When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinical best practices. One of those best practices is curriculum mapping.
What is curriculum mapping?
Curriculum mapping is a tool to help plan and chart your lessons over a period of time such as a week, a month, a semester or an entire academic year. It is best done by first considering your ultimate learning outcome, your enduring Jewish knowledge, and then working backward: identifying the essential questions, the evidence of understanding, the skills and activities needed, and the assessments. Ideally each lesson you teach should be aligned with your ultimate learning outcome, the enduring Jewish knowledge, you want your students to understand.
At the top of this blog is one example of a template for curriculum mapping.
On the next post we will share another example of a curriculum mapping template.