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SEC 355 – Middle and Secondary Curriculum and Assessment


This class emphasizes the science of teaching where differentiated instruction based on knowledge of students, learning theory and curricular goals. Major emphasis is given to planning instructional objectives and lessons, sequencing and assessing objectives utilizing formal and informal assessment strategies that address individual needs.


My hope is that this page will enable you to be successful in this class and more importantly build up your teacher toolbox.



SEC 355 Syllabi with Explanations

College Life

GCU Student Success Center

What is Title I



Quick Jump to Pedagogic Modules

Developmentally Appropriate Learning

Design & Teach a Course

InTASC Standards Summarized

Time for Reflection

Classroom Response Systems

Depth of Knowledge (DOK)





Response to Intervention (RTI)

RTI Help Center

Challenges of RTI



Curriculum Unit Plans

Course Descriptions

Curricular Connections

What is Curricular Integration

Interdisciplinary Learning

How to get started making Curriculum Units

Curriculum Definition

Raise the Bar for Curriculum

Lesson Plans & Unit Plans

Peer Review of Lesson Plans

Strategies for Effective Lesson Planning

Benefits of Planning





Differentiated Learning & Instructional Strategies


Diversity, Learning Style and Culture

Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated Instruction Videos

Implementing Differentiated Instruction

GCU Media

Marzano’s Strategies for Learning

Understanding by Design Storyboard


See Cindy’s Instructional Strategies Webpage

Instructional Strategies List

More Instructional Strategies

Interactive Notebooks

Questioning Techniques

Academic Language on Lesson Plans

How to Study


Learning Styles

Learning Styles Inventory

Overview of Learning Styles

Multiple Intelligences

Five Surefire Ways to Engage Students

Are Learning Styles Important?

Accommodating Different Learning Styles




Learn to Read your Standards

Bell Work

Cooperative Learning Conference

Storming, Norming, Performing

Cooperative Learning Tasks

Additional Cooperative Learning

Instructional Strategies

Glossary of Instructional Strategies

Peer Review of Lesson Plans

Differentiated Lesson Plans

Integrate Learning Style Activities

Prepare Students for College

Classroom Seating Arrangements

Strategies for Effective Lesson Planning

Student Centered Teaching

Benefits of Planning

Planning for Instruction

Resources on Teaching and Learning

Literacy Strategies

Learning Experiences

Inspire Kids to Love Learning



Measurable Objectives – Think of the learning objectives as a set of skills, knowledge, or abilities that your students will be able to master at the end of the lesson. Then consider the assessment as a way for the student to prove they are capable of that mastery.


Developing Measurable Objectives

Unpacking the Standards

More on Unpacking the Standards

Moving from Standards to Objectives

Writing Measurable Learning Objectives

ABCD Measurable Objective

Bloom’s verbs

Integrating Bloom’s with Technology

How to Write SMART Goals

How to Communicate Learning Goals with Students



Definitions of Learning Objectives

Aims and Objectives in Teaching

Aims and Objectives

Connecting Teachers, Students & Objectives

Teach by Sharing your Objectives

Lesson Delivery with Objectives



Varied Assessments – Test is not a four-letter word, doesn’t take time from learning, not bean-counting tactic or makes you teach to the test!  Tests are learning experiences by themselves and must be integrated within learning activities. In short, assessment IS a form of teaching & learning. 


Please see my Assessments Webpage

Bloom’s 3 Domains of Learning

3 Domains of Learning

More on Learning Domains

Grading Domains

Learning Domains

MetaCognitive Strategies

Standards Referenced Testing (SRT)

Norm Referenced vs Standards Referenced

Criterion Referenced vs Norm Referenced

Test Taking Strategies

Test Anxiety

Test Bias

What Assessment Bias is

Popham’s take on Assessment Bias






Student Self-Assessment & Peer Teaching

Progress Through Practice

Why Assessment is important

Conduct Assessments of Learning

Assessment Tutorial

Authentic Assessments

Constructing Tests

Classroom Assessment

Bloom’s Sample Test

Writing Great Multiple-Choice Questions

ProProff Testing Software

Social Studies Tests



Align Standards, Objectives, Activities and Assessments –


Align Assessments with Objectives

Assessment & Instructional Alignment

How to Align your Assessments to your Objectives

How to write an assessment based on the objective

Improving Teaching Practices

Objectives and Assessments

More on Objectives and Assessments

Lesson Planning and Evaluation

Aligning Assessments with Objectives






Accommodations and Modifications for IEP Students


See my Special Education Webpage

Types of Assessment Accommodations

Rubrics for Special Education Students

Sample IEP Rubric

More Sample IEP Rubric

Holistic Rubrics

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Accommodation and Modification Differences

Guide to the Inclusive Classroom

Supporting All Students with Inclusion

Disabilities and Special Education


Holistic Rubrics

Diversity and Accommodations Tutorial

19 Simple Student Accommodations










Data Collections


Methods for Collecting Data

Why Teachers must be Data Experts

Using Data to Understand your Students

Using Data to Provide Feedback

How to Use Data Effectively

Search for School Data

Student Data can Inform your Teaching

Understanding State Test Report


Explanation of NRT and CRT

Free Practice of SAT (PSAT)

Standards Referenced Assessments

Standards Based Grading

A Brief History of SAT

AzMerit Scoring Guide

AzMerit Practice Tests





Thank you for a wonderful journey! Your self-learning starts from here!  "It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end." --Ursula K. LeGuin



Updated 6/28/2019

Email Address:         Cindy.Barnes@my.gcu.edu
Phone Number:        (480) 685-0116
Postal Address:         Grand Canyon University