C, B and A.
The C layer consists of a wide variety of assignment choices with
teach basic facts, skills, vocabulary and technique. The B layer
offers an assortment of projects and labs and other problem solving
activities which allow students to demonstrate an application of
the knowledge and skills gained in the C layer. The A layer requires
students to critically analyze a current issue in the real world
which relates to the unit of study. Students work their way through
the various layers which then determine their earned mark of a C,
B or A grade.
include lecture, problem solving, textbook reading, computer work,
videos, worksheets, artwork, models, demonstrations and research.
is paramount to Layered Curriculum, as students are awarded points
only for learning rather than simply "doing" assignments. This is
accomplished through individual oral defense, or small group discussion
of all assignments.
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