Presentation on theme: "You are a Food Science student. It’s time to start a new vocabulary unit. Your teacher hands out a vocabulary list."— Presentation transcript:
You are a Food Science student. It’s time to start a new vocabulary unit. Your teacher hands out a vocabulary list.
Which activity would YOU choose? Re-write the list (RED) Create flashcards (BLUE) Illustrate a picture (YELLOW) Record the vocabulary words on your MP3 player (GREEN) Complete a crossword puzzle (ORANGE) Find & underline the words in a reading (BLACK)
LAYERED CURRICULUM INSTRUCTIONAL MODEL Giving Students Choice in the Classroom:
Some findings from brain research NOVELTY is important Stress makes it difficult for us to remember information
Some findings from brain research The brain relaxes if we have CHOICES
What is the Layered Curriculum model? “Dr Kathie Nunley's Layered Curriculum® is a simple method for differentiating instruction in classrooms for all grade levels, and remains the only differentiated instructional method ORIGINALLY designed for high school classrooms.” “Based on current brain-imaging information, Layered Curriculum is a fun and effective student- centered teaching method. This 3-layer model of differentiated instruction encourages complex thinking and holds students highly accountable for their learning.” --help4teachers.com
Please work with a partner to identify key words from this definition: “Dr Kathie Nunley's Layered Curriculum® is a simple method for differentiating instruction in classrooms for all grade levels, and remains the only differentiated instructional method ORIGINALLY designed for high school classrooms.” “Based on current brain-imaging information, Layered Curriculum is a fun and effective student- centered teaching method. This 3-layer model of differentiated instruction encourages complex thinking and holds students highly accountable for their learning.” --help4teachers.com
Why Layered Curriculum? Why now? Many students are disengaged
Why Layered Curriculum? Why now? Students need to develop application & critical analysis skills to deal with a complex world
Why Layered Curriculum? Why now? One-size-fits- all models do NOT work for today’s diverse students
Layered Curriculum as umbrella model Differentiated instruction Cooperative Learning Multiple Intelligences Interdisciplinary teaching Rigor & Relevance
The crux of Layered Curriculum is CHOICE You just finished reading an article on fats. With a partner, create 3 follow-up activities.
1 st -Level: Basic Knowledge & Skills General understanding of the topic Develop basic skills
1 st -Level: Examples Vocabulary lists Flashcards Illustrate vocabulary Vocabulary games Reading comprehension questions
1 st -Level: Examples Math problems Fill-in the blanks Current event Game
1 st -Level: Examples Explanation of class notes Team reads Listening comprehension activities Video worksheets
1 st -Level: Examples Station activities Quia quizzes Online skills practice Flashcards
2 nd -Level: Application Apply & manipulate information and skills
2 nd -Level: Examples Create a brochure Create postcard Write a letter to a friend Write a poem
2 nd -Level: Examples Participate in a videoconference Complete a webquest Write a poem Write a short story
3 rd -Level: Analysis Students think CRITICALLY about the content *Interdisciplinary connections Open-ended projects
3 rd -Level: Examples ECONOMICS-- Create & explain a budget (in euros) for a trip you plan to take to Spain.
3 rd -Level: Examples ART & GEOGRAPHY-- Locate 5 museums in Europe that house works by VanGogh. Choose one work and explain and analyze it.
3 rd -Level: Examples HISTORY-Investigate the influence of various immigrant groups as they came to the US throughout the 19 th and 20 th centuries. Choose 5 words that became part of American culture due to the contributions of these immigrants.
3 rd -Level: Examples ARCHITECTURE- Choose one building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania. Describe it and explain how it utilizes five mathematical concepts and incorporates local, natural elements.
Unit Sheets How Layered Curriculum model is operationalized Divided into 1 st, 2 nd, and 3 rd levels
Unit Sheets Students choose from a variety of assignments in each level
Unit Sheets Maximum # of points / section Students complete assignments based on their personal grade goal
Unit Sheets Each layer will have a due date.
Homework in Layered Curriculum Model Students determine what they should do for homework based on completion dates & deadlines
Assessment in Layered Curriculum Model Use of rubrics 3 rd -Level assignments graded like traditional projects
Assessment in Layered Curriculum Model Regular quizzes, tests, performance assessments The UNIQUE feature…
The Oral Defense Students PROVE what they know in one-on-one interview with teacher
The Oral Defense Accountability for 1 st -Level assignments Eliminates busy work, copying, cheating
The Oral Defense Teacher connects multiple times per week with EVERY student
The Oral Defense Student chooses when he/she is ready for oral defense
Second Chance/Mastery Learning Students may “re-do” oral defense until they meet their target grade
The Oral Defense If a student can’t explain it, he/she doesn’t get credit
Some practical advantages… Students are in control of their grades Students (parents) know EXACTLY what to expect