Curriculum Theory and Practice

I never heard of the Tyler rationale until now. After reading the article given to us. I can come up with a couple of ways it was implemented into my own school. I am from Manitoba, so I used the Manitoba curriculum rather than the Saskatchewan curriculum. The ways we used it back home were to seek direct results from doing certain activities related to the curriculum, such as in English, we’d have to do essays in MLA formatting which was required for us in our curriculum. We’d do other activities such as watching videos on how to do it and just practice and repetition to learn it properly. The educational purposes our teachers provided us were just their normal way of teaching in order for us to  understand the concept and the activity we were doing so that we could be proficient in it. We had also gone on field trips early in high school and all throughout middle school that pertained to what we were learning. In my grade 11 history class, we were learning about a certain time period and we had ended up going on a field trip to a museum that had artifacts and information about that entire time period. That was a cool experience for us that was different from the traditional way of teaching in a classroom.

The limitations I think the Tyler rationale gives us some schools won’t be able to provide the same experiences as other schools. An example of this would be field trips for students to a place that will help the students learn. Some schools may not have enough money in their budget to be able to provide that opportunity. The other limitation to is that is it provides teachers to only teach in the classroom if they choose to. It’s a good way of teaching, but for a student it can become very boring after awhile. Sometimes a classroom needs to be switched up a bit and do something that they don’t do everyday, like class outside if it’s nice enough out, or just a different way of teaching in the classroom, just to switch it up for the students.

The benefits of Tyler’s rationale is it can be organized nicely to almost make it into a checklist. If certain things aren’t being met in the teachings, then teachers can go back and see how they could implement it into the classroom and the lesson. It puts a lot of emphasis on making sure that what is in the curriculum is actually being taught for the students sake, and to make sure that the students are actually understanding it. That’s what I enjoy as a student is actually knowing the teacher cares about you enough to make sure everything that is  required in the curriculum is being taught.

Common sense

Common sense is the idea of knowing exactly how something should be and that’s the only way it should be. These are common concepts that people have become accustomed to in their everyday life. Common sense differs from area to area and depends on where you are in the world. In the readings, in Nepal, it was common sense for teachers to only follow the textbook provided by the government and prepare the students for the end of year exams. If you look in Canada, teachers use a variety of other materials to help teach other than the textbook given to help prepare these kids for not only the end of year exam, but for their lives as well. The reason why it is so important to pay attention to common sense is because it’s different everywhere you go. It depends on region, culture, and other aspects that help add to that common sense knowing. When travelling to another country, it’s especially important to pay attention to what the common sense is because if you stray away from that, it could come of as disrespectful and that you’re trying to go against what everyone is used to. It’s not always a bad thing to go against what is common sense, but not everyone is going to agree with it or be on board with the idea. In the readings given, the teacher in Nepal was asked by students to only use the textbook is his teachings because they felt their education would be jeopardized otherwise. It might not seem like a big deal to go against that common sense and try something different, but as a teacher it’s not only yourself that you’re affecting, but your students and the other teachers around you. The consequences of doing so can be bad depending on where you go. Those students in Nepal had become so accustomed to thee common sense of teaching that they didn’t want it any other way. The idea of common sense is determined on your surroundings, how you were brought up, and the area you are in. It differs from place to place and is why it’s important to pay close attention to it. This is how people live their lives and how they  go about everything, and to come in and go against that could be a good thing for some, or come off as disrespect, it’s dependant on where you are.