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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

InTASC Standards Summarized

Time for Reflection

Classroom Response Systems

DOK Wheel

Using DOK to Increase Rigor

How to Apply Depth of Knowledge

DOK for Math

DOK Math Questions

DOK Games

Cognitive Complexity DOK

Depth of Knowledge (DOK)

Bloom’s & DOK

DOK Questioning Strategies

Blooms vs DOK comparison






Response to Intervention (RTI)

RTI Help Center

Challenges of RTI

Teacher’s Response to Intervention

RTI Action Network

Understanding Response to Intervention

Essential Components of RTI

Using Data to Understand your Students



Curricular Connections

Design & Teach a Course

What is Curricular Integration

Curriculum Definition

Types of Curriculum

Hidden Curriculum

Raise the Bar for Curriculum

Student Centered Teaching

Student Centered Learning

Problem Centered Curriculum




Lesson & Unit Planning

Connecting Curriculum to Instruction

Course Descriptions

Interdisciplinary Learning

How to get started making Curriculum Units

How to Create a Unit Plan

Planning Instruction in a Nutshell

Understanding by Design Storyboard

Lesson Plans & Unit Plans

Peer Review of Lesson Plans

Strategies for Effective Lesson Planning

Planning for Instruction

25 Easy Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom

See Cindy’s Lesson Plans Galore






Differentiated Learning & Instructional Strategies

Teachers differentiate instruction through content, process, product and learning environment



Diversity, Learning Style and Culture

Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated Instruction Videos

Implementing Differentiated Instruction

Marzano’s Strategies for Learning

How to Make Lessons Accessible to All


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

Integrate Learning Style Activities

Compassionate Learning



See Cindy’s Instructional Strategies Webpage

Instructional Strategies List

More Instructional Strategies

Interactive Notebooks

Questioning Techniques

Academic Language on Lesson Plans

Social Studies Academic Language

How to Study

Extension and Enrichment Activities





Learn to Read your Standards

Bell Work

Understanding Student Misconceptions

Cooperative Learning Conference

Storming, Norming, Performing

Cooperative Learning Tasks

Additional Cooperative Learning

Glossary of Instructional Strategies

Prepare Students for College

Classroom Seating Arrangements

Literacy Strategies

Wait Time Techniques

Differentiate in Math



Specific Positive Feedback

Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment

Making Student Feedback Work

7 Keys to Effective Feedback

Feedback using The RISE Model

Setting Objectives & Providing Feedback

Improving your Teaching: Obtaining Feedback


Evaluation & Survey

Course Evaluation Surveys

Deepen Student Surveys

Seek your own Student Feedback

Peer Review of Lesson Plans





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.


What Does it Mean to Unpack a Standard

Unpacking the Standards

Moving from Standards to Objectives

Writing Measurable Learning Objectives

ABCD Measurable Objective

Integrating Bloom’s with Technology

5 Steps to Writing Clear Measurable Objectives

How to Write SMART Goals

How to Communicate Learning Goals with Students

Student Teacher Teaching to Objectives

TA Teaching to Objectives



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 make you teach to the test!  Tests are learning experiences by themselves and must be integrated within learning activities. In short, assessment MUST be a form of teaching & learning. 


Please see my Assessments Webpage

Formative Assessment as the Key

Using Assessment to Improve Learning



Domains of Learning & Assessments

Bloom’s 3 Domains of Learning

3 Domains of Learning

Intuitive Domains in Education

The 3 Domains in CTE

More on Learning Domains

A Brief Summary on the 3 Domains

Analysis of Psychomotor Domain in Math

Psychomotor Domain Algebra Manipulatives

Psychomotor in Math

Affective Domain in Math

Grading Domains

Learning Domains

MetaCognitive Strategies




Student Self-Assessment & Peer Teaching

Progress Through Practice

Why Assessment is important

21 Ways to Check for Understanding

Conduct Assessments of Learning

Assessment Tutorial

Authentic Assessments

Constructing Tests

Classroom Assessment

Bloom’s Sample Test

Writing Great Multiple-Choice Questions

ProProff Testing Software

Free Practice of SAT (PSAT)

AzMerit Practice Tests

Social Studies Tests


Standards Referenced Testing (SRT)

Standards Referenced Assessments

Norm Referenced vs Standards Referenced

Criterion Referenced vs Norm Referenced

Explanation of NRT and CRT


Test Anxiety & Bias

Test Taking Strategies

Test Anxiety

Top 10 Signs of Student Anxiety


Test Bias

What Assessment Bias is

Popham’s take on Assessment Bias




Align Standards, Objectives, Activities and Assessments –


Accommodations and Modifications for IEP Students


Data Collections


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 6/8/2020

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