HEC-TV creates curriculum for new productions, in order to more fully connect the station with K-12 students and schools. But, what is curriculum and how is it developed? Most of us think of curriculum as a set of courses offered by an institution such as a school or university. However, for us it is the collective teaching, learning and assessment materials that are available for a particular course.
Educators know that quality curricula must relate to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which are a set of high – quality academic expectations in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. The CCSS define both the knowledge and skills all students should master by the end of each grade level to be on track for success in college and a career. They were created through a state – led initiative with the goal of establishing a single set of clear educational standards for English language arts and mathematics to be shared among states. HEC-TV has begun to add CCSS information to existing lessons on our site and references those on new additions.
Led by scripts and background information provided by HEC-TV producers on programs in development, we build a framework to wrap curriculum around for each show. For example, we were able to create cross-curricular materials that not only covered Black History but also discussed the differences between primary and secondary sources, for our episode of “You Are Here: The Underground Railroad.”
Each curriculum starts with an overview of the lesson, time allotment, and most importantly, the learning objectives. We list the CCSS which are being addressed. The learning objectives tell teachers what tasks the students will be able to perform after completing each unit of study. We also include the lesson plan to be taught.
Needs for each student and class are different, so after the body of the lesson is accomplished, we offer teachers several different types of learning activities, all which reinforce and assess the lesson. Teachers may pick and chose the activities that best support the many different learning styles of their pupils. Students may be tasked to role play a skit about conflict resolution, calculate the ratio of rain runoff to surface area or to create a multimedia presentation. And, since we’re teachers, each lesson plan is equipped with a bibliography of the sources used to create the curriculum.
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|DATE||Wednesday March 30th 2013|