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CD Curriculum Units Curriculum Units/Lessons

Units and lessons are to incorporate into existing curriculum the four strands of the grant: arts integration with a DBAE approach, technology integration, constructivist learning theory, and interdisciplinary curriculum.

CD Resources Resources

Web sites & sources of information to assist participating teachers.

CD Special Interest Groups Special Interest Groups

Special focus on subjects such as Posters, Latino Art, Storytelling, Folk Art, Public Sculpture, and Post Office Murals.

CD Information Information

Read the grant abstract, goals, and other background information.

CD Eval Team Website Evaluation Team Website

View surveys, data, and more from the Evaluation Team.


Traits of a Constructivist Teacher


...encourage and accept student autonomy and initiative.

...use raw data and primary sources, along with manipulative, interactive, and physical needs.

...use cognitive terminology such as "classify", "analyze", "predict", and "create" when framing tasks.

...allow student responses to drive lessons, shift instructional strategies, and alter content.

...inquire about students' understandings of concepts before sharing their own understandings of these concepts.

...encourage students to engage in dialogue, both with the teacher and with one another.

...encourage student inquiry by asking thoughtful, open-ended questions and encouraging students to ask questions of one another.

...seek elaboration of students' initial responses.

...engage students in experiences that might engender contradictions to their initial hypothesis and then encourage discussion.

...allow wait time after posing questions.

...provide time for students to construct relationships and create metaphors.

...nurture students' natural curiosity through frequent use of the learning cycle model.