Standard 1 & 3 Meta-reflection EDU 6524 Curriculum Design

Nearing the end of a course is always a bittersweet experience. While I inevitably am ready for a brief respite from the rigors of near constant intellectual challenge, I lament losing the full-body contact that comes with immersing oneself in the dogged pursuit of enlightenment. Ah, but all good things must come to an end, […]

Mapping the Past, Mapping the Future

This past week has been filled with opportunities to explore and put into practice varying aspects of curriculum design. Last Wednesday, I met with the “Professional Development & Curriculum Supervisor” at a local district office. The first order of business was attending a weekly meeting of the members of the district’s student learning group, including […]

The Proposal

Very hungry. Especially eager. Dare I say; avid, big, ravenous, gluttonous, greedy, and even, boldly rapacious? These are mere words to describe my present state of mind, an insatiable appetite for knowledge, insight and guidance. What, ask you, is causing such an itch in my mental schema? Curriculum. I am obsessed with the notion of […]

Did You Find What You Were Looking For? Self-analysis of a Resurrected UbD Unit

A couple weeks ago I was in a grocery store doing my weekly shopping. When finished collecting my various and sundry items, I approached an empty check-out stand and began placing my items on the belt. A smiling clerk greeted me with a warm “hello”, then proceeded to ask the ubiquitous question that all customer […]

The Intersection of Poverty and Autism

Perhaps the most difficult yet personally and professionally illuminating part of being in the Curriculum and Instruction program this year is that I am not teaching in a general education classroom. Instead, I am working twenty-eight hours weekly providing behavior therapy using Applied Behavior Analysis for two early learners with autism. Oftentimes when confronted with […]