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Course: Curriculum Issues in Alternative Education
   
Code: ALTE 616
   
Semester: Spring 2004
   
Instructor: Dr. Jessica Bowman


Reflection

I have learned a lot about an introduction to curriculum issues in alternative education settings. Every topic in this course has been provided me the meaningful knowledge and understanding of instructional design in the classroom. Through this course, I will be able to prepare the effective classrooms and environments which can positively promote success for at-risk students as well as regular students in the school setting. In addition, this course also taught me about the best practices that can positively affect curriculum, instruction, and assessment in order to help students succeed in the State and National Standards.

This course also provided me the opportunity to learn and explore about the social skills. This issue is very important for me as an educator to understand the positive effect of teaching social skills as part of the curriculum. Teaching social skills as part of the curriculum enables students to learn and understand a set of skills needed in order to manage any life tasks successfully, such as learning, communicating effectively, and building relationships.


Books
Tomlinson, C. (2001). How to differentiate instruction in mixed-ability classrooms. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.


Unit 1 - What’s Curriculum?

   Assignment1_Definition of Curriculum
   Assignment1_Definition of Curriculum
   Assignment2_Curriculum Leadership and Leader
   Assignment2_Curriculum Leadership and Leader

Resources
Toward an Integrated Curriculum http://vocserve.berkeley.edu/ST2.1/TowardanIntegrated.html
Integrated Curriculum http://www.nwrel.org/scpd/sirs/8/c016.html
New Needs, New Curriculum http://www.ascd.org/cms/objectlib/ascdframeset/index.cfm? publication=http://www.ascd.org/publications/ed_lead/200312/toc.html


Unit 2 - Scaffolding

   Assignment1_Elements of Scaffolding
   Assignment1_Elements of Scaffolding
   Assignment2_Scaffolding Strategy
   Assignment2_Scaffolding Strategy
   Assignment3_Encouraging Student
   Assignment3_Encouraging Student
   Unit_2_Threaded Discussion
   Unit_2_Threaded Discussion

Resources
Scaffolded Instruction http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/res/literacy/lit_ins4.html
Scaffolding for Success http://fno.org/dec99/scaffold.html
Scaffolding: A Powerful Tool in Social constructivist Classrooms http://ed-web3.educ.msu.edu/literacy/papers/paperlr2.htm


Unit 3 - What’s Curriculum Mapping?

   Assignment_Curriculum Mapping
   Assignment_Curriculum Mapping
   Unit 3_Threaded Discussion
   Unit 3_Threaded Discussion

Resources
Mapping the Big Picture: Integrating Curriculum and Assessment K-12 http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/1997jacobs/1997jacobstoc.html


Unit 4 - What’s Differentiated Instruction?

   Assignment_Differentiated Instruction
   Assignment_Differentiated Instruction

Resources
What is differentiated Instruction? http://www.scusd.edu/gate_ext_learning/differentiated.htm
The Differentiated Classroom http://www.ascd.org/pdi/demo/diffinstr/tomlin99book.html


Unit 5 - Instructional and Management Strategies

   Assignment1_Lesson Plan
   Assignment1_Lesson Plan
   Assignment2_Five Practices
   Assignment2_Five Practices
   Reflections_Differences between Traditional and Differentiated
   Reflections_Differences between Traditional and Differentiated

Resources
Differentiated Instruction http://k12.albemarle.org/Technology/DI/


Unit 6 - Curriculum-Based Assessment

   Assignment_Curriculum-Based Assessment
   Assignment_Curriculum-Based Assessment

Resources
Curriculum Based Assessment http://transitioncoalition.org/assessing/book01/ch3d.htm
PA Dept. of Education http://www.pde.state.pa.us/


Unit 7 - Using Performance-Based Assessment

   Assignment 1_Performance Based Assessment
   Assignment 1_Performance Based Assessment
   Assignment 2_Performance-Based Assessment Planning
   Assignment 2_Performance-Based Assessment Planning
   Unit 7_Threaded Discussion
   Unit 7_Threaded Discussion

Resources
Performance Assessment http://www.ed.gov/pubs/OR/ConsumerGuides/perfasse.html
What is Authentic Assessment? http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/res/litass/auth.html


Unit 8 - The Theory of Backward Design

   Assignment_Backward Design
   Assignment_Backward Design
   Unit 8_Threaded Discussion
   Unit 8_Threaded Discussion

Resources
What is Backward Design? http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/198199/chapter1.html


Unit 9 - Technology Integration

   Assignment 1_Technology Integration
   Assignment 1_Technology Integration
   Assignment2_Technology Performance Based Project
   Assignment2_Technology Performance Based Project
   Unit 9_Threaded Discussion
   Unit 9_Threaded Discussion

Resources
Revisiting the AUP: A Digital Double Take http://www.education-world.com/a_tech/tech018.shtml


Unit 10 - Social Skills

   Assignment_Teaching Social Skills as Part of Curriculum
   Assignment_Teaching Social Skills as Part of Curriculum
   Unit 10_Threaded Discussion
   Unit 10_Threaded Discussion

Resources
Promoting Social Competence http://www.dundee.ac.uk/psychology/prosoc/soccom.htm
Social Skills http://www.psc.uc.edu/sh/SH_Social_Skills.htm
Teaching Social Skills http://home.att.net/%7Eclnetwork/socialsk.htm


Unit 11 - Learning Styles

   Assignment_Learning Styles
   Assignment_Learning Styles
   Unit 11_Threaded Discussion
   Unit 11_Threaded Discussion

Resources
Learning Styles and Strategies http://www.ncsu.edu/felder-public/ILSdir/styles.htm
Theory of Multiple Intelligences http://www.pzweb.harvard.edu/sumit/MISUMIT.HTM


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