This week I am working on taking out some stumps of shrubs I took out last week. I have to clear them out so my wife can have her herb garden there. Its hard work. I have to dig deep to get those roots.
While I was digging yesterday on the first stump of three that I have to remove I began to think about curriculum. Since I am in a pullout program I have to make my own curriculum. The units and lessons that I create must be hard and must have depth and complexity. I know my gifted students. Most of them want something that is challenging and is worthwhile. They don’t just want more work or work that is redundant that has no meaning. They want to learn something that is real and can be used in the real world. Which is something that I have been working on adding to my units. I want them to have the opportunity to contact experts in the community to get information for thier projects. I am adding in more real world problems and issues in the units I am rewriting or creating new. Finally I am adding in choice of projects and the projects they have the choice of have multiple solutions and multiple pathways to get to a solution. Just like in the real world.
For the past few weeks I have been pouring over the Common Core standards using some of the suggestions of resources and trying to find my resources to help augment my lessons. I think the Common Core standards are a start but I don’t think they are the end all be all.
If you create your own curriculum, what are you doing to add depth and complexity to your lessons and units?