It is a teacher’s obligation to provide students an education which helps better themselves and their future. Standard O1 states, “Offer an organized curriculum aligned to standards and outcomes”. I see this standard applying core curriculum, school and district standards to the curriculum I teach. As a potential educator for Washington State, it is vital that students receive an education where they are all assessed under the same set of standards. In an article written by Mike Schmoker and Robert J. Marzano (1999), they emphasize the importance of having these standards in our schools. They state that the reason students are receiving different education simply lies with the fact that the amount of knowledge we must present to students is incredibly large and there is a limited amount of time to do so. Below you can find an excerpt detailing some of the issues that teachers face.
“There are enormous differences in what teachers teach in the same subject at the same grade level in the same school. Even when common, highly structured textbooks are used as the basis for a curriculum, teachers make independent and idiosyncratic decisions regarding what should be emphasized, what should be added, and what should be deleted” (Schmoker & Marzano, 1999).
Knowing that the curriculum is immense, it is important that I base my lessons on meeting these assessments and requirements of the state and district. From what I have learned so far in this ARC program, planning your lessons ahead of time and plugging in which areas of assessment you are working on is the best solution. This allows for creating a curriculum that is both interesting and provides the necessary information.
Schmoker, M., & Marzano, R. J. (1999). Using standards and assessments: realizing the promise of standards-based education. Educational Leadership, 56(6),