Today’s blog post is brought to you by Danielle Fischer.
Students shuffle into the classroom ready for another day of learning. They sit in their seats, intently waiting for the interesting and exciting content their instructor has worked so hard to prepare. Little do they know that the 45 minutes they are spending in the classroom has taken hours of curriculum design and development to prepare.
Curriculum development involves the implementation of a variety of teaching strategies and methods in order to create an atmosphere that encourages authentic learning experiences while aligning with content objectives. Curriculum development is very important because it forces the instructor to take into account not only the content, but also the impact and reach of every lesson they teach. Education is something that reaches the whole student. It is important that each lesson focuses not only on the content, but also on the personal growth of the student. This involves utilizing specific learning theories, differentiation, and authentic real-life experiences.
At the STEM Center, we try to encourage our students to create a connection and love for science, as well as a love for the process of learning. Because of this, we try to include activities and tools that embolden students to discover the joy in science for themselves. This ranges from teaching students how to collect and analyze data to using nationwide citizen science tools to contribute to national research projects. Instructors at the STEM Center spend a great deal of time on curriculum development so that our students can get the best out of each lesson and activity that we provide. The students we teach are our future, and we strive to give them the tools and passion to create the best future possible.