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1 The Layered Curriculum Helen Porth Lexington Middle School Lexington, SC So Many Great Ideas, So Little Class Time

2 Frustrations in the Classroom 2 Classrooms: 2 Classrooms: Comatose Comatose Bouncing off the ceilings Bouncing off the ceilings It all sounds good, but its not realistic It all sounds good, but its not realistic

3 What I should be doing Multiple Intelligences Multiple Intelligences Learning Styles Learning Styles Literacy in the Content Area Literacy in the Content Area Blooms taxonomy Blooms taxonomy Technology Technology Prior Knowledge Connections Prior Knowledge Connections Student-led Discussions Student-led Discussions Accommodations for IEP students Accommodations for IEP students ESOL Students ESOL Students Cultural Diversity Cultural Diversity

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5 Here Comes Differentiated Instruction…. You want me to You want me to do what?!?!?!?

6 Layered Curriculum A Balancing Act in the Classroom It does not….. take away your teaching style It does…. put the burden back on the student (The Power of I is a BIG component of this curriculum. Student work is not accepted until it is done correctly.)

7 What A Unit Looks Like Layers Layers Based on Blooms Based on Blooms Assignments Assignments Based on Learning styles/Multiple Intelligences/Modalities Based on Learning styles/Multiple Intelligences/Modalities Point Values Point Values Based on the number of days/number of assignments Based on the number of days/number of assignments

8 From the students perspective: Choices Choices I just like the fact that we get to choose what we want to do. I just like the fact that we get to choose what we want to do. I like the part where we dont have to listen to the teacher talk. I like the part where we dont have to listen to the teacher talk. Engagement Engagement My favorite part about the layered units is that we are able to choose which activity we are more interested in. My favorite part about the layered units is that we are able to choose which activity we are more interested in. I like it because were doing something different everyday. I like it because were doing something different everyday. Organization Organization My favorite part of the layered unit was the way we keep everything in folders. My favorite part of the layered unit was the way we keep everything in folders. My favorite part was the different colors on the sheet. My favorite part was the different colors on the sheet.

9 Examples: Sample Units Sample Units Layered Curriculum books/workbooks Layered Curriculum books/workbooks My webpage: My webpage: https://www.edline.net/pages/Lexington_Middle _School/Classes/ https://www.edline.net/pages/Lexington_Middle _School/Classes/

10 Advice Letter to Parents before you start Letter to Parents before you start Work Together Work Together To plan To plan To implement --- split classes for activities To implement --- split classes for activities Folders/Binders – system for keeping up with work Folders/Binders – system for keeping up with work Grade Book Setup Grade Book Setup Power of I Power of I


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