|Topic 2: Planning for Technology Based Instruction|
Thematic Planning-Integrated Instruction
How do you think about curriculum? Do you see each subject as unique? Do you see skills as separate and discrete?
Do you see the connections between curricular areas so that language arts, social studies, science, the arts, mathematics, and technology all integrate and support each other as part of a total learning process?
In the thematic planning process curriculum is planned based on global concepts and themes that you want your students to understand. All areas of the curriculum are integrated in a natural way as they relate to the global theme. For example, if you teach United States History, the novels your students read would relate to the period of history being studied. Science concepts would be appropriate to that period of history. Eighth grade teachers might plan the Civil War period together. In Language Arts students might read the RED BADGE OF COURAGE. In social studies students might research the causes of the Civil War and compare them to our modern social concerns. In science students might study the physics involved in military science. In art students might study art of the Civil War period, etc. A technology project could be a web page, or multimedia project about the Civil War period that integrates all subject areas. All curriculum is based on content standards, and assessment is built into the learning process throughout the duration of the unit of study. The learning needs and learning styles of all students are considered, and all students are given the opportunity to be successful learners.
Collaborating With Other Teachers
There are many online resources for teachers. These include educational chat rooms and Multiuser Virtual Environments such as Tapped In,
Try joining Tapped In. Membership is free. You may use me as your reference when you fill out the application form. Tapped In has wonderful resources and excellent After School Online discussions. See their Event Calendar for topics, dates and times. If you click on a topic you will get detailed information on that topic. If you scroll to the top of that information page They have a wonderful Social Studies forum and an excellent early literacy discussion group, There are also excellent math, and art science discussion groups. This is a great way to link up with teachers from all over the world.
There are also many wonderful educator listservs that provide answers to curriculum questions, support groups for subject and grade levels, and excellent resources. Some of these include:
The Reading Teacher Listserv: http://web.syr.edu/~djleu/RTEACHER/directions.html (Choose Online Communities from this link)
Global Schoolhouse : http://www.globalschoolnet.org/GSH/lists/index.html
Other listservs are listed at: http://www.tappedin.sri.com/info/emailgroups.html
Try joining one of these listservs.
Taking a Look at How We Teach
Think about how you usually plan curriculum. What drives what you teach and how you teach it?
instruction should be linked to core curriculum and be multi-disciplinary.
As educators we must assure that our curriculum is based upon rigorous
|Information in the above chart is from CTAP SCORE Workshop at San Diego County Office of Education 1/15/99 by Elaine Irish and Sandy Silberman.|
you plan your curriculum, determine what to understand and do as a result
of curriculum you are planning. This means what is it that you want your
students to understand about what they will study and how that understanding
will affect their lives.