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CURRICULUM ISSUES

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Eldon L. Katter (katter)
Fri, 21 Feb 1997 14:51:59 -0500 (EST)

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This message responds to the first week's suggested activities in the
Curriculum Issues Seminar which is accessible through Our Place in
the World - a curriculum resource posted on ArtsEdNet, the website.
I've been looking at the core lessons, especially the objectives.
I want to call attention to the distinctions being made in the writing of
the objectives. The language makes it very clear when one is teaching skill
developoment (Students learn how to...). For the teaching of specific
facts and generalizations, the language of the objective prompt reads
"Students learn that...", followed by the specific facts students are
expected to learn.
The student activities and the assessment strategies seem to be
characterized and shaped by the language of the objectives. I hope
teachers will find this use of language in writing objectives helpful.
The distinctions are important in the design of instruction, especially
in the approach to assessment.
I also want to express my delight with the art history worksheet
"What's the Question?". This is a fine example of inquiry-based
instruction. It's crisp, clean and directly to the point. I'm sure this
will inspire a number of Jeopardy game-like lesson ideas. However, I
might need to be reminded of the original objectives before getting
carried away.
From an earlier response that I made to this discussion, I
learned that perhaps one should sleep on an email message before sending
it. Unfortunately, I don't have time, so I hope the intent of this
message is clearly understood and does not offend.
I'm becoming rather fond of this particular Place in the
World. But where am I going to find the time to see and do everything?
This is beginning to remind me of my summer vacations.
Eldon

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