What are the greatest benefits and challenges of teaching in the new curriculum?
- The new curriculum is more relevant to the 21st century (more technology)
- The new curriculum encourages more transdisciplinary teaching and learning
- More focused on competencies as opposed to content – competencies such as communication, thinking and personal & social development
- Ignites a new motivation for teachers to learn something new
- The new curriculum is more wide-ranging – covers a broader range of skills
- Gives both students and teachers more autonomy – teachers can therefore pursue their own interest’s/students interests
- Curriculum promotes inquiry – a new way of teaching
- Not enough support/training for the new curriculum
- Training days aren’t planned well – ministry needs to give more direction
- The new report card is a whole new system, which requires time commitment in order to learn
- New concepts to learn
- Having to explain the new curriculum to parents
What questions/concerns do experienced teachers have about implementing the new curriculum?
- Some people don’t like it, because they feel as though someone else is telling them what to do and to change the way they teach
- Q: Where/what are the resources available for the new curriculum?
What do experienced teachers want to communicate to parents about the new curriculum?
- We want to get parents excited about the new curriculum
- We need parents to understand that implementing the new curriculum is going to take time and that there may be some issues at the beginning
- That the new curriculum will better prepare their children for future success
Thank you Sarah! Many benefits, but challenges are big. The alignment (or lack of) between report cards and curriculum approach will be problematic, as you point out.