Reaffirming the Power to Decide
Based on experience, current data, and team collaboration, teachers must interpret the learning needs of students. Although integrity of the core curriculum is important, pace should never come before the learning needs of the student.
Why is this Important?
Although a sequential and aligned core curriculum is important for progression of student learning, pace is not the same as rigor. Based on data and observation, teachers need the autonomy to make instructional and content decision to better support the learning needs of the student. At the elementary level, ensuring that every student develops an excitement for learning and a solid foundation in core skills, is more important than consistently following a prescribed textbook curriculum.
Does my team have a process to follow when making decision to modify the core curriculum?
What sources of student data are currently available to inform our discussion about student needs?
Do I know what resources are available and how to request them?
Are there opportunities for me to incorporate authentic tasks that support deeper learning?
- Grade‐level teams need to identify the parameters where they can adjust, modify, and change the core curriculum to better support the student.
- Building funds should be reserved for unanticipated resources to support the emerging needs of teachers for students.
- Teachers need to identify relevant sources of data that can be used in making curriculum decisions to support struggling and advanced students.
- Intellectually engaging learning tasks require additional time to develop and implement. Activities that take students into deeper learning beyond the core curriculum are encouraged and will be supported.