An Elementary Philosophy on Curriculum Today

My philosophy of teaching and learning is a Humanism philosophy with a touch of Constructivism, where every child has the chance to learn at the best of his or her ability. Learning is not constricted to a timeframe where once the content has been taught we move on, even if some students don’t understand. If students don’t understand the information, extra time is spent with that student to ensure that content has been covered. Students have an abundant supply of resources to learn the curriculum hands on from. I also believe that students should take ownership of their learning and become responsible for wanting to learn. I also think that it is important that children respect and understand another person’s perspective as they are learning content information.

Therefore, I personally believe that the purpose of the curriculum is to guide the content that should be taught for educators. And we must make sure those specific content areas that the state has laid out as state standards are being addressed in our classrooms. I also believe that the purpose of the curriculum is to make sure that it scaffolds from grade to grade and that what gets covered in one grade then gets extended in the next and not repeated.

However, I personally feel the purpose of the curriculum is to guide us. Professionally, I feel it is more to control what and when we teach the content. If you look over the years content has jumped from grade to grade, and once that jump has been moved you are no longer allowed to teach that in your classroom because it does not go along with “your curriculum” and there is “no time” to fit it in these days. I believe that curriculum today is influenced by the Constructivism philosophy. This is because curriculum is based on student learning that is open to many interpretations. Our curriculum also gradually releases support as student competence increases over content area. This is especially true in the area of math and science. Science experiments are a perfect example in our curriculum where students have hands-on activities that increase their competency which allows them to increase their knowledge.

My philosophy on curriculum is that each district’s curriculum should be standard throughout the district from school to school, so that if a child moves from within district the content and sequence is all the same as their previous school. The curriculum would have the core foundation of subjects along with objectives, and learning targets that each child should hit throughout the course of the course progression lessons. These core subjects would cover the content that the state mandates us to cover over the course of the year in that particular grade level. This insures that students will all get the same knowledge covered by the time the year is over. A curriculum should be balanced where students have an opportunity to learn from the teacher and each other from hands-on learning through the use of experiments and manipulatives. This way the teacher can gradually release the responsibilities of learning to the students as their knowledge of the content increases. It’s important that the curriculum also creates a strong foundation where the students feel ownership with becoming invested in their own learning.