#OklaEd Discusses Curriculum Design; Rises To The Challenge

#oklaed Challenge Question
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Even if you missed the #Oklaed chat last night, you’re not too late to participate in our CHALLENGE. All you have to do is answer the question in the graphic above on your blog, and then tell me about it in a comment on this post. If you’d like to see the entire chat, you’ll welcome to read the Storify archive here.

Q1 What is curriculum design?

I started off the night with a basic question asking our participants to define “curriculum design.” Right away, we had a bit of a controversy, as some people thought curriculum design referred to planning at the school or district level while the term “lesson planning” referred to what the actual teacher did.

Personally, I’m going to side with The University of Manchester and say that curriculum design is a fancy term for planning a “sequence of learning experiences.”

That said, #oklaed, naturally, came up with awesome answers:

Q2 What educational purposes do you seek to accomplish in your lesson plans?

Once we had the definition figured out, we discussed what we want to accomplish when we sit down to plan that lesson, or map out a curriculum.

Kelly’s (and later Drew’s) answer really resonated with me because I have always been the kind of student who needs to understand “why” in order to fully assimilate the “what” and the “how.”

It quickly became clear that lesson planning isn’t just about the teacher thinking up some random activities that align with the standards du jour.

Administrators and teachers seemed to be in agreement on the answer to the follow split question.

Q3a Admin: Does your school have an overall educational goal?

Q3b Teachers: What is the overall educational goal for your subject area(s)?

Naturally, we had the obligatory Monty Python reference…

Then I threw everyone a curve ball, otherwise known as an extra question:

Q3c What needs to happen to merge the school/district mission with the T mission?

Naturally, you gotta love the class clown…

Q4 What methods do you use to determine the needs of your students?

Q5 What educational experiences do you provide to achieve these purposes?

Apparently, Blue Cereal Education is still home recovering from this question:

Q6 What makes a great individual curriculum design, aka lesson plan?

Q7 Where do you begin when you’re creating a lesson plan and determine the order of your objectives?

Q8 How do you determine what teaching methods you’ll use during a particular lesson?

Who else is willing to admit to this method?

Q9 How do you determine what materials you’ll use for any given lesson?

Q10 How do you assess whether or not the educational purposes you mentioned earlier are being acquired?

Finally, after Blue Cereal Education busted out his Google and Wikipedia tabs…

…we had our challenge question.


Write a blog post sharing your favorite lesson plan. Include the written plan itself, how you implemented it, how the students responded, what went wrong (because something always goes wrong!), and how you fixed it.

What about you? Are you up for the challenge?

Related topics: #oklaed, Curriculum Design

About the author 

Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.

I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my doctorate in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education and co-Editor of the Oklahoma English Journal. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify students' voices and choices.

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