Developing curriculum is one of the most important things we do as teachers. Sometimes when you get hired into a teaching position there is already a curriculum in place and you don’t have a lot of choice. But more often that not there is either no curriculum or you will be on a team that is developing curriculum at some point.
Personally, for the most part, I think this is fun. We get to take our guidelines, we call them standards, and we figure out the best way to teach them. It is really helpful to know your community but of course you have to know your content. A good team is also key.
We are currently doing this for one of the science classes where I teach. It is the first time I have ever been on such a collaborative team. Honestly, it is the first time I have ever really had a team. Mostly it has just been me, doing my best, by myself.
There are definitely pros and cons to working on a team. I mean sometimes your idea is not the best and sometimes you don’t agree on what is best. Sometimes one person wants to do all the work and sometimes there are people that don’t want to work at all. We all kind of know this. Being by yourself though can be even more stressful. You try your best but in the back of your head you know that there are things you are missing and have no one to talk to about your ideas.
Best case is that you are on an amazing team. Well after today I realized how lucky I am. We worked like a well oiled machine once we had our tasks. We talked though all of our ideas, discussed best practices, and started working on next steps. My team is amazing and I hope all teachers can have this experience at some point in their career.
I would love to hear your curriculum planning stories! Please share them with me.