Hello Eric, my name is Maira Khalid and I am a Middle School teacher in Ontario, Canada. Currently, I am taking a course titled "integrated planning, instruction and assessment" for my "professional master of education" degree at Queen’s University.
After reading your post I was quite intrigued. I like how your decisions were data driven. How did you shape the curriculum based on students’ needs? What were some of the new programs that you created?
In the course that I am currently taking I learned about the different philosophical foundations that shaped the curriculum, the conceptions of curriculum and the curriculum designs teachers use. I realized that contemporary curriculum conceptions such as "Social Resconstructionism" and "Humanistic/Personal Relevenace" (also tied to the progressivism philosophical foundation) of curriculum are most popular as they correspond to a problem/society based curriculum design and learner based curriculum design. Recent research suggests that assessments pertaining the learner centered curriculum design and problem/society based curriculum yield a more in-depth knowledge about the curriculum. What were some underlying factors behind the changes you made in the curricula? What was the long term impacts of the changes you made?
Thankyou for your response. I appreciate that you took students’ opinions for the course evaluations and school culture. Student body is often undermined; however, they can add great value to the observations.
Monthly meetings with the teachers regarding the alignment of standards and curriculum Is a great way to ensure teachers are meeting the expectations. The alignment of curriculum, instruction and assessment are crucial in determining whether or not the learning targets are being met. In doing so, was there a particular type of curricular design in the school that commonly guided the teachers’ planning, instruction and evaluation?
In the course “Integrated Planning, Instruction and Assessment” we discussed the relationships amongst the philosophical foundations of curriculum, conceptions of curriculum and curriculum designs.
Consequently, we determined what kind of planning, instruction, and assessment would best fit each curriculum design. In partners we created a model showcasing our understanding. I have attached the model in this post. My partner and I believe that an amalgamation of all three curriculum designs would be beneficial for the students, and we extended our understanding by tying the conceptions of curriculum to the different domains of the "Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy".
In your practice, did you experience any challenges when evaluating the teacher’s unit plans, instructional strategy and assessments? Did you rely on the curricular designs and the corresponding instructional and assessment strategies to guide them?
I would appreciate your feedback on the model we have created.
Additionally, you mentioned that if the school is faith-based then that component should be integrated as well. I teach in a faith based school and only recently I started incorporating faith into my Language Arts and History lesson plans. I believe the integration solidifies student learning and helps our organization implement their vision.
Thankyou for taking the time out to respond. I really appreciate it.