Running head: CURRICULUM PHILOSOPHY
Scott C. Hellman
Grand Canyon University
January 27, 2010
It is the school leader that develops a curriculum that is then applied to school surroundings. Curriculum philosophy becomes the force that moves the school closer to its goals. This paper will examine the curriculum philosophy of the author and how this philosophy will have an affect on how curriculum is planned in a school surrounding. The paper will then conclude with a comparison of the philosophy stated by the author compares to the philosophy that is currently in place at Cody High School.
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Once that process has been completed, methods of teaching the curriculum will be utilized and designed around the talents of each teacher to efficiently and effectively teach students. The result will be a completely aligned, standardized, and validated curriculum in each department.
Determine what critical questions your curriculum must answer and the essential elements that must be present in your school for adhering to your philosophy.
The critical questions that any curriculum must answer are:
1. What is said to being taught in the classroom?
2. How is the curriculum actually being taught in the classroom?
3. How do teachers measure if the students met the desired outcomes?
4. What did the students actually learn?
5. What is being done if the students do not understand what is being taught?
“Congruence between the written curriculum (what we say we teach), the enacted curriculum (what we actually teach), the assessed curriculum (what we measure), and the experienced curriculum (what students actually learn) is also essential for achievement” (Henderson & Gornik, 2007, p.36). The essential elements that need to be adhered with in the philosophy are: communication within departments, and a clear understanding of what needs to be taught in the classroom. Communication is a key element that needs to occur for any department to be able to work as a successful unit. Departments must have an Inter-Rater Reliability plan that assures that the standards and benchmarks in the curriculum is consistently be taught and understood. Ways to accomplish this task is by meeting as a department and reviewing unit and final exams to see what students are successfully answering and what is consistently being missed. The department would then need to ascertain if:
1. The question has been effectively been taught in the class.
2. Is the question stated clearly and can be understood without confusion?
3. Does the question need to restated or replaced with a different question?
The answers to these questions are essential for teachers within a department to be able to accurately assess if the standards and benchmarks of a given curriculum are effectively being taught in each classroom. Without the answers to these questions the exams are no longer valid as well as the class.
Compare your philosophy to your school mission statement and beliefs statement.
Park County School District #6 (PCSD#6) current mission state is “Every Student, Every Chance, Every Day”. The philosophy of the author and the mission statement of the school are comparable in the sense that with dedication of the teachers in their Professional Learning Communities to effectively align the curriculum...