ChatGPT and Curriculum Writing: Letting AI Be Your Thought Partner

ChatGPT and curriculum writing

When it comes to curriculum writing, AI can be a useful tool and thought partner. Kristina Fulton, a Curriculum and Instruction Specialist at Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 in Pennsylvania, leveraged ChatGPT when drafting a Curriculum Storyboard for Grade 7 Mathematics.

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“ChatGPT is a wonderful thought partner, especially when sometimes we’re isolated in our work and we don’t have someone else to be able to brainstorm with,” Kristina told Allison Zmuda during their LIVE conversation.

Kristina first entered her content, learning targets, skills, and standards into ChatGPT. She then asked how she could tell a story with what she entered while also writing in a language that was relevant and readable to a seventh grader.

“ChatGPT was able to do that pretty well,” Kristina said. “It still was pretty lengthy, but it was able to take what I put together – just a list of skills and how the standards of math practice were being used in that unit – and put it together so that it was readable and in student-friendly language.”

She also used the AI tool to brainstorm questions for inquiry.

“I didn’t want what I would consider to be just an essential question,” she said, “I wanted an essential question that could be debatable.”

She entered prompts into ChatGPT, such as, “baths or showers – which one uses less water?” Then she asked if ChatGPT could turn that into an essential question that had a stance of inquiry or was debatable.

“I think what you’re doing, Kristina, is really enlisting Chat GPT as another thought partner to continue to brainstorm ideas,” commented Allison, “but you’re (also) really taking possession over that aspect of storytelling.”

While ChatGPT was able to help Kristina brainstorm, it wasn’t able to take over the process completely. For example, ChatGPT wasn’t able to cut the content into one page, something she worked with Allison to do.

“That took a lot of reflection to think about what is most important about this story,” said Kristina. “What is most important about this content and how am I going to convey that so that the unit still is coherent, and still tells an accurate story.”

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