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Sharing My Messy Process of Designing Curriculum

Part 1 of...?

I am going to pull back the curtain and give you a peek inside my messy curriculum design process. Something to note - I’ve been teaching for 8 years and that is how I learned how to design a class. My BS and MS degrees are in Nutrition, which means I am really good at parsing through nutrition information but not so great at creating a scope and sequence for a class. When I started teaching yoga, my scope and sequence looked something like this - I mapped out the weeks of the semester, gave each week a general theme related to yoga practice (for example - standing poses), and then taught classes around the theme.

This approach isn’t working for me anymore. It’s time to do something different. Here’s how I am going about this redesign:

  1. I set a timer for 60 minutes and just let the creative juices flow. This picture won’t make any sense to you, but it’s me getting what is in my brain into the world. You’ll see as I move forward that I’ve already changed my thinking from this original brainstorm, but you can only iterate what you create. Put something on paper, even if it is terrible.

  1. On a different day, I set another 60-minute timer and went through the Health and Physical Education Standards with a fine-toothed comb. This is not something I normally have time to do during the school year. As I wrote that sentence, I questioned why that is true. Typically, I'm in survival mode (see the graph below) and I don't always use my time effectively. Anyways, that deep dive yielded this nonsensical page of notes, which I had to review a second time because I forgot what all the numbers meant.

  1. From there, I plugged the standards I think are most important and relevant into a Doc. I’m calling this the scope.

  2. Okay, now time to work on the when and how of the curriculum. That’s what I’m off to do now! I’ll write an update tomorrow morning. I'm on little sleep and lots of caffeine, so we'll see how this goes...

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