It’s Not What We Teach, It’s What They Learn

Read this article and respond to the following.

Quote a sentence that really struck you as true from this article.  Have you experienced what the sentence is describing or done it yourself?

What do you think of this quote?

“Teaching,” as Deborah Meier has reminded us, “is mostly listening.” (It’s the learners, she adds, who should be doing most of the “telling,” based on how they grapple with an engaging curriculum.) Who does the listening and who does the talking in most American classrooms?



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Your Reflections on 9/11

So, all of us remember where we were on the morning of September 11, 2001.  This is the defining moment for many of our students who will forever be in a world where such unwarranted destruction can happen at a moment’s notice.  A world where we are fighting a war against terrorism and weapons of mass destruction that we can’t even see and not doing a great job of winning against our enemies.  

 Visit these sites about 9/11 and then share with the class on the blog what  you were doing on that day and how you handled it with your students, family, friends, etc.  Did you use it as a teachable moment? Did you think your students were too young? Did you watch television that week–none, some, a lot? Did you pause on that Friday for the moments of silence and prayer at the nationwide vigil?


US newspapers

International newspapers

From the Newseum in Washington DC

From Poynter


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Social Foundations of Curriculum

In this week’s chapter, the discussion focused around how curriculum is shaped by social forces. There are many ways that the school influences the community. These influences include citizenship, intellectualism, and vocational preparation.  And society influences schools through parental involvement, tradition, textbooks, laws, religion and moral values, research, poverty, changes in family structure, and multicultural issues.

Please respond to ONE of the following in the comments section.

What is a topic discussed in the chapter that you had not considered as part of curriculum? How has this chapter changed your mind about the topic’s impact on curriculum?


What evidence do you have that your school’s culture affects its curriculum?


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Welcome to ED 501!

Welcome to Educational Planning ED 501 at the University of West Alabama!

I am looking forward to our conversations about curriculum in the coming weeks.  I hope we will be able to create a vibrant online community with this blog.  I want this online space to be a place where we can discuss curriculum, voice our opinions, collaborate with one another, and reflect on what curriculum means.  Please respond to this post in a comment and include the following information:  Your name, where you live, any family information you want to share, where you teach,  what you teach (grade and subject), and anything else you would like to share with me and the class.


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