For the last three years, I worked as full time as a teacher and also attended school full time, as I was working toward earning a doctorate. Thankfully, that crazy train has ended - I earned my Ed.D. in Learning and Innovation last May. I learned so much, and now I realize exactly how little I really know! During my dissertation journey, I researched roles that educative curriculum materials can play in teacher learning. I thoroughly believe that teachers learn right alongside their students - and that's how it should be. I experienced this myself when I was a corporate trainer and I still do as a classroom teacher.
Curriculum materials, such as textbooks, are ubiquitous in schools. We have all experienced reading from a textbook and recognize that the information provided in those standard curriculum materials is typically solely for the students. My focus, educative curriculum materials (ECMs), can include textbooks or other common classroom curriculum materials, but what sets ECMs apart is their ability to help to increase teachers' knowledge, not just student knowledge. These kinds of materials help teachers develop more general knowledge that they can apply flexibly in new situations.
Teacher’s manuals can certainly increase teacher’s knowledge, but if the reader skims the material instead of noting all the tips and tricks that are included, and reflecting deeply on how the information can be applied to their own pedagogical practice, the manual will fail to provide the teacher with new knowledge that can be applied in different situations.
My goal was to find a way to make the teacher's manuals more accessible to teachers. Quite honestly, no teacher has the time to read those huge manuals for each subject. It's too much, and it's not reasonable to expect them to do so.
Curious what I learned? Keep reading! The next post will give you more information about my journey!
Elementary Teacher/ Teacherpreneur
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