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Innovative Education: 5 Keys to Creating a Dynamic School Curriculum

Whether over the break or on the weekends, you work busily to make adjustments to your curriculum. Your goal is to provide an engaging experience for all of the students in your classroom. However, knowing exactly how to do that requires some work. Check out the tips below to add some innovation to your curriculum.

Use Evidence and Experience

Coupling evidence about education with your experience as a teacher can allow you to create a powerful blend of knowledge. You know how students respond in real-world settings, and you can build lessons that address these scenarios based on evidence in the educational field. For example, you may use Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences to craft lessons that speak to diverse learners.

Diversify Instruction

Consistently using the same instructional methods is a bore to both you and your students. Also, to build on Gardner’s theory, failure to diversify your lessons means that you aren’t speaking to all members of your classroom. For example, some days, you may want to briefly lecture and then have students create a written response. At other times, you may ask them to move around the classroom to engage in an activity or to draw or paint a response to your inquiry.

Know Your Population

Assessing the students who are in your classroom is a necessary part of creating proper lessons. You may have a section of gifted or advanced placement students, which means you need to make the material more challenging by adding on components or expanding upon the current material. Also, you may work with special-needs students, meaning that you have to review their education plans to determine the strategies that best meet their needs.

Incorporate Hands-on Activities

No matter how diverse your lessons are, students are unlikely to fully absorb them if they are never asked to put skills into practice. Assigning them group projects that they complete both in and out of class and asking them to take time in class to work on equations, word problems and sentences while you walk around the room to help allows them to have practicing time.

Make Interdisciplinary Connections

Students often want to see how their lessons connect outside of the classroom. When you are teaching a history lesson, you can explain how a famous novel was based on this time period. When you are reviewing grammar, you can explain how the parts of sentences fit together much like a math equation. Showing students how the subjects connect with one another can also allow them to better see why learning matters for the outside world.

Creating a school curriculum involves tremendous time and effort, especially when you are a good teacher who wants your students to really absorb and use the material. Following some guidelines can give you a strong start on your next round of curriculum revisions.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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