Curriculum®, in a nutshell
Dr. Kathie F. Nunley
One of the
best aspects of Layered Curriculum is its flexibility. The model
was designed to be very open, to allow for you to fit it to
your teaching style and the needs of your particular classroom.
Remember, you only need 3 components to make a Layered Curriculum
Higher and More Complex Thinking
There are many, many ways to accomplish these components.
add Choice, remember it doesn't have to be in every learning
objective. Look for places to add choice whenever possible.
Start by adding a choice in homework one day this week, or a
choice in what type of quiz a student takes. Ultimately you
want to move up to providing choices in HOW they learn the specific
learning objectives for your course.
piece involves you looking for ways to hold students accountable
(the awarding of marks or points) for the actual learning of
the objective, not just "doing the assignment". This
adds tremendous transparency to your classroom. Let students
be aware (preferably in a written form) of what they are expected
to know or be able to do in order to pass off that objective.
Then after they complete the assignment, have them prove or
demonstrate they learned it. I like Oral Defense, but
it is not an essential component to a Layered Curriculum classroom,
so don't let that overwhelm you.
higher and more complex thinking, we add layers. Everyone
starts at the bottom layer with the more simple types of thinking
- rote, basic facts, etc. Then everyone progresses through layers,
each requiring a more complex thought process. The actual assignments
do not need to be more complex, but the thought process does.
In Layered Curriculum, this is accomplished by hooking your
grading scheme into the layers. So students must progress throughthe
layers in order to improve their grade in the unit of study.
final reminder - all students should be expected to attempt
all the Layers.
detailed information, read the text
"Layered Curriculum" or the new supplement "Enhancing
your Layered Curriculum Classroom".
F. Nunley is an educational psychologist, author, researcher
and speaker living in southern New Hampshire. Developer of the
Layered Curriculum® method of instruction, Dr. Nunley has
authored several books and articles on teaching in mixed-ability
classrooms and other problems facing today's teachers. Full
references and additional teaching and parental tips are available
at: http://Help4Teachers.com Email her:
Kathie (at) brains.org
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