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"Curriculum maps are among the simplest yet most effective tools for improving teaching and learning. Because they require people to draw explicit connections between content, skills, and assessment measures, these maps help ensure that all aspects of a lesson are aligned not only with each other, but also with mandated standards and tests." A good review to the most basic and fundamental reason schools can be better.
Move away 20th century syllabus and outlines, curriculum mapping blends all of these to paint a bigger picture of what students must know, do, and be. Although it is not as detailed as lesson as those in UbD frameworks, curriculum maps frames the entire picture of projects, problems, and phases students must go through to achieve learning goals.
It would have been more helpful if we were further along in the process and I think reading the other book first would have been more helpful for getting started. It did have some good ideas and resources.
While the ideas in this book are important and helpful, the chapters are more of a narrative of "this is how we did it" and could have used a little tighter editing. Still, a number of the resources are useful and this will not take curriculum readers/writers much time to read at all.
Ugh just terrible.