ECS 210 – Summary of Learning
Hello, my name is Brody Brown, and this is my ECS 210 Summary of Learning presentation.
This journey started off back in September when I was asked: “What is Curriculum?”
Before taking this course, I assumed curriculum was no more than a document or piece of paper in which teachers taught students from.
From one of my first blogs I wrote that “Curriculum was a document created by the government with the assistance of a council of teachers.” While I was not wrong there was more to it than just that. One of the classes readings titled, “Center for Civic Education. What is public policy?” talked about the process curriculum goes through to become official. I learned that the process involves having people such as teachers, other people with authority who had been elected, administrators, and the government with representatives from the Ministry of Education who together first create a draft. This draft is created from looking at the old curriculum then changes are discussed then tested by small groups to see if it works. If successful it is implemented for everyone, if not it is revised an tested again. The process ended up being more political then I originally thought it was.
Curriculum has become more than just a document to me. Curriculum comes in all forms and is not always stated. These types of curriculum include: Formal Curriculum, Hidden Curriculum, Curriculum as Place, and Null Curriculum to name a few but there are more. Curriculum is what you make it and how to teach it.
I see myself approaching the curriculum with an open-mind and look forward to learning from it as well. I find all the approaches fascinating from one another. One of the things I plan to do is trying to integrate Indigenous teachings or emphasize it more than it currently is in curriculum. I talked about how much Indigenous teachings are involved with curriculum in my curriculum critique paper for this class. In that paper I said I believe it is important that we learn about the Indigenous Ways of Knowing but we need to have it in more than just one or two outcomes. While we are beginning to make progress by including it, we need more emphasis on the topic.
When thinking about my agency and approach to curriculum I see myself as a transmitter of curriculum content and a curriculum enhancer. I see myself as these things because I enjoy bringing in multiple aspects of different subjects and curriculum to help create the best learning environment I can. Cross-Curricular education is a great skill to develop because I believe the combination of multiple subjects helps students learn in many ways. The extra reinforcement from a different stance such as Arts Education in Science can make all the difference for a student who learns differently.
Two parts of this course that I found interesting to learn about were What is ‘Common Sense’ and the Tyler Rationale. In class we did a reading called “The Problem of Common Sense” by Kumashiro. In this reading Kumashiro explains the ‘common sense’ as the way things have been done even though he does not agree with it. The reading goes on to explain that since things are done a certain way that works we should not change it. While the ‘common sense’ is a good thing to know it Is important that we find new things that challenge us and enhance our learning and teaching capabilities. This is one of the problems with curriculum. Since we had a curriculum that worked people did not want to change it. However, as time went on and we realized the importance of indigenous learnings in education it was changed to incorporate it.
The second part that I found interesting was the Tyler Rationale. The Tyler Rationale was a method to teach curriculum that I found very similar to my own education experiences in my middle years and high school. This approach had 4 distinct steps: Setting Objectives, Learning Experiences and Content, Organizing Learning Experience’s, and Evaluation. While this method was useful for teaching I found it did not help find the deeper meaning in works or make meaningful connections when learning by it. Both in my blog and now I feel this model can help teachers be successful by being organized and having an outline, however, with students this model only covers the basics of a lesson. Without reinforcement of any kind I find this model troublesome in long-term learners.
The last things I want to discuss now are my uncomfortable learnings and future growth. The uncomfortable learning that impacted me the most was about Residential Schools. Over the past few years I have begun learning more about residential schools and the horrible things that happened and each time we discuss it I think it will become easier to speak about, but it doesn’t. Even though this is uncomfortable to talk about we must. It is apart of history and is why education is where it is today. We as future educators must learn and understand from past mistakes to make the future better for every learner.
I believe that everything in this class will impact my future growth. I have learned more about curriculum and residential schools then I have in any other class which I feel prepares me for the future. I understand what curriculum is, but I also know it is always changing and evolving. As I progress onward in my learning journey I will always keep an open-mind and reflect on what I have learned from this class.