Hamburger Model of Curriculum Planning

Curriculum planning is often thought of as a linear process. First create objectives or (I prefer) guiding questions. Then think up a bunch of activities for those objectives/questions. Then figure out how to assess what students learned through those activities. This can lead to what I call the “activity trap.” Planning in this sequence canContinue reading “Hamburger Model of Curriculum Planning”

Why Are Essential Questions Essential for Good Teaching?

Most teachers are taught to write objectives for their lessons or units. Most textbooks (which drive most teachers lesson planning) have objectives written at the beginning of each chapter. Let’s look at an example:  Students will understand the taxonomic classification system used by scientists and be able explain the phylogenetic relationship among organisms. Technically, itContinue reading “Why Are Essential Questions Essential for Good Teaching?”