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Six Degrees of Integration: D.I.A.P.E.R. (It Contains Everything)

Let’s face it, as teachers and curriculum designers we sometimes find ourselves having to deal with a lot of you-know-what.  Containing the varying interests stinking up the place (including, but not limited to, administrators, parents, policy makers, our professional expectations of ourselves, and even students themselves) can be a challenge, at best.  At worst, it is a blowout that leaves both a mess and a stench.

The real victims are not the people who must clean it up (us). The real victims are the students forced to suffer an ill fitted containment system. Their experience, while memorable, will not leave a positive impact. With a bit of consideration, we can do our best to ensure our curriculum (over the course of the year or years) catches everything.

In trying to do so, I developed the below list of six elements (DIAPER) as a type of checklist to hold my objectives up against:

  1. Differentiation
  2. Integration
  3. Assessment
  4. Poly-Literacy
  5. Engagement
  6. Reflection

While not yet complete, I’ve already found that by asking myself, “Have I included/considered . . . ?” I am able to create curriculum with a bigger picture perspective. Consequently I feel better able to think strategically about meeting the needs of students, best practices, and my own desire to feel I’m proving students with meaningful experiences.

What leaks have I missed? What would you add?

Six Degrees of Integration:

D.I.A.P.E.R. — It Contains Everything

Differentiation

  • Multiple Intelligences
  • Learning Styles
  • Varying Interests
  • Student Initiated Ideas
  • Choices

Integration

  • Subjects
  • Concepts
  • Themes
  • Ideas
  • Layers

Assessment

  • Formative
  • Summative
  • Portfolio
  • Performance
  • Process

Poly-Literacy

  • Media
  • Information
  • Technology
  • Communication
  • Symbolism

Engagement

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Brainstorm
  • Action

Reflection

  • Question
  • Analyze
  • Organize Thoughts
  • Connect Ideas
  • Construct Knowledge
  • Celebrate

What would you add?

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10 Responses to “Six Degrees of Integration: D.I.A.P.E.R. (It Contains Everything)”

  1. May 14, 2009 at 3:26 pm #

    Curriculum Development post on Eco of Ed: DIAPER — It contains everything! http://bit.ly/p0uaI

  2. May 14, 2009 at 3:35 pm #

    Good principles, memorable metaphor! RT @JasonFlom: Curric Dev: DIAPER — It contains everything! http://bit.ly/p0uaI

  3. May 14, 2009 at 6:22 pm #

    Six Degrees of Integration: DIAPER — It Contains Everything! http://bit.ly/p0uaI

  4. May 14, 2009 at 6:37 pm #

    Definitely worth reading! RT @JasonFlom:Six Degrees of Integration: DIAPER — It Contains Everything! http://bit.ly/p0uaI

  5. May 15, 2009 at 11:07 am #

    Jason,

    I would perhaps make it plural by adding an “S” to the end for “Show,” or “Share.” I feel there is a need for students to share the work they do with others as it adds a layer of meaning to it that may not have existed before. If students see that their work can be used as an artifact for someone else to learn from, it adds a layer of “good stress” to their process.

    This is a fantastic idea you've fostered here, and I plan on sharing it with a few of the teachers I am working with in the coming months.

  6. May 16, 2009 at 8:01 pm #

    A useful diaper checklist … not what you might think! http://bit.ly/15cWKz

  7. May 16, 2009 at 8:01 pm #

    A useful diaper checklist … not what you might think! http://bit.ly/15cWKz

  8. jasonflom
    May 17, 2009 at 12:19 pm #

    Great idea for making it plural. You make a poignant point. Research that never sees the light of day has little value in the long run, especially when it comes to making a positive impact in the world. We must foster in students a sense that their efforts have value beyond the quantitative grade we assign them in summative assessments. Seeing their products as relevant to a larger dialogue may well help cultivate the intrinsic motivation that drives life long learning.

    Perhaps a draft for S:

    Share —
    Publish
    Educate
    Jigsaw
    Connect
    Link

    Other ideas?

  9. jasonflom
    May 17, 2009 at 7:19 pm #

    Great idea for making it plural. You make a poignant point. Research that never sees the light of day has little value in the long run, especially when it comes to making a positive impact in the world. We must foster in students a sense that their efforts have value beyond the quantitative grade we assign them in summative assessments. Seeing their products as relevant to a larger dialogue may well help cultivate the intrinsic motivation that drives life long learning.

    Perhaps a draft for S:

    Share —
    Publish
    Educate
    Jigsaw
    Connect
    Link

    Other ideas?

  10. July 25, 2010 at 3:06 pm #

    DIAPER way of planning lessons and units http://ecologyofeducation.net/wsite/?p=654

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