Today's Targets:

  • I can explain a complex definition for "curriculum"
  • I can access curriculum standards for my subject area and brainstorm learning activities aligned with a given standard.



9:25 - 9:40 - Welcome and Review (Mary)
  • Notetaker: Hailey
  • Photographer: Jenn
  • Reviewer: Audrey
  • Syllabus questions?

Syllabus recap:
-Ed TPA - What is it?
  • Video, lesson plans, 40 pg. text
  • this means that we will be tested against good standards, and most of the ed candidates do well
-Attendance - treat it as your teaching job - this means you need to let Dr. Case know if you absolutley can't make it.

9:40 - 10:00 - Professional Introductions

Tips and tricks for intro:
  • confidence
  • Professional appearance - name, looks
  • Share stories or pictures to help connect
  • Start with something related to your certification (language, drumming)
  • Make sure your topics and words are appropriate for age - your examples need to make sense to them


10:00 - 10:30 - Introduction to Curriculum
  • "Line up" - Assumptions about Curriculum - Do you agree or disagree with these statements?
    • Curriculum should be grounded in information that every educated person should know.
    • Curriculum should be common across local schools and grades, but doesn't need to be common beyond the state level.
    • A national curriculum is critical to improving the education of students in the United States.
    • Teachers should be allowed to select their own curriculum based on their expertise and the needs and interests of their students.
    • Curriculum should be tailored to the individual student; one-size curriculum does not fit all.
    • Parents should have a major voice in determining school curriculum.
    • Curriculum should focus on developing critical thinking skills rather than covering specific information.
    • The "information age" demands a new approach to curriculum.
    • Teachers are under a professional obligation to teach the prescribed curriculum.
    • Standardized tests are a good way to measure student achievement related to prescribed curriculum

What is Curriculum?
  • Content and skills taught
  • Structure for schooling
  • text and materials
  • learning goals
    • how the class room is oriented
  • NOT JUST THE TEXT BOOK

  • Types of Curriculum (whiteboard game)
    • Formal: Policy that is stated by the school district, that dictates the content to be taught
    • Hidden: Norms and assumptions (like raising hands) that are practiced
    • Null: Content that is not supposed to be taught, or that is left out, creating bias or incomplete perspectives
    • Curriculum in Use: Content that is actually taught (end of the day, what actually happens)
    • Received Curriculum: What the students actually learn - not what they are "supposed" to learn
    • Curriculum as windows or mirrors: Does the content show the same world the students live in? Or does it show a different experience then they already have? - It should be both - students need to see themselves in their education so it will seem pertinent, and also need to see other possibilities so they can grow as students
      • Could it be a wall? - keeping them from going anywhere - fault of the content? (DAWN)
      • if it is too far from their experience, could it shut them down?

White board game: (good assessment for middle schoolers!)
Write the type of curriculum!

    • Jenn focuses on chapters in her text book that help for the AP test - Curriculum in use
    • Morgan and tanzanian folk stories - window
    • Jurassic age is left out of geology - Null Curriculum
    • Students are confused by hidden curriculum on test - Received curriculum
    • Student stands up when teacher walks in - Hidden curriculum

  • Curriculum Sources:
    • text books
    • own experience!!! (You is smart)
    • Workbooks
    • Peers and colleagues (secret and awesome online secret things)
    • Media, novels, youtube,
    • Pacing guide - district or school documents to tell you where you should be in your curriculum (scope and sequence)
  • Curriculum standards:
    • learning outcomes/ learning goals
    • bench marks for learning
    • Where can you find these standards?
      • Common core,
      • State education standards
      • school district or school
      • national organizations with standards for specific disciplines,

10:30 - 10:40 - Break

10:40 - 11:35 - Curriculum Standards
  • Common Core discussion

Goal of common core:
  • college readiness - to make all students come to college with the same college preparedness
    • not Obama - big corporations, republican governors, and then later social justice and privatization movements. (most states signed on at state level)
    • Not from legislation at first, until it was tied to money from Obama administration
    • Basically it has become super entangled in politics and big money
    • implementation will be a huge challenge - assessing students and teachers on brand new curriculum would not work


Standards Activity
1. Find the standards documents for your subject area.

2. Browse the standards for two grades/courses you could imagine teaching someday.

3. Copy two standards from each grade/course. Brainstorm several learning activities students might do to make progress towards achieving these standards.

11:35 - 11:50 - Finish professional introductions

11:50 - 12:00 - Sample lesson

12:00 - 12:05 - Closure