Scope and sequence

Spiral Notebook
Photo by Hey Paul

I was thinking about the idea of “spiral curriculum ” today, the idea that you revisit topics over and over, building on a student’s knowledge.  I decided to search for a concrete definition and found this on the blog Reading Education:

…(A) spiral curriculum begins with the assumption that children are not always ready to learn something. Readiness to learn is at the core of a spiral curriculum. And instead of focusing for relatively long periods of time on some narrow topic whose time has come, a spiral curriculum tries to expose students to a wide varies of ideas over and over ago… A spiral curriculum, by moving in a circular pattern from topic to topic within field like, say, math, seeks to catch kids when they first become ready to learn something and pick up the other kids, the ones not ready to learn yet, later – the next time we spiral around to that topic.

I decided that this is a lot like my decluttering (and this blog!) right now.  I am spiraling around from area to area in my home, revisiting things I may have already gone through, because just as a child is not always ready to learn, I am not always ready to purge.  Perhaps the next time I look into a particular cupboard or bookcase or closet, I will have reached a point where I am ready.  And then… look out!

  • {Clutter} released: Nine unused spiral notebooks that I have kept since I taught in Wilsonville (1995-96) because they were potentially useful.  If I ever need a spiral notebook in the future, I can probably swing the 69 cents.

3 thoughts on “Scope and sequence

  1. Nice touch with the spiral connection. Droll-ish. : ) It just dawned on me that both of us have this leftover thing from the Great Depression, something that has trickled down from our parents or grandparents to us. It’s such an ingrained thing, it’s hard to overcome that, because our forebears taught it to us. Something like: I must save this rubber band ball as I can’t afford to replace these rubber bands, that would be wasteful of both resources and my sparse funds.

    Just another half-baked thought from the expert of half-baked thoughts.


  2. Yes. And yet, we are “paying” for that rubber band ball over and over again, as it is taking up valuable space, and – if you are like me – you probably have plenty of other rubber bands, so it may be wasteful for you to keep it instead of releasing it to be used by the rubber band-less. See? It would be an act of charity to let it go. (If it comes back to you, it was yours. If it doesn’t, it never was.)


    1. I love this notion for thinking about generally useless objets (that’s French for: object). If the rubber band ball comes back to you, it’s yours. It likely won’t, not be a sentient thing.


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