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 using an integrated curriculum allows for:
- deeper understanding
- students to draw upon their strengths to support their weaker areas
- generalization of skills
- internalizing skills/ retention of knowledge
- student-focused learning
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.