Teach Meaningful is a practical guide to designing curriculum that meets standards, serves personal and institutional values, and intentionally leads to successful student learning. Identifying which understandings, knowledge, and skills are "most important" for students to learn is always a question of values, so getting clear on values gives teachers a starting place to design cohesive units, courses, and programs. Written by a teacher for teachers, Teach Meaningful includes: ● stories of failures and successes in designing curriculum from across subjects and grade levels ● metaphors from everyday life to help teachers understand curriculum design as a process rooted in values and culminating in meaningful learning ● examples of essential questions, assessment guidelines, lesson calendars, unit plans, and curriculum maps ● exercises and templates teachers can use to create and assess curriculum ● protocols designed to encourage inclusive participation and critical reflection when colleagues look at curriculum together
Lauren Porosoff has been an educator since 2000, and she writes and presents about how to design curriculum and professional development that empowers students and teachers. Informed by research and practices from contextual behavioral science, her work also includes the books EMPOWER Your Students and Two-for-One Teaching, and more than 30 articles about how students and teachers can clarify and commit to their values at school.