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The Curry/Samara Model® & The Model Classrooms Project Background and Research Foundations

The Curry/Samara Model® & The Model Classrooms Project Background and Research Foundations,Jeanie Gresham,D. James Curry,John Samara,Ronnie Porter

The Curry/Samara Model® & The Model Classrooms Project Background and Research Foundations  
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The Curry/Samara Model(CSM) is an integrated, standards based approach to curriculum development that addresses differentiation from three dimensions (content, process & product). CSM is comprised of strategies related to curriculum, instruction and assessment that helps teachers to: (1) complement factual subject matter with rich, global concepts; (2) foster basic and abstract levels of thinking as related to core content; and (3) engage and assess students through traditional as well as innovative, authentic products. McGehee (2001) supported the belief that teachers must have a well-developed curricular knowledge of the big ideas in a content area. Building on this expectation, Curry and Samara developed the Unit Matrix as the hallmark of their Model. The Matrix provides teachers with a tool for creating units of study that organizes their content to effectively complement basic knowledge with complex ideas, concepts and themes. In addition, within each matrix cell block, objectives related to the specific subject matter must be written at all levels of thinking and with products from all modalities (visual, oral, written, and kinesthetic). Concept-driven unit development helps students learn how to learn (Ornstein, 1997); the Curry/Samara Matrix provides teachers with a format for this development.
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