The Curriculum Corner

Summer Edition 2022

The New Curriculum Coaching Team Prepares for the 22-23 School Year

The coaches have been busy reviewing curriculum units and learning about the importance of transfer goals (the ultimate goals - what we want students to be able to do when confronted with new challenges) when designing curriculum for modern learning. They are getting geared up to facilitate monthly PLC meetings to create a common framework for assessment tasks, discuss curricular priorities while also establishing a department mission and vision.


The team consists of the following teacher leaders:


ELA: Lynn Barrett (BTHS)

History: Jessica Cappadona (MAST)

Math: Justine Lane (CHS)

Science: Danielle Jensen (BTHS)

World Language: Emily Lagrotteria-Petrillo (HTHS)

CTE Full Time: Wendy Green (MAST)

Shared Time: Tim Lutcza (CEC)

Planning Backward from Transfer Goals & Our Mission

A modern curriculum should prepare students to transfer their learning to new situations and problems. That's why this year curriculum coaches will really be focusing on helping teachers craft transfer goals for their curricula. To create transfer goals, it's crucial that departments first come to a consensus on their long term goals, graduate outcomes and ultimate vision for their department. These will help to inform the transfer goals for the curriculum.


Check out some great examples of transfer goals here.


McTighe's Leading Modern Learning provides some excellent examples of departmental mission statements:


*The mission of the history department is to develop learners who independently able to:

- use knowledge of patterns in history to better understand the present and prepare for the

future.

-critically appraise historical claims and analyze contemporary issues.

- participate as an active and civil citizen in a democratic society.


*The mission of the math department is to develop learners who are independently able to:

- effectively use strategies and sound mathematical reasoning to tackle never before seen problems involving real world and theoretical challenges.

- develop and critique arguments based on mathematical or statistical claims and evidence.

Teaching Students to Self-Assess

To promote students’ ability to construct meaning and understanding through formative assessment, Grant Wiggins (2018) identified numerous actions teachers can take such as, requiring students to self-assess their present work as well as their previous work. For students to authentically self-assess their work, meaningful, actionable, and in-time feedback is essential. When students have the opportunity to self-assess and then reflect on trends, they become aware of areas of strength and areas for improvement. Additionally, teachers gain insight into students’ levels of understanding, knowledge, and skills. Using the insights gained from students’ self-assessments, teachers can guide students in setting learning goals and next steps for learning.


Building in questions to prompt reflection halfway through the academic year will help students to consider the progress that they are making and next steps. Questions might include the following:


  • What are the strengths of this project so far?
  • What are areas of improvement?
  • What feedback will help me to make those improvements?
  • What is my next step and how will I accomplish it?

Rubrics and Reflection: Rubrics facilitate self-assessment and reflection. As students use the established criteria to measure their progress, they can use this information to self-adjust, make corrections, and plan next steps. The use of rubrics to promote self-assessment is supported by teacher and peer feedback during work in progress.

Charting Patterns in Reflection: Technology is a valuable tool in self-reflection and for charting and for graphing patterns in areas of strength and areas for growth. For example, students can reflect upon their test results, feedback on writing assignments, and projects or reports. They can note areas of strength and areas for improvement in a spreadsheet or Google form which can be easily converted into a visual chart or graph


Copyright to Stronge & Associates Educational Consulting, LLC, 2022

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District Department PLC Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 21st, 2:30pm

This is an online event.

Be on the look out for a Google invitation from your curriculum coach for the first department meeting!

Diversity PD Workshop

Wednesday, Nov. 2nd, 3:30pm

94 Drs James Parker Boulevard

Red Bank, NJ

Save the date! More information coming soon!

Great Reads for Pleasure and for the Profession

Assessing Student Learning by Design, Jay McTighe & Steve Ferrara

Leading Modern Learning, Jay McTighe & Greg Curtis

The Power of Moments, Chip Heath & Dan Heath