Scope and Sequence for the
Fairness Ideal

How much time?

The Fairness Module can take anywhere from 12-15 weeks to a whole year to complete. With the exception of the introductory and closing activities, much of the work of the Fairness Module is integrated by way of the thinking routines. This means that no additional instructional time is needed for the activities, though using them meaningfully may mean additional planning time and an addition of time for classroom discussion and practice. A new thinking routine might be introduced every week or two weeks. However, since they are so easy to integrate, you need not hold off on introducing a routine if you think it will be useful. The Fairness Module contains some actual lessons as well. Most notably at the beginning when students' initial ideas are uncovered, in the middle when students are asked to think about occasions for fairness, and at the end when students' current thinking is assessed.


What happens when?

The Fairness Module follows a loose sequence that can be varied and adapted to fit your situation. Uncovering students’ thinking and introducing the concept map need to be done initially to provide you with some basic understanding of where your students' thinking is at with regard to fairness. After that, the thinking routines can be introduced and used in any order. The idea is not to work through each of the routines with a sense of completion or coverage, but to in introduce a new routine in context and then use it as often as it makes sense to do so. In this way the routines become a part of the classroom culture. The probing activities to uncover students' thinking will be repeated at the end of the module. The sequence might look like the following:

Introducing the ideal

Week 1: Initial "Thinking about Thinking" activities

Week 2: Concept maps activity and introduction

General Emphasis: Uncovering students’ thinking about fairness.  You’ll learn what your students’ think about the fairness. During this initial phase you will also introduce students to the Fairness Map to provide an anchor for the key thinking students will be doing throughout the module.

Working with the Ideal

Weeks 3-7: Introduce and practice 2-4 routines (see the Routines)

Week 8: Mid-point Reflection and discussion

Weeks 9-14: Continue to introduce new routines and practice previous ones routines. Work on activities for helping student to spot occasions for fairness.

General Emphasis: Exploring, reflecting, and detecting. Students will explore fairness and the thinking involved with it through regular and repeated use of the routines. Students reflect throughout the module by identify what types of thinking they are using and considering how their ideas about fairness are changing. Students also learn to detect occasions for developing understanding and appreciation of fairness.

Looking at Students’ Conceptual Development

Week 15: Closing Activity and Assessments

General Emphasis: Reviewing and assessing. While you may never completely leave the Fairness Module, these activities allow you and your students to look back at how their thinking about understanding has changed over the course of the module.