I am a graduate student at the University of Albany in the Curriculum Design and Instructional Technology Program. I am a public school teacher in New York and I teach 3rd and 4th grade in a multi-aged classroom. I am certified in 1-6 general and special ed. One day I hope to work as a specialist for a district helping classroom teachers and grade levels to revamp their curriculum and instruction based on research and evidence-based practices. I currently teach in a program that has its roots in Montessori or Waldorf models. Our four cornerstones are:
- Multi-aged Classrooms
- Parent Involvement
- Integrated Curriculum
- Nature Appreciation
My Topic and Purpose
The topic of this course is integrated curriculum. Teaching an integrated curriculum allows for deeper understanding and allows students to draw upon their strengths to support their weaker areas. Teaching all subjects in a way that draws upon the rest allows for a deep and memorable understanding that students can apply outside of single scenarios because the skills were not taught in isolation.
Analysis of the Learner and Context
Define course-level target objectives
Elaborate and analyze the objectives to identify more specific enabling and supporting objectives.
Map out the sequence of learning units and activities to achieve the defined objectives.