If you are a public educator, you know that district-adopted scripted curriculum is on the rise.
Scripted instruction was developed and marketed to provide teachers with the necessary components of effective instruction. On paper, it sounds great – a way for districts to ensure teacher accountability and equal educational opportunities. However, many programs lack differentiation strategies or allow for classroom nuances.
Teaching is truly an art. Deep and complex teachers know that a one-size-fits-all curriculum will not meet individual student needs. Consider using your designated curriculum as a starting point to create differentiated, meaningful learning experiences for your class.
Begin with the Script
- Read through the unit to gain a firm understanding of required skills, resources, and the final assessment piece. Modify compulsory resources using our Depth and Complexity Icon Extension to provide students with iconic prompts by dragging and dropping icons on documents.
- Consider using our free Unit planner template to plan, differentiate, and modify delivery based on your students’ unique needs.
Access Student Schema
- There is no need to spend your valuable instructional time teaching students what they already know. Schedule time to assess student’s foundational knowledge of a unit’s topic.
- While a multiple choice assessment provides the quickest feedback, it does not necessarily give a full picture of the student’s background knowledge. Consider an open-ended Frame to deduce schema and plan out minilessons.
Encourage Questions and Collaboration
- Compile a database of student-created questions using an Unanswered Questions wall.
- Focus on student inquiry by providing choices through iconic combinations and pathways.
Invite Discussion and Celebrate Learning
- Focus on what students are learning and encourage discussion using the Depth and Complexity Framework to elicit complex thinking. Some resources we love to use when engaging students in meaningful discussions are the Q3 Question Cards and the Depth and Complexity Software Suite.
- Celebrate unique student views or milestones in learning throughout the unit. For example, if a student uses a new, more efficient way to solve a problem, have them create a demonstration video and post it on your website.
Here is our challenge to you: Take charge of your content delivery and give students the opportunity to engage in meaningful learning using the Depth and Complexity Framework. That scripted curriculum doesn’t have to be taught verbatim. Unleash your creativity as a teacher and inspire your students to think critically.