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Mapping the Big Picture. Escambia High School Escambia County School District August 10, 2007. Major Concerns for Teachers. FCAT preparation FCIM Documentation Learning Gains. Bridge to Success. Curriculum Mapping. What is possible with the information on the maps?.

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mapping the big picture

Mapping the Big Picture

Escambia High School

Escambia County School District

August 10, 2007

major concerns for teachers
Major Concerns for Teachers
  • FCAT preparation
  • FCIM
  • Documentation
  • Learning Gains
what would you be able to do if you had this information1
What would you be able to do if you had this information?
  • Identify benchmarks that were taught
  • Adjust teaching of benchmarks
  • Identify weak areas
  • Identify missing/overlooked benchmarks
  • Adjust master schedule for next year
  • Adjust FCIM focus
what is a curriculum map
What Is A Curriculum Map?
  • A curriculum map is a calendar-based record of what really happens in a classroom; it is not a curriculum guideor educational philosophy
  • Maps are used for communication, short and long-term planning, and as a teacher training tool

If you don’t have time

To do it right –

When do you have time

To do it over?

Roger Taylor, 1996

beginning steps1
Beginning Steps

Diary Mapping

second step consensus maps
Second Step – Consensus Maps

Review! Review! Review!

what information do we collect on the map
What Information Do We Collect On The Map?
  • Essential Questions
escambia county school district website www escambia k12 fl us
Escambia County School District Website
  • Log on to the district website
  • Select the icon for Departments and Resources, which is located on the left side of the home page
  • Select Staff Development
  • Select Download Forms
  • Scroll through the forms listed, and select Curriculum Mapping Templates.
mapping the content
Mapping The Content
  • What are you teaching each month?
  • List the content, using nouns: a topic, a theme, a problem, an issue or works.
important points
Important Points
  • Enter only what you have taught.
  • Honesty is important.
  • Enter your data alone.
mapping skills
Mapping Skills
  • List after content.
  • Use action verbs.
  • Focus on student skills not teacher activities.
skills vs activities
Calculate the area, volume and mass of an object.

Determine the cause of the Protestant Reformation.

Answer the questions at the end of the chapter.

Do the even problems in the addition of fractions.

Skills vs. Activities
use bloom s taxonomy
Use Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Use the verbs of Bloom’s to describe student skills.
  • Match level of skills to FCAT items.
  • Work from lower level skills to higher order thinking skills.
skills are displayed on the map
Skills Are Displayed On The Map:

Precise skills can be:

  • Assessed
  • Observed
  • Described in specific terms
mapping assessments
Mapping Assessments
  • What will the student perform or produce?

Project – Chapter test – Performance Test

  • Connect assessments with skills
  • Use nouns or noun phrases
  • Assessment demonstrates learning.
  • Assessment gives evidence of skill and process development.
  • Do you assess at the consumer level or the producer level?
consumer vs producer levels
Consumer Level

Interview for info

Read for info

Make note cards

Label a map.

Producer Level

Analyze validity

Determine causes

Critique a work

Write a position

Discuss an issue.

Consumer vs Producer Levels
assessment examples
Journal Entry: “A Day in the Life of a Homeless Person”

Quiz on the various forms of art



Lab assignments



Oral presentations

Chapter tests

Literature discussions


Assessment Examples
assessments are the major products and performances
Assessments Are The Major Products And Performances

Assessment is observable evidence of:

1)Tangible Products

2)Observable Performances

critique your assessments
Critique Your Assessments
  • Have you assessed at the consumer or producer level?
  • Have you used age-appropriate assessments?
  • Where’s the rigor?
an essential question is the heart of the curriculum
An Essential Question Is The Heart Of The Curriculum
  • If your class is about to start a study of the U.S. Constitution for four weeks, as the curriculum writer you need to ask. “ What are the concepts that my students should investigate about the constitution in four weeks? What should they remember and reflect on a year from now?
essential questions1
Essential Questions

What do you want students to remember a year from now?

essential questions2
Essential Questions

What questions will open the door to understanding and facilitate the understanding “to stick”?

my essential questions are
My Essential Questions are:
  • What is an Essential Question?
  • How do you write Essential Questions?
  • What is your school’s plan for Curriculum Mapping?
essential questions are productive for children
Essential questions are productive for children
  • When a teacher or group of teachers selects a question to frame and guide a curricula design, it is a declaration of intent. This is our focus for learning.
  • Essential questions are an exceptional tool for clearly and precisely communicating the pivotal points of the curriculum
  • They act as “mental velcro”
what you design is what you get
What you design is what you get!
  • You are probing with your students
  • Traditional Question: What are the three branches of government as organized in the constitution?
  • Essential Question: How is the constitution the backbone structure of America?
when designing the curriculum
When Designing The Curriculum:







  • What is the purpose of the unit?
  • Given the amount of time we have to work on a topic; What is essential for us to examine, explore, learn?
  • If you use essential questions the retention rate for kids doubles. Kids read words unless they know the essence of what they are looking for.
  • What you design is what you get?
what you design is what you get1
What you design is what you get!
  • EQs spark new questions.
  • EQs should recur throughout the course.
  • EQs are interesting and provide an avenue for alternative views.
what you design is what you get2
What you design is what you get!
  • Behind any EQ a student needs to provide justification. The best EQs are arguable.
  • EQs transfer an idea from one setting to other settings.
example in practice
Example In Practice
  • An assignment could be:
  • As you read Chapter 2, determine what you think were the major contributions of Egyptians?
about essential questions
About Essential Questions
  • A teacher structures a unit around 2-5 essential questions.
  • The questions are the scope and sequence of the unit.
  • They go to the heart of the subject’s history, arguments, and insights.
  • They must engage and interest the learner.
examples of essential questions
Examples of Essential Questions
  • How and why do things in nature fly?
  • How does flight impact humans?
  • What is snow?
  • How does snow affect people?
  • How will I ever learn to multiply?
  • Where will I ever use multiplication?
essential questions3
Essential Questions
  • What is the difference between a scientific fact, a scientific theory, and a strong opinion?
  • What should we eat and why should we eat it?
  • To what extent is DNA destiny?
essential questions4
Essential Questions
  • How do we hit with greatest power without losing control?
  • How important is follow-through for distance and speed?
  • What kind of practice “makes perfect”?
essential questions5
Essential Questions
  • What ideas can we express through dance?
  • In what ways to artists express what they think and feel?
  • Why should readers regularly monitor their comprehension?
  • Compare examples (+) and non-examples (-) of a concept.
  • Identify the distinguishing characteristics of each.
  • Test your theory against new cases.
  • Refine your concept definition.
  • Contrast fractional numbers with decimal numbers.
mathematics predictive statistics
Mathematics – Predictive Statistics
  • Determine the line of best fit for data to interpret patterns and make predictions.
  • EQ: Can you predict the future? What will happen next? How sure are you?
  • What’s new and what’s old? Have we run across this idea before?
  • Is everything quantifiable? Why or Why not?
  • What is the value of place value?
  • What are possible sources of measurement error in this experiment/problem?
mathematics systems of equations
Mathematics – Systems of Equations
  • What’s new and what’s old? Have we run across this idea before?
  • Which method would be the most efficient for solving the given system? Justify your decision.
for example
For Example . . .

Everyday Physics: Transportation Safety

  • How can cars, boats, and airplanes become safer for passengers?
  • How can principles of force and motion help driver effectiveness and safety?
  • Are safety and speed compatible?
for example1
For Example . . .


  • What is intelligence?
  • How has intelligence evolved?
  • How is intelligence measured?
  • Is intelligence solely a human phenomenon?
  • How will intelligence be altered?
ancient egypt land of the pharaohs
ANCIENT EGYPT: Land of the Pharaohs
  • Why Egypt?
  • What were major contributions of the Ancient Egyptians?
  • What is their legacy?
writing essential questions
Writing Essential Questions
  • Pick a topic for your subject
  • Be creative
  • Write 2 – 5 questions
writing essential questions resources
Writing Essential QuestionsResources
  • ; go to resources; UBD related websites; stage 1 EQs

Santa Rosa County

district initiative
District Initiative
  • The expectation is that every school will be involved in curriculum mapping.
  • Curriculum mapping is to be supported by every department.
  • Curriculum Mapping is part of the continuous improvement process as we streamline what we are doing.
  • Every student gets the best possible education from grades K-12, guaranteed!