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TCC Resource/Research Guides

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The Teacher Curriculum Center (TCC) has a variety of resources that can be useful developing curriculum and lessons by providing core and supplemental instructional materials, models for teaching strategies, and materials to be used in the classroom.  

Below is more information on the types of resources we have in the TCC. The tabs on the left will guide you through pages for specific types of resources, physical and online.  

Note these resources are different, but at times will overlap, with resources on the department research guides.  Those guides focus more on finding scholarly research and theory in the field of education and your specific department.  

I think of this guide as a work in progress, so if you have suggestions or question you may email me or schedule an appoint using the link under the tabs to the left. 

Also, as we move into creating more inclusive and diverse curriculum for a more equitable educational experience, I believe that pedagogies that are anti-racist, feminist, and inclusive should be the norm, so I decided to not make them separate categories. Rather, diversity and inclusion inform the curation of this guide. For example, if you are looking for Asian American literature or history resources, you will find them in the ELA or Social Studies sections for online resources.  

Using TCC Materials to Create Your Lesson Plans

There are many ways to create a unit or lesson plan. Your plans will usually be driven by national, state, and/or district standards & frameworks.  The Teacher Curriculum Center (TCC) offers materials to help new teachers design and implement curriculum and lessons.  

The TCC's materials fall into four categories:  Curriculum Guides, Textbooks, Kits, and the Juvenile Literature Collection.  Academic books on educational theory and studies are in our regular library collection.    Below are definitions of what is in each category and how you might use them for your teaching.  

Planning and Design Resources 

Curriculum Guides and Textbooks provide models for designing your course and individual lessons. 

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum guides are organized sets of individual lessons.  They provide detailed, long-term approaches to teaching a content area, such as third-grade mathematics or twelfth-grade social studies.  Use these as a starting point and model, not a blueprint, for organizing your expertise to meet your students' needs.  A good curriculum guide should indicate

  • goals and objectives of the units and lessons (usually tied to standards), 
  • prerequisite skills students should have or that may need to be front-loaded before proceeding with the lessons,
  • what will come after the lessons);
  • other skills/competences (such as critical thinking, problem solving, etc.) incorporated into the lessons, and
  • how these skills are involved in each kind of learning. 

By looking at a curriculum guide (rather than just a lesson) you can get ideas of how learning is sequenced and organized, and how the lesson plan fits into the whole.  

Textbooks

These are textbooks that are currently (or recently) being used in schools. Most textbooks will have a teacher's edition and supplementary materials to support using the textbook in the classroom. 

Like the curriculum, teacher materials will provide outlines for individual lessons, including assessment, preparation, and tips for differentiation and presentation. Scope and sequence charts provide information that will help pace and sequence your lessons, including scaffolding of skills and integration of other resources or supplementary material provided with the textbook. 

Engagement and Lesson Materials Resources

Our kits and juvenile book collection are also excellent resources for customizing your teaching to meet student needs and excite them about learning. 

Kits 

Kits are materials to implement delivery of lessons for groups of students or individual students. There are a large variety of kits ranging from math and phonics games to puppets to primary source and reading comprehension boxes to anatomy models to musical instrument sets from around the world. This section of the collection also has large books for group story time and posters.  

Juvenile Collection

Our juvenile collection includes fiction and non-fiction books for grades K through 12. These are books you could use as core texts, for reading with students, or for suggesting for students to use for supplemental or independent reading. 

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