A well-designed curriculum provides the foundations for student mental wellbeing.
Designing an academic curriculum involves deciding what to teach (and assess) and how best to teach (and assess) your students. In a well-structured curriculum, these core curriculum decisions are made to ensure that:
- There is ‘alignment’ between the curriculum elements – within and across year levels
- Curriculum materials and learning experiences are optimally organised and sequenced
- Planned learning activities promote deep learning and student engagement
- Planned assessment encourages desired behaviours and informs learning
When curriculum elements are aligned, learning is optimally sequenced, and student engagement and progress are fostered, students have a sound foundation for both learning and mental wellbeing.
How might the elements of good curriculum design support student mental wellbeing? (You can review these elements in 1.3 Wellbeing essentials)