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Curriculum mapping -- it sounds like a great idea. Write down all the information about your curriculum so everyone can see the big picture. So what if the task is a little tedious? So sing!

The Curriculum Mapping Song

(Sung to the tune of Whoopee Ti Yi Yo! (Git Along, Little Dogies) .

Yes, curriculum mapping can be a little tedious, and -- by the way -- where do we find the time? But it makes good sense...doesnt it? So, if curriculum mapping sometimes gets you down, just sing your mapping woes away.

As I was curriculum mapping this morning,
I spied a good colleague a-mapping away.
We spoke of assessments and e-ssential questions,
And then he smiled broadly with these words to say:

Whoopee ti yi yo, were curriculum mapping,
Getting all of our info in nice little squares.
Whoopee ti yi yo, were curriculum mapping.
We all know what you wrote cause everyone shares.

In first grade, they study the Cherokee nation.
In second, they learn about our neighborhood.
In third grade, they study about immigration.
Does all this make sense? Well, we know that it should.

Whoopee ti yi yo, were curriculum mapping.
Gotta scope, gotta sequence, got all that we need.
Whoopee ti yi yo, were curriculum mapping.
It looks like it might take us five years to read.

And once we are finished, well look at the big map.
Well see what were doing and see what were not.
We may find some places where we see a big gap,
And then well start over, believe it or not.

Whoopee ti yi yo, were curriculum mapping.
Theres no need to worry and no need to whine.
Whoopee ti yi yo, were curriculum mapping,
If you show me your map, then Ill show you mine.

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Article by Eric Baylin
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01/27/09


Tuning our Schools with Laughter


This is my 40th year teaching. Ouch! Its hard to see that in print. Several years ago, I had one of those great aha" moments that has given new life to my role as an educator.
Ive always been interested in working to change schools in ways that enhance and support learning, but Id gotten to a point in my career when I saw that all my serious, effortful striving played only a minimal role in change. The aha" came when I realized that I could, at least, change my state of mind by laughing at the very things that bugged me most. OK, maybe not everything. But at least the little everyday stuff that nags at me and drags me down.
That thought became fodder for songs about school and teaching, which I started writing as a way of helping myself (and my colleagues) survive the year with an intact sense of humor.
I still work hard to change the things that stand in the way of student (and adult) success in schools. But now I wonder -- seriously -- if laughter itself isnt one of the soundest pedagogies, a best practice" that can help us re-tune our schools and shift the culture to one that genuinely embraces wellbeing and lightness of heart as sound supports for learning.
I wouldnt mind working at a school whose mission statement included, after those ever-familiar phrases, lifelong learning" and supportive, yet challenging environment," the words

And this is a school where we love to laugh!

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