April 23, 2009
PANLILIO, Margaux Marie D. (CTP)
Is a curriculum important in the academic setting?
Curriculum guides us teachers with our lessons and helps us keep our instruction organized. It's
important to stick to it, but don't let it get in the way of those "teachable moments" ~ moments when all the
elements around a student including you participate in the learning process. When a topic in the curriculum
develops discussion within the classroom, I go with it. Students learn more that way since they're genuinely
interested. I then try to pick up where we left off and make the time up elsewhere. Teachers and their
curriculum go hand in hand towards the student’s education. A teacher’s pedagogy and curriculum
influences and affects a child’s education, achievement, and on how they will live their lives.
Curriculum has a great impact in the academic setting since this is used as an instrument to
influence students’ lives and as molds on how the future may become. Because of these, teachers
need to plan their curriculum according to the more likely future their students face while at the same time
acknowledging that the students have a future. As a teacher, we will therefore choose and plan curriculum
with other teachers and school administrators according to the students, based who they are (capabilities)
and, what their probable future is, and what lessons would be most useful for them.
KENT DEN HEYER, “What If Curriculum (of a Certain Kind). Doesn’t Matter?”, Jan 2009, Vol.39 Issue 1, pg. 27-40