Graduation Year

2012

Location

Lower Level, Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

14-4-2012 9:00 AM

End Date

14-4-2012 10:00 AM

Description

In many school districts in the United States, teachers are expected to follow a strict classroom curriculum, created by the administration, state, or other groups rather than the teachers. Many teachers have reported facing struggles associated with following this type of mandated curriculum. Some teachers need guidance and don’t have the time or resources to be able to create a curriculum on their own, while others know their students best and feel having a mandated curriculum may prevent some students from being able to learn. My paper will explore the benefits and drawbacks of the mandated curricula currently in use. My findings suggest it is beneficial to have a set curriculum to ensure all students receive equal chances to excel and gain the proper knowledge for their grade level, but will also allow the teachers to have flexibility adjusting their curriculums to scaffold to the individual needs of their students.

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Challenging the Current Curricula: A Look into Individualizing Teaching

Lower Level, Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

In many school districts in the United States, teachers are expected to follow a strict classroom curriculum, created by the administration, state, or other groups rather than the teachers. Many teachers have reported facing struggles associated with following this type of mandated curriculum. Some teachers need guidance and don’t have the time or resources to be able to create a curriculum on their own, while others know their students best and feel having a mandated curriculum may prevent some students from being able to learn. My paper will explore the benefits and drawbacks of the mandated curricula currently in use. My findings suggest it is beneficial to have a set curriculum to ensure all students receive equal chances to excel and gain the proper knowledge for their grade level, but will also allow the teachers to have flexibility adjusting their curriculums to scaffold to the individual needs of their students.