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  1. Layered Curriculum ™ How to teach if there’s more than one student in your class

  2. What is Layered Curriculum™ Every Child deserves a Special Education • Tasks arranged in levels of understanding • Individualized expression and assessment • Research-based • Curriculum tailored to the variety of students you serve

  3. Levels of Understanding C Level—basic skills, facts, and understanding B Level—able to manipulate their knowledge, problem-solve, brainstorm A Layer—requires the most complex, critical thinking.

  4. C Layer • Maximum “C” grade—basic skills, knowledge, and understanding • Vocabulary, basic mechanics • Do project with detailed directions • Do experiment someone else has designed • Wide variety of choices—other languages, music, poetry, art, hands-on projects, listening, reading at a variety of levels • Something for EVERYONE in your class

  5. B Layer • Maximum “B” grade—able to apply knowledge and skills to practical situations • Design their own experiment • Do projects with just basic directions • Interdisciplinary studies • Creative displays of compare & contrast

  6. A Layer • “A” grade—independent research and/or advanced/complicated project • Mix traditional research with other things like values, morality and personal opinion • Literature research and written response—report, persuasive essay, letter to Congress • Usually outside of class time

  7. Why Layered Curriculum™ • Allows for more individualized program • Let’s students decide their grade • Gives teacher more time for each student • Allows for more “intelligences” to be used • Provides variety in the period • Easily adjusts to a variety of period lengths • Allows resources to be shared • Reduces at-home grading time • Allows a variety of students to succeed

  8. How to create a unit • List all the objectives • List a variety of ways students could learn the basic material • List a variety of ways to reinforce the material • Organize them into basic, intermediate, and advanced levels of understanding • Decide the point values for each activity

  9. Suggestions for Activities • Provide a variety of levels of reading material—hit the library! • Have a parent or other volunteer record the chapter on tape • Get tape player “listening center” • elementary schools often have them • Print out, list URLs, or bookmark pertinent sites/articles on the Internet • Use a WebQuest

  10. Assessment • Oral defense of the students' assignments. • As students finish each assignment they spend a couple of minutes, on a one-on-one basis, discussing what they learned • Oral reports and presentations—privately or to the whole class or a group • Variety of written papers, art projects, experiments

  11. More Ideas • Set up learning centers or stations • Provide art material for making posters or other creative works • Allow students to “perform” songs or skits privately or publicly • Allow students to answer verbally or in writing • Let students help each other by working together—adjust points

  12. Getting Started • Start slowly!! • Make sure students and parents (send a letter home) understand the concept • Explain time limits • Explain how points work • Give out all assignments at the start • Be sure they understand the rubric • Must do work at all three levels to get an “A” • 150 points can still be a “C” • Doing an “A” project does not guarantee an “A”

  13. FAQs • Yes, you can still do whole class work • make it short—20-30 min. • Yes, you can still do lectures, discussions • points for notes, participation, record on tape • Yes, you can still give tests (but why?!) • Use multiple, preferably self-grading, quizzes • Yes, you can still require writing, reading, anything you want • Yes you can still have homework • Allow parents to sign off some work • Think of other means of assessment

  14. Helpful Websites • Help4teachers.com • Brain.org • Quia.com—student and teacher created quizzes, flashcards, website, etc. • MS.com--Education tutorials and lessons • EXPAN—create future-oriented activities • Resumes and cover letters to real places • College searches, job searches,