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A Framework for EvaluationModule 2 ApplicationJanet HabinaAmerican College of EducationCI5103Dr. Dana PollockNovember 22, 20201
A Framework for EvaluationThe Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) defines curriculum as, “A plan or document that a school or school division uses to define what will be taught and the methods thatwill be used to educate and assess students” (Virginia Department of Education. (n.d.).My philosophy aligns with the VDOE’s definition as I believe that curriculum moves beyond just thetextbooks and materials provided by a school or school district. If students are taught with the textbook or materials as the primary component, all students diverse needs will not be met. Curriculum planning teams must take a comprehensive look at all the necessary components to ensure student success. Research does not always agree on the same number of components a curriculum should include, but most include the following at a minimum; purpose,objectives, activities, assessments, and modifications. I believe these are the essential components to creating an effective curriculum. Not only are these components essential, but they must be developed as pieces that will integrate into a comprehensive plan that has the capacity to meet the needs of all learners. "Viewing curriculum and its essential components in an integrated manner provides educators with a comprehensive perspective that allows them to understand more clearly what they teach, as well as allowing them to make more informed curricular decisions for all learners" (Pearson CMG. (n.d.).Meeting an ESL Student’s NeedsMy role in curriculum planning and implementation happens in a variety of layers. Over the past year, I have served on my school districts committee that was tasked with re-writing the math curriculum for our school district. This was a great experience as it allowed me to examine firsthand the necessary components to planning an effective curriculum. With all the work that went into that, I still considered that a layer that must be given further consideration as teachers 2
make instructional decisions to meet the needs of the classroom of learners. For example, the curriculum committee included multiple possible modifications that could be used within in a unit/lesson. However, a teacher examining the needs of her current classroom may need to devisea different modification to meet their needs. My role as a teacher was to write it with all learners in mind, but the reality is it is also my role to make instructional decisions that may lead me to make tweaks to the curriculum for my group of learners.