Posted: July 21st, 2021
REPLY TO MY CLASSMATE’S POST. EXPLAINING WHY YOU AGREE WITH HIS POST. (A MINIMUM OF 200 WORDS EACH)
Sequencing curriculum for effective instruction is one of the key parts of maximizing efficiency in communicating information and achieving good learning outcomes. The order of learning experiences makes a difference in how students initially and subsequently learn throughout a curriculum. The experience can change greatly if the order of topics or the unfolding of concepts is disjointed and not in the best order. Instead of students moving from one understanding that supports further understanding that is deeper, they can be left trying to put together puzzle pieces presented at inconvenient times. If, for instance, we go straight to teaching about how a microprocessor works but have not yet covered the basics of DC power and logic gates prior to entering the more complex subject, then the instruction is less effective. Additionally, the text says that choosing a sequencing pattern that is a “best fit” is possible by considering the “developmental level and age of the students, the structure of the content area being taught, and ultimately the teachers’ own beliefs about what constitutes a best fit.” There is a list of sequencing patterns given in the text that accounts for the different learning needs of students of various disciplines. Upon selecting the sequencing pattern, Chiarelott says one should be able to explain the selection of the pattern and how it will be put into operation. This is the last step in design before evaluation.
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