How to Select New School Curriculum: Questions to Consider
Implementing a new curriculum at a school is not something to be taken lightly. With that in mind, this writer has compiled a list of important aspects, and questions to consider when looking for a new curriculum.
As an example, and for the purpose of this article, the writer will focus upon what teachers and parents should consider when looking for a new history curriculum.
The following is a list of questions the curriculum selector should consider when reviewing a new (or old) curriculum for implementation:
Does the history curriculum flow sequentially?
- Is the curriculum logical?
- Does the information carry over from grade to grade?
Does the history curriculum flow cyclically?
- Is the same info covered each year, but at a higher comprehension level?
- Does the history curriculum include built-in review?
- Does the curriculum start out with basic information and then build upon the foundation with detail?
Explain how the history curriculum is or is not grade-level appropriate.
- Are the words “too big” for students to read and understand?
- Are the concepts and suggested assignments on-target?
- Does the curriculum include activities, homework hints and suggested further research that reach all academic levels?
Does the history curriculum — including supplemental materials — fall within the school’s budget?
What is the relationship between the history curriculum and instruction?
- Does the book give specific examples of what to teach when?
- Is there a guide to show progress?
Does the history curriculum respect the family unit?
- Does the curriculum reinforce concepts taught at home and at church?
- Does the history curriculum respect human rights?
Does the history curriculum include assessment? Does it call for higher-level thinking?
Does the history curriculum integrate technology?
Does the curriculum “link believing, thinking, and doing”?
- Does the curriculum encourage students to make their own decisions?
- Does the curriculum develop creative thinking skills?
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