Thematic Units: Just Say No

I read an intriguing post by Terry Waltz on her blog where she recommends not using thematic units.  Very interesting thought since the prevailing idea in world languages today is to start with a theme and work from there when creating a unit of study.  Her blog post about thematic units, the “dreaded family unit” in particular, is at http://albanylanguagelearning.com/training/the-dreaded-family-unit

I really like this post about curriculum planning because it addresses an issue that I am currently having with common assessments. http://albanylanguagelearning.com/training/curriculum-tagging

Scott Benedict echoes this idea of end goal being the end of a school year rather than the end of a chapter at his website http://www.teachforjune.com/about/about-teachforjune/

Perhaps one problem is the way thematic units are presented in most textbooks.  Cherice Montgomery has fresh ideas for thematic units at her site http://thinkthematic.wikispaces.com/

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  1. Pingback: New Twists to Old Themes | Señora B

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