Some people argue that a curriculum in the classroom is important to a teacher just as a rifle is important to a soldier in a battle. A well-designed curriculum not only outlines the class's majors milestones and deadlines but also gives the teacher an overview of the big picture of the class.

Therefore, it is essential for a teacher to dedicate an appropriate amount of time to classroom curriculum planning. In order to come up with a successful curriculum, here are the 4 recommended tips for teachers.

Establish the objectives of the curriculum in the classroom

First of all, before actually getting any actual work done, the teacher should identify the main objectives that he wants his learners to achieve. He needs to take into considerations the characteristics of his target learners such as their age, general backgrounds and the reasons why they take this specific course.

After that, the teacher should decide the primary purposes of his class, whether to teach the learners a practical skill or to provide theoretical background for a subject. Based on the information, he can proceed to select the most effective teaching methodologies, approaches, and resources for the class.

Map out the classroom curriculum

After having a good idea about the main goals of the class, the teacher can select the most suitable teaching materials and resources. The next step in classroom curriculum planning is to make a map of the whole course's process and divide the resources into units and lessons.

For example if the course is 4 month long and should cover 16 units, on average, each week, the teacher has to complete 1 unit. By studying the materials in advance, the teacher can allocate more time to more important or harder topics, and spend less time on other units. Each lesson should also have its own objectives and specific activities that best convey the materials.

Incorporate projects for individual learning and further research

A great class curriculum should have plans for students not only during the class time but also in the future when they finish the course. When crafting the curriculum, the teacher can pick some important topics and introduce some self-learning materials, references or individual projects for those who wish to study further about the subject.

Determine evaluation measures during the process of classroom curriculum planning

Class evaluation and student evaluation are crucial parts of a curriculum. For students, the curriculum should point out how they are evaluated through exams, quizzes and their class participation. For the class as a whole, the teacher should also think about what make his course a success or a failure.

Without clear predetermined assessment criteria, the teacher will not be able to evaluate his class' strengths and weaknesses to improve his curriculum for future uses. Moreover, students also benefit from a well-defined evaluation standard as they understand what the teacher is looking for and plan their study accordingly. 

In essence, without a good curriculum, it will be difficult for the teacher to keep track of his teaching. Nowadays, there are many free online classroom curriculum resources available on the Internet, and teachers should definitely take advantage of them.


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