Our teachers are phenomenal - they have been here forever and REALLY know the curriculum. We do everything by the book.
I like being a school detective. This would make for good reality TV.
Tell me what you notice...
I have the enviable job of walking into schools and giving them feedback. Today I visited School A.
Once I explained that students refuse to learn when their identity is not reflected, teachers came up with their own solutions.
Find out their interests and work that into our teaching
Let's use more diverse authors!
Kids need more choice in their work and assesments
We need to connect content to students' own lives
And yet, Shool A's standardized test scores were down - AGAIN! What's going on here?
It became clear through conversations that improving student success meant changing the school culture ...
So the hidden curriculum is about all the subtle ways that the the dominant culture asserts its superiority and most of our kids aren't part of that...
My first step was to interview the teachers. I did a couple of focus groups. It turned out that most teachers were still using traditional methods. This did NOT match the needs of their diverse population.
School A had the "what" all figured out. But communities change and education needs to change along with them.
Mystery solved. Thank you for working with us.
Teachers understood that when students feel reflected in the curriculum, they open up to learning,
I need to make more real world connections
How about trying more drama and role play to bring material to life?
Let's get the students to think globally and act locally.
Guest speakers from the community
I need to do more open-ended problems. I want to see what THEY come up with.
Our Spec.Ed students are especially not part of it...
...To a culture where everyone really belongs.
For our ASD kids, social norms and behaviour expectations are "hidden" on top of all this!
School A just needed to change the "how" of teaching the curriculum by looking at it through their students' eyes .
You were right - the teachers here ARE phenomenal. They have high expectations and are committed to teaching to the curriculum.