When I was named to the Curriculum Development Prototyping team in May I had many questions:
Could teachers and community come together to prototype curriculum that serves Alberta’s students better than if we were not involved? Are we ready for this invitation to explore new ways of doing things?
Would people engage in such a process? Is the co-creating of curriculum some fanciful impossibility or a sign of an inevitable evolution in the way we do things?
What impact might our collective “best thinking” on curriculum have on Curriculum Redesign undertaken and written by Alberta Education?
Our experience so far has been very encouraging. Engaging our communities and educators, even at this early stage, has led to a number of insights for our group. Students, teachers and community members are very aligned in their desire to create the conditions that lead to more engaging and meaningful learning experiences in schools. Despite our high expectations, we keep getting surprised by how quickly participants grasp and take hold of what our group has been immersed in so deeply, and then move us forward in varied and surprising ways. We are absolutely “up to” this challenge.
If you wish to join the conversation or participate further please visit inspiredcurriculum.ca, join our twitter conversation at #ABCDPchat from 8-9pm MDT on Wednesdays or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about how you can become more involved in prototyping curriculum.
Paul Genge (@paulgenge) is part of the Curriculum Synthesis Team - His interests in education are include new media, participatory culture, design-based learning, learning ecologies, learning in community, assessment, student engagement and authentic, real world tasks.