As stated on a previous post, Dr. Wynn encourages us to think about what defines curriculum. She states that the term is not all inclusive. We should consider the “content” of what needs to be taught separate from the subject matter. I hope that the following information helps you to consider what curriculum means to you .
In her book, Dr. Wynn has many pages of resources that match the PRIMAL strategy to relevant instructional practices.
What does the term PRIMAL represent?
P is for Physicality – This refers to curricula that includes things like physical education where the student’s physical skills are paramount.
R is for Rote – This refers to curricula found in subject areas that involves memorizing facts.
I is for Insightful – This is a word for describing a perspective or way of thinking about something.
M is for Morphing – This is a type of curriculum that essentially refers to some sort of transformation. As a result of this type of learning, students are expected to change their attitudes, values, habits or actions in some way.
A is for Associative – This is a type of curriculum that illustrates subject matter designed to create associations between two or more things that might otherwise exist independently of each other.
L is for Logical – This curriculum type teaches students an approach for solving problems and identifying the reasoning behind a given situation, process of analysis and drawing conclusions based on logic is called critical thinking.
The above is used by permission from Dr. Sherri L Wynn, Ed.D. author of How to Pick the Right Teaching Strategy for Children and Teens . I encourage you to purchase a copy of this book to have as an easy, at-hand resource.
Subject Areas by Curriculum type
|Curriculum Type||Common Subject Areas|
|P||Physicality||Physical Education; most Vocational fields; Dramatic Arts, Visual Arts; Musical Arts|
|R||Rote||Arithmetic; Grammar; School Readiness Skills; Spelling; Foreign Languages|
|I||Insightful||All Social Studies fields: Sociology; Psychology; Economics; World and American History, Geography, Anthropology.|
|M||Morphing||Some Health Related fields; Faith-Based; Leadership; Character Education|
|A||Associative||Reading; Expressive Writing: Speaking; Literature; Related Language Arts other than Grammar|
|L||Logical||All Science fields; all Mathematics fields other than arithmetic.|