In general, curriculum includes all of the educational experiences available students. This includes academic areas and subjects (e.g., math, literacy, etc.), as well as the domains of development (e.g., language, cognition, etc.). Since schools and centers are responsible for ensuring children achieve in these areas, standards for achievement are set in place. Standards indicate what children should be able to do within a subject area or domain of development (The Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation, 2018). Standards are a key indicator of student success, yet they vary widely by state. While standards are a guide and do not dictate the curriculum you will be teaching, it is important as educators that we not only know what the standards are for our individual states, but also the role they play in our ability to plan effective instruction.
To prepare for this journal, STATE IS NEW YORK
- Review the resource Early Learning and Developmental Guidelines (Links to an external site.) and find your state’s early learning and development guidelines. Read the guidelines for your state.
- Review the resource Standards in Your State (Links to an external site.) and find your state’s standards. Read the standards for your state. Note: if your state is listed as not adopting Common Core, go the S. Department of Education (Links to an external site.) website and click on your state to find your state standards.
For your journal,
- Write a reflection on the following questions:
- After reading the standards for your state, how do you feel about your role and ability as an educator to align these standards to the curriculum you will be teaching?
- Why do you feel it is important to use standards as a guide as you plan for children’s learning experiences?
- What are at least two ways you can help families understand the connection between the standards and the curriculum you will be teaching?
Suggested Assignment Length
- One to two double-spaced pages (not including title and reference pages).
Research and Resource Expectations
- Sources are not required for your journal assignments. However, if you need to cite information, you must cite in APA format and include a reference page.
Writing and Formatting Expectations
- Syntax and Mechanics: Writing displays meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling, grammar, and punctuation.