What I learned in my journey/Curriculum as a Cultural and Social Practice…..
Reflect on and synthesize your understandings of curriculum. What is curriculum? How have your understandings of curriculum changed throughout the course? Why?
Curriculum incudes a philosophy of the subject area, includes competencies that are necessary to develop in our students and also is the information that students need to know and be able to do. It is approved by Saskatchewan Education. All of our teachers must follow the curriculum.
Throughout the course my understandings changed as it is much more than just content. For example, the ELA curriculum includes key areas of a language arts program, the goals of the program, and the aim of ELA. It goes way beyond just indicating what a student should be able to do.
All teachers are simultaneously consumers, critics and producers of curriculum. In what ways you see yourself approaching curriculum?
Teachers are consumers of curriculum as they have to use it within their classroom. Teachers are not necessary critiques of curriculum as often teachers use it without question or reflecting on what could enhance learning of students. Teachers are sometimes producers of curriculum if they sit on a development curriculum but this is not often in our province.
I see myself being critical and ensuring that I see the value in the curriculum that I teach. Strong instructional practices impact student learning and the curriculum needs to allow teachers to use approaches that work for them and enhances student learning.
Thinking on your agency and approach to curriculum, how do you see yourself as a curriculum developer, curriculum maker, transmitter of curriculum content, curriculum shaper, curriculum enhancer, etc.?
I think that after I experience planning and using curriculum in a classroom, I would enjoy learning more about curriculum development and curriculum shaping. It would be enjoyable to learn more about what is working in countries who have high student results and have leading scores in assessments. In order to do this thoroughly, I would need to also experience more in the classroom and learn about students’ development.
Examine how this “place,” ECS210, has shaped you? Challenged your beliefs? Made you experience some bumps or uncomfortable learnings?
We need to always consider place and context when teaching curriculum. We need to be aware of the history of Canada and teach appropriate and accurate content. Our curriculum supports teaching of First Nations, Metis and Inuit perspectives and teachers need to embed this into the outcomes.
We are always in the process of becoming teachers. What areas of growth do you identify for yourself?
I have identified assessment as an area of growth. As I read curriculum and recognize the broad statements of outcomes, it will be a challenge to determine what that looks like at the different level. How will I know when a student is achieving the outcome? This is something that I continue to ask and learn about. Students need to be able to relate to the concept, which is being taught, or know a real life situation to relate it to or example that could support their learning of a concept. Therefore, I also know that I want to make learning meaningful to students.
What questions/fears remain? How will you address them?
I have two years left in my university and I hope that I will be confident in my knowledge. There is so much to learn about different curriculum and assessments. There are ways to teach that I have not experienced and I feel that I need to know more in this area as well. As teachers, we prepare students to be successful by ensuring that they acquire the necessary skills to be successful in today’s world and through the board areas of learning and competencies, they will develop skills that will transfer to various situations and settings so they are able to be successful outside of the classroom.
What is your understanding of curriculum now – after taking this course?
The curriculum is not just the list of outcomes and indicators but also enables teachers to teach beyond the facts to get to the depth of deeper learning where students are able to transfer their knowledge to different contexts.
How do you help students have a deep understanding and learn the outcomes in a useful way?
The ELA curriculum is more concept-based, this curriculum teaches students a deeper level of skills and knowledge that can be used in various learning situations throughout their life. We as teachers need to ensure we do no teach just facts, but we teach students how to problem solve and transfer knowledge to different situations (and not just memorize facts)
The 4 Blogs:
- First Nations, Metis, and Inuit perspectives and content in curriculum teaching – February 27, 2019
- Curriculum As Place – February 16, 2019
(List some of the ways that you see reinhabitation and decolonization happening throughout the narrative)
3. Curriculum as Citizenship – March 8, 2019
Math as Curriculum – March 14, 2019