How to make a syllabus by yourself in a quick, pragmatic manner – this is what this series is all about. And if you need just that subscribe to get access to the rest of the content. Have you ever asked yourself why in the world education needs curricula? Maybe you have already bought a curriculum yourself. But you don’t know how to create a lesson plan from it, which is a syllabus. Imagine you want to travel. Imagine you start packing your trolley. It is easy, just pack in useful stuff, right? We know that this is not entirely true. Where do you want to go, actually? Don’t know?
It is similar with education. Teaching without the goal in mind is possible but surely doesn’t lead to a specific skill set or competency. You need to travel with shoes that suit you. And you need an outline to get to specific learning outcomes. Such a map is a curriculum. And there are many maps out there.
How to Make a Syllabus as Tool for Better Learning Outcomes
Have you ever wondered what to do with a curriculum once you have bought it? One thing is having one at home, and it is a whole different story using it properly. That is where a syllabus comes into play. It is like the stops and steps to take during your curriculum journey. It is like the schedule your flight company sends you along when booking a flight. Sure, it is much easier to not missing a plane with such preparation. If you need to dig deeper because you’ll be making a syllabus for a classroom setting, e.g. for teaching in a university context check this site.
Once having the syllabus, you need to teach the content. And this is: the course books you read or the online course you take. These are like the breaks you take while traveling. Both are not an outline, nor a schedule. They are the means to complete or fullfil the purpose of the curriculum. And projects are like picknicks on the way. Somewhat different tools but also means to reach your final goal. In this series we’ll focus on the syllabus, the map of our learning journey.
How to Make a Syllabus With the Goal in Mind
What then, is this goal? It is not about having the most expensive curriculum at hand. It is not about having worked through the entire material and created a syllabus. And it is certainly not about passing a final test after having gone through all the course material. Instead, it is the learner’s enhanced competencies, skills and creativity to face life’s challenges. It is what a person knows, does and is at the end of a learning journey. In fact, education is about more than just knowledge. Read about another facet of education here.
In this series you’ll learn how to make a syllabus sample customized to your needs. At first, the sceleton will be plain. From there, you’ll learn how to make a syllabus for one subject. From there you’ll be able copying the procedure with diverse curricula of various subjects, and know how to make a syllabus for every subject, one at a time. You will learn to…
Plan your homeschool year with
>> any curriculum
>> any subject
>> any starting date
What is covered in this series?
>> Your Ideal School Week in a Timeframe. Part I. Intro
>> Your Coming Homeschool Year in a Calendar. Part II
>> One Curriculum – i.e. Math. How to Fit Content Into a Frame. Part III
>> How to Customize Content From Each Subject With Seasons. Part IV
>> How to Overlap Curricula from Various Subjects and Ages. Suggestions for a real-life syllabus. Bonus
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Why bother at all? Having a syllabus at hand…
>> … is valuable for transparency reasons when school agencies knock at your door
>> … is good for keeping discipline throughout the year
>> … is to have an adaptable sample for many more years to come
>> … will grow you feeling confident about what to teach next week when life is getting busy
>> … is a good thing because you go about teaching with the result in mind
Should you read on? Yes, if one or more facts describe you. You…
>> … have already bought a curriculum
>> … aim to reach long-term goals in teaching
>> … preview lessons before you start teaching them
>> … enjoy creating order in your homeschool approach
>> … like planning your year in advance and stick with it
To give you some taste of what such planning looks like, check the table below. If you’d like to learn more please, feel free to order the newsletter and get the password to access the other posts of this series. And if one of the subjects you plan to teach or have your student learn is German as Foreign Language / World Language then you may be interested in this free authority resource.
Here you are with an overview of a possible class schedule in the first years of primary education.
|Day’s Lesson||Hour to start||Length in min||Mon||Tue||Wed||Thu||Fri|
|1||09:15 am||60||1st Language||1st Language||1st Language||1st Language||1st Language|
|2||10:45 am||45||2nd Language||2nd Language||Natural Sciences||Natural Sciences||Bible / Religion|
|4||12:45 am||45||Music||Bible/ Religion||Home Economics||Art||Art|
This is one example of a week’s class schedule actionable for homeschooling or in contexts without any objective Common Core. It is about the estimated time to invest throughout one scholarly year in elementary level, grades 1-4.