You don't want a boring meal when you go out to dinner. You want a well-rounded meal with an appetizer, main course, sides, and of course dessert. The same goes for curriculum. That's why we are strong advocates of blended learning options where the classroom is a mix of technology and traditional teaching! We created our 4 phase curriculum based on this concept. And we've provided teachers with ideas and resources to carry it out.
Each module outline contains four phases:
- Explore (the appetizer)
- Learn & Practice (main course)
- Reflect (sides)
- Reinforce (dessert)
Just like an appetizer, the Explore phase comes first and give you a taste for what's to come in the main course of the content. In this phase, activities are provided for the students to investigate and develop curiosity about the topic. This phase is completely optional but recommended if the module topics are entirely new to the students.
Learn & Practice
The Learn and Practice is the main course broken down into two parts, learn and practice, your meat and potatoes, if you will. Learn is the introduction to the material, the how-tos, terminology, and the ins and outs. Whereas, Practice is putting that valuable information the student just absorbed into action. This phase includes Interactive lessons, PowerPoints, student worksheets, and quizzes.
Your side dish is there to make sure you're digesting your main course alright and reflecting on the various flavors you've just discovered. The students should reflect on what they have learned in the Reflect phase. When they form their own opinions on the material, they are more likely to retain it because they have thought about it abstractly. These activities are usually journaling entries where the students will need to put their thoughts into words.
Time for dessert! The sweet spot is when you're basically full but you're craving something else, so you decide to share your dessert with others at your table and reinforce the enjoyable meal you just had. Students use what they learn in the module in creative ways through projects or group activities in the Reinforce phase. It allows students to go more in depth with a topic by providing the opportunity to research and learn more about the subject. This phase "reinforces" the topics by providing scenarios in which the student will need to make decisions. These activities are usually hands-on, demonstrative, and interactive.
Check out our website for seven ideas on how you can implement the 4 phases into your classroom! https://www.aeseducation.com/four-phase-curriculum