Also here are the Unique topics for this school year so we can start planning (especially for alternative assessment):
School Year 2009-2010
|This is My School||We Have Leaders||We Live in the United States||I Am a US Citizen|
|Animals in Their Homes||Animals and Plants Around Us||What is an Ecosystem?||Knowing our Ecosystem|
|City and Country||Traveling Around||Getting to Know the United States||Places to Live and Work|
|See It, Feel It, Describe It||Sorting for Recycling||Combining and Cooking||Everyday Energy|
People In Society
|I Live in a Community||Communities Near and Far||It's a Big World||Who are the People In the USA?|
Science and Technology
|Tools at School||Technology in the Community||Technology in Our Lives||Tools That Help Us Every Day|
|We All Work Together||I Can Make Good Choices||What is a Good Citizen?||I Work in My Community|
|I Can Help the Earth||Water, Water, Everywhere||Caring for Our Good Earth||Recycle and Reuse Our Resources|
While I've not used the Unique curriculum for the regular school year, I've been adapting it for summer school use. I only have a couple of students, but it's been a great resource for both reading and science curriculum. I find the lessons are differentiated well. I'm not sure that I would use it for my entire school curriculum.ReplyDelete
As far as sharing materials, I'm torn on that issue. I like the concept of the NING but it turns into just another thing I have to check so usually falls to the wayside. I think probably a google group would be the the best idea, and share materials to the group (I don't know if you can do that with Google Groups) or to Adapted Learning.
I agree with Patrick. A Google group is the way to go.ReplyDelete
One of our schools for Severe/Profound is using Unique for the alternative curriculum. It is a wonderful, well thought out product for the classroom. Some teachers have felt that a few of the activities were at a higher level than the students needed, so they are in the process of adapting the materials further. I think it is a nice framework for the teacher to bounce off of when teaching a specific concept. It is not intended to be the only materials used. Staff need to bring in other sources of materials for the students to use.
Bottom line, Unique fills a hole in the curriculum for those students who need more support. The company is wonderful to work with, welcomes your suggestions and provided excellent customer service.
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