Module 3: Course Mapping
The content this week is quite challenging and "high stakes." I can't stress enough how important it is for schools to spend enough time thinking through a variety of options for what a middle and high school course sequence should look like. This week provides a starting point for how to think about using the standards to create courses. The activity works best when working with a small team at the same grade level.
I also need to thank Deb Kneser at CESA 6 for her inspiration on how to begin thinking about course mapping!
Task One: An Overview
(I apologize -- this video got a bit long. I will re-create it, but I won't be able to do that for a couple of weeks)
Task 2: Mix and Match
Elementary: Even though the NGSS clearly defines what students should know at the end of each grade (k-5), there is still a lot of room for creativity in how to bundle performance expectations into instructional units. The "Arranged by Topic" presentation of the standards is only one way to organize them. Here are two possible tasks for better understand the elementary course sequence.
1. Use the "Arranged by Topic" presentation of NGSS. Create a concept map that shows the disciplinary core ideas covered in each year. USe the cross-cutting concepts to describe connections between this content.
2. Use the "Arranged by DCI" presentation of NGSS. Can you identify different ways to bundle performance expectations into units?
Middle and High School: Print our the "Arranged by DCI" version of the NGSS for your grade level. Cut out the DCI Foundations Box (the middle one) for each standards page so that you have a stack of "cards" representing all of the DCI's for your grade band. Now, mix and match those cards into different possible course sequences. Be creative!
UPDATE 05/15/13: NSTA has published a DCI Matrix that should make this process a lot easier.
Task 3: Discuss
What are your thoughts about course sequencing? Discuss in the forum!