Curriculum Construction – Week 9 – Reading Notes 

Jacob, B. (November 2001). Implementing Standards: The California Mathematics Textbook Debacle, Phi Delta Kappan, pp. 264-272. Math Textbooks “I examine California’s recent ‘standards-aligned” mathematics textbook adoption process, which provides a lens to scrutinize the impact of high-stakes policies on classroom practice” Background on California Standards by content areas Revised every 7 years K-8 only, High schools chose their own 1996-1997 Math Adoption Drafted by 4 voluntary Standards Commission Met for 1 year with researchers, mathematicians, and educators Published for review and comment State Board of Education rejected and created a new one 4 Stanford mathematic professors wrote it Removed examples … Continue reading “Curriculum Construction – Week 9 – Reading Notes “

Curriculum Construction – Week 8 – Reading Notes

Eisner, E. (April 2002). The Kind of Schools We Need. Phi Delta Kappan, pp. 576-583. Education is not a science (more of an art) and assessments can’t be void of judgment “Artistry and professional judgment will, in my opinion, always be required to teach well, to make intelligent education policy, to establish personal relationships with our students, and to appraise their growth.” (Eisner, 2002, p577) “Although good teaching uses routines, it is seldom routine. Good teaching depends on sensibility and imagination. It courts surprise. It profits from caring. In short, good teaching is an artistic affair.” (Eisner, 2002, p578) Kinds … Continue reading “Curriculum Construction – Week 8 – Reading Notes”

Curriculum Construction – Week 7 – Reading Notes

Martin, D. S., Saif, P. S., & Thiel, L. (1987). Curriculum development: Who is involved and how. Educational Leadership, 44, 40–48. Research questions on national survey What curriculum changes are needed at the district level? Who at the district level should make decisions about curriculum development? Who should be actively involved in curriculum development? What are the advantages and disadvantages of having teachers participate in curriculum development? What roles should administrators and parents play in curriculum development? Curriculum Development Process Model Aimed at maximizing teacher involvement in curriculum development – 2 to 3 years and 10 steps: Teacher committee – … Continue reading “Curriculum Construction – Week 7 – Reading Notes”

Curriculum Construction – Week 7 – Class Notes

Denise wasn’t there so the CAs Molly and Stephanie led the class very well. We did a Jigsaw exercise where the class was divided into their preassigned roles/lenses we did the readings with. The roles were: Expert teacher Novice teacher Parent with a high performing student Parent with a low performing student School principle (my role) School board member After feeding off of each other about the issues, stances, and solutions we went into the simulation or role playing group, where one of each role was present. During the second half of the class we split into our Project Groups do have some time to … Continue reading “Curriculum Construction – Week 7 – Class Notes”

Curriculum Construction – Week 7 – Curriculum Critique Assignment

Curriculum Critique – tynker.com – Programming 100 Curriculum Construction – Winter 2016 – Lucas Longo Tynker is an online platform that aims to teach programming to children from 7 to 14 years of age or grades 1 through 8, through interactive tutorials in creating the logic for video games. Virtual characters guide the student through each challenge, showing step by step what has to be done. These challenges increase in complexity and gradually introduces new concepts and commands available in the environment. The tool is extremely attractive in term of design and flexible enough to attend to the various age … Continue reading “Curriculum Construction – Week 7 – Curriculum Critique Assignment”

Curriculum Construction – Week 6 – Reading Notes

Banks, J. (1993). The Canon Debate, Knowledge Construction, and Multicultural Education. Educational Researcher, 22(5), pp. 4-14. Dominating groups Western traditionalists Multiculturalists Afrocentrism Polarized debate, primarily in popular press, no productive interactions Positionality – started with feminist movement “Positionality reveals the importance of identifying the positions and frames of reference from which scholars and writers present their data, interpretations, analyses, and instruction (Anzaldúa, 1990; Ellsworth, 1989).”, (Banks, 1993, p. 5) Five types of knowledge Personal/cultural knowledge Popular knowledge Mainstream academic knowledge School knowledge The rules of power “Delpit (1988) has stated that African American students are often unfamiliar with school cultural … Continue reading “Curriculum Construction – Week 6 – Reading Notes”