As a teacher and now component of Unlock the Teacher, I read, write and work with schools on curriculum and curriculum alignment projects. I was taught early on in my career and I also believe, that if a school has a good curriculum base (a living curriculum), then the sky is the limit for teachers in the classroom. Once a curriculum cornerstone is in place, the framework is there and this makes scaffolding curriculum to meet the needs of all learners in a building so much easier.
- Teachers can collaborate more efficiently, knowing what grade level expectations are.
- Lessons can be more enhanced, working within guidelines vs. shooting from the hip or from the dark.
- Teachers then do not have to feel they need to teach by the text but utilize textbooks as they are meant to be…tools to enhance the learning process.
Don’t get me wrong, textbooks are an essential component of the learning process. Good textbooks, written to speak to multiple learning styles, can change the way a student feels about any given subject. However, textbooks are but one piece of the learning puzzle.
That is why, when I stumble upon a good book or curriculum materials from authors like: Solution Tree, Elaine McEwan, Thomas Lickona (Educating for Character~ I highly recommend), Rachel Kessler (The Soul of Education) and Maxine Greene (Releasing the Imagination), I love to share it. The collaborative process is one of my favorite aspects about teaching and working within schools.
Given all this, I wanted to share with all of our readers, a blog I find a wonderful tool for all things curriculum: The Common Core Daily by Carolyn Starkey.
Carolyn’s blog is a great resource for teachers, administrators, curriculum publishing companies and any parent who enjoys reading about curriculum being taught in schools across the United States. She highlights all views on the Common Core State Standards Initiative and shares great tips she finds online. It has become one of my favorite blogs to read and I highly recommend it. 🙂 It is also a great resource for meeting and adding those who work within the world of education to your Professional Learning Network (PLN).
Let me know your thoughts…
May we seek knowledge in all things,