Thursday, April 9, 2009
Mapping the Process
Mapping curriculum, as suggested by Heidi Hayes Jacobs, aligns well with the concept Wiggins and McTighe define in their Understand by Design book. Both researchers utilize essential questions to guide the process in determining the curriculum , and share the belief that inquiry is the best practice for increasing depth of knowledge. I am sold on the idea of developing the curriculum at the classroom level, involving teachers from the ground up to truly build an implemented curriculum, not an intended curriculum. As an online mapper myself, I have learned first hand the benefits of projection mapping, diary mapping and read-throughs with staff. These stages in the mapping process have guided us in making data driven decisions about curriculum, assessments and interventions. I invite others to share their experiences with me regarding the mapping process and how it has evolved within your professional learning communities. Have you had any successes? What have been the challenges you faced as an administrator, teacher, or district leader?