My experience with curriculum

Abstract

            Curriculum refers to the main component of a discipline of study. In other words,this refers to the subjects that make up the discipline in question, the goings-on in the classroom in regard to the said subjects, the kind of learning activities that are involved, and the methods of instruction used by instructors in dispatching  knowledge. My experience with curriculum is based on changes I would propose and love to see considered and implemented. My view comes to thought in cognisant of what the curriculum lacks as a whole and of how much use it would become upon implementation of my views which emanate from my experience with curriculum. In my view, a good Curriculum should be for the betterment of all.

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My experience with currriculum

            As mentioned earlier, curriculum refers to the components of a discipline of study. It could also be reffered to as a syllabus since a syllabus encompasses the core subjects to be learnt and other day to day activities in the academic calendar year. A curriculum could also mean a defined  and prescribed course of studies which students must fulfill in order to pass a certain level of education (Tricia ellis,2003-2008). In my opinion, a healthy curriculum should assist learners transit from a state of not-knowing to a state of knowing

            What I envy most about a well planned curriculum is that it caters for all the learners needs  and at the same time equipping the learner with skills he will require in the future or in other sectors like the employment sector. My experience with the curriculum is basically one I can say much about.It is one to be envied as I can boast of well achieved skills and a good chance to getting employment now or in the future. The activities involved in the curriculum I have gone through have instilled in me a sense of discipline and respect to all thanks to subjects like ethics which are being taught in schools.Apart from that, i have discovered a feeling of independence in me and an ability to do anything that is thought to be off the marked boundary. I feel I can rely on my education to be self-reliant, even self-employ myself thanks to the business oriented skills imparted in me by my tutors.

            Many countries are now engaging in revising their curriculums. No curriculum is perfect and all inclusive but still most curriculums go untouched despite the fact that they do not meet the needs of learners. A good curriculum however, is not all perfect as i’ve said as it still fails to meet some needs the learner is need of for growth and enrichment. On the other side of the coin,my experience with the curriculum has been un-nutritious. Just to mention but a few experiences,gone are the days when play days were history. Today,children have play days,and the curriculum has intergrated physical activities otherwise commonly reffered to as physical exercises {P .E.}. which are included in the school curriculum and are even part of the school time table.

            Also of importance is the fact that the curriculum having gone through so many changes, has become less burdensome simply because some subjects have been eliminated from the curriculum and instead some aspects of one subject have been incorporated  into another thus leading to lesser subjects in the curriculum. My experience with the curriculum before such changes was a very demanding type of education and a very burdensome one for that matters simply because the amount of content one has to incorporate by the end of the school year is too much.

            My experience with the exam sector was also frustrating simply because one has to wait for many years to do the main exam, reading loads of work carried from previous years of study.It is very frustrating but still this hasn’t changed and something should be done about it.

            The technology sector has also been ignored, an author said;  ”if we don’t intentionally think about the use of technology in teaching we’re going to miss an opportunity to improve the curriculum and to make a difference” (Willis, Elizabeth M. Raines, Peggy. ( 2001).

            Technology is a most important factor to consider when planning the curriculum.My experience with technology as part of the curriculum is null and void, totally non-existent.during   my schooling days, every thing was done manually, no computers, no projectors or even flash discs but at least this has been improved. Even universities and colleges must make their own decisions concerning the integration of technology into the curriculum (Bruder, 1993).

The kind of technology introduced in schools should be of importance in assisting learners achieve the laid down goals by their schools. Computers and other digital tools must help meet educational goals (Andy, 2008).

            Apart from technology,my experience with a good curriculum also lacked a sense of wanting to meet my needs and interests. It is of utmost importance for a teacher to realize that the kind of decisions they come up with concerning the curriculum and how they administer it will determine greatly to what extent a learner becomes a useful member of a society. A teacher should not just look at teaching and curriculum planning as a job but as an eye opener to greener pastures, therefore decisions made should coincide with the needs and interests of the children in  ones class (Winograd, 1994).

            In relation to special schools, it has been held that a good curriculum for children with special needs should provide materials that stimulate literacy experiences, corelate to real life experiences within a students environment and help the student work toward independence. Special schools should also be treated as  ordinary schools devoid of discrimination (Derek, 1989).

            A good curriculum should be all inclusive and if  it is lacking, some revisions should be made accordingly.

References

Andrew A. Zucky (2008). Transforming schools with technology, havard educational press.

Derek Scott baker,  Keith B. (1989).  making the special schools ordinary. New York. Taylor & Francis.

Tricia ellis-Christensen, What is curriculum. Retrieved on 11-09-2008 from:

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-curriculum.htm.

Willis, Elizabeth M. Raines, Peggy. ( 2001). “Technology in Secondary Teacher Education. (Northern Arizona University’s Integrated Secondary Teacher”, T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In, Sept 2001 Issue

Winograd, Ken, Comp et al (1994).  Language learning across the curriculum

 

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