Galen Fellows

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Topic/purpose

To inform about the use of Layered Curriculum as well as to provide a framework for implementing this methodology into a course.

Learning Outcomes

The intent of this course is to provide educators with an alternative instructional technique known as Layered Curriculum. Learners will be able to:

  • List the purposes and benefits of using Layered Curriculum. (Verbal Information)
  • Identify the components of each of the three layers in a unit. (Verbal Information)
  • Associate different types of assignments with a specific layer based on Bloom's Taxonomy. (Intellectual Skills and Cognitive Strategies)
  • Create a unit of instruction using Layered Curriculum (Intellectual Skills)
  • Appreciate the benefits associated with using Layered Curriculum in order to differentiate instruction. (Attitudes)

Needs Assessment

Instructional Problem

Much of current educational research points toward the need to differentiate classrooms to allow for students to learn using their strengths. Unfortunately, a high level of differentiation is rarely achieved in classrooms due to a lack of time and / or motivation on the part of the students. Many students are "bored" in school in part because of a lack of challenge and the opportunity to collaborate on real-world problems. All of these issues are addressed with the inclusion of a different view on instruction. Layered Curriculum allows teachers to be able to tackle a wide variety of challenges that they are presented with on a daily basis in order to maximize the growth of all students. The presentation of information and the expectations that a teacher has of their students within such a setting can be tailored to meet the needs of the learners.

What is to be Learned?

Learners will be informed about the principles of Layered Curriculum as well as some research that supports its inclusion within a classroom. As learners delve deeper they will be exposed to a variety of assignments that would fall into each of the layers. After identifying the individual components of the layers, the learners will be provided with a framework to be used in developing their own Layered Curriculum unit plan.

The Learners

The learners for this course will be educators looking to expand their toolkit in regards to differentiated instruction or increasing the level of student ownership of coursework.

Context for Instruction

All learners will be engaging with the content through asynchronous online means so there will be little possibility for interaction between learners. Presentation of information will come through a variety of methods including readings, diagrams, videos, and examining samples in order to draw upon the differentiated nature of the content being explored.

Exploring the Instructional Problem and Solution

Learners will be exposed to the basic principles behind Layered Curriculum as well as design principles behind this teaching technique. As learners become familiarized with the purposes and benefits, they will begin to explore how to implement this methodology into their own instruction.

Goals of this Mini-Course

The primary goal of this course is to offer an alternative instructional technique that lends itself very well to differentiated instruction as well as increasing student ownership of assignments. By the end of this course, participants should be able to set up a unit incorporating Layered Curriculum as the primary means of instruction.

Performance Objectives

By the end of this mini course students will be able to

  • Identify the benefits of Layered Curriculum
  • Identify the role of instructor while using Layered Curriculum
  • Identify the role of the learner in a classroom using Layered Curriculum
  • Identify which layer a variety of assessments fit within a Layered Curriculum unit
  • Design a unit that implements Layered Curriculum

Task Analysis

Course Prerequisites

  • Teaching Experience
  • Knowledge of Content
  • Knowledge of Bloom's Taxonomy
  • Access to a variety of assessment strategies

Lesson One: What is Layered Curriculum?

By the end of this lesson you will be able to:

- Identify the benefits of Layered Curriculum.

Lesson Two: What does Layered Curriculum look like?

By the end of this lesson you will be able to:

- Identify the role of instructor while using Layered Curriculum.

- Identify the role of the learner in a classroom using Layered Curriculum.

Lesson Three: What goes in to a Layer?

By the end of this lesson you will be able to:

- Identify which layer a variety of assessments fit within a Layered Curriculum unit.

Assessment

The educator will create a unit that uses Layered Curriculum.

Curriculum Map

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References and Resources