Map > Why Map?

Curriculum mapping is a vital part of any school’s plan for successful student outcomes.

Curriculum Crafter is the single platform that allows for the easy crafting of aligned lessons into maps that can be integrated across classrooms, subjects, and grades.

Curriculum mapping is a process for recording the content and skills actually taught in the classroom over the course of a year. It’s also part of the process of assessing learning outcomes in a particular classroom or grade.

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+ The benefits of curriculum mapping are many
  • Improves grade coherence
  • Increases the likelihood that students achieve program-level outcomes
  • Encourages communication and collaboration among faculty
  • Encourages reflective practice, improvement and innovation in the classroom
  • Aligns instruction with desired learning outcomes
  • Allows teachers who teach the same subjects a way of reaching the same benchmarks and goals
  • Can be immensely helpful in knowing students’ background knowledge coming into each level of class
  • Provides administrators and teachers a simple, straightforward way to engage evaluations and educational standards.
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+ Powerful, yet simple

Curriculum Crafter offers a powerful, yet simple, mapping feature that is tightly integrated with the entire educational workflow. From aligned educational resources, curriculum, lesson planning, standards tracking, instructional vs. non-instructional days and transparent and visible to all administrators, teachers and stakeholders. Curriculum Crafter also includes over 300 pre-built K – 12 curriculum maps and pacing guides for Math, ELA, Social Studies and Science.

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+ Mapping builds learning communities

In basic terms, a curriculum map is a way to visually organize the content, skills, assessments, and needed resources within a particular curriculum. It sets out a timeline of what, how, and when students are learning particular ideas and facts. Curriculum mapping is used to build a cohesive learning community. Learning communities don't just magically appear. They must be built with a vision for how individual educators can support the achievement of each student through an articulated, seamless curriculum.

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Improves integrated instruction

Within a department, a curriculum map allows teachers who teach the same subjects a way of reaching the same benchmarks and goals, which can cut down on problems with students transferring between classes and can help in Professional Learning Teams. Within a district at a longitudinal level, a curriculum map can be immensely helpful in knowing students’ background knowledge coming into each level of class. Or, simply within a high school, the Physics teacher can have an idea of what Biology and Chemistry topics the students have covered before coming into his class. A senior English teacher has access to what social science issues her students have already encountered that she might be able to incorporate into literary themes. With curriculum maps, administrators and teachers also have a simple, straightforward way to engage evaluations and Common Core standards.

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