When the terms curriculum or curricula are used in educational contexts without qualification, specific examples, or additional explanation, it may be difficult to determine precisely what the terms are referring to—mainly because they could be applied to either all or only some of the component parts of a school’s academic program or courses.
The term curriculum refers to the lessons and academic content taught in a school or in a specific course or program. In dictionaries, curriculum is often defined as the courses offered by a school, but it is rarely used in such a general sense in schools.
Curriculum typically refers to the knowledge and skills students
are expected to learn, which includes the learning standards or learning objectives they are expected to meet; the units and lessons that teachers teach; the assignments and projects given to students; the books, materials, videos, presentations, and readings used in a course; and the tests, assessments, and other methods used to evaluate student learning.
Diving deeper into the structure, we have:
Unit of Instruction is a collection of lesson plans that lead to an overarching goal (ex. SOP lessons comprise the Stewardship Unit of Instruction) SOP lessons & activities are organized under category SOP Curriculum,
Lessons, comprised of and supported by many activities chosen and conducted in a particular order to help the learners build significant understanding of new concepts.
Activities are stand-alone instructional experiences that come together in a lesson to create a more comprehensive learning experience.
IslandWood's curriculum is grounded in our mission to provide Exceptional learning experiences and to inspire lifelong environmental and community stewardship. In designing our curriculum, we have worked to articulate our foundational beliefs about both exceptional learning and stewardship.
IslandWood’s School Overnight Program (SOP) models Exceptional learning experiences that inspire students to become better stewards of themselves, their community and their environment. By investigating their environment first-hand with qualified instructors, students solidify their understandings of many concepts taught in their classrooms. Student groups stay together for the week with the same instructor, building relationships as a team. This fosters each group’s sense of community and belonging as teams solve challenges and tasks all week. These immersion experiences create an optimal platform for the development of Inquiry based learning while empowering and motivating students to apply what they have been learning to their own lives.