Showing posts from September, 2017

Ralph Tyler and Experiential Learning

One of the courses I'm taking this semester is a curriculum studies course, which I'm finding fascinating and applicable to both my past and future professional work. This past week, we looked at the work of Ralph Tyler, among others, and I found myself quite taken with Tyler's four guiding questions of curriculum development:

What educational purposes should the school seek to attain?What educational experiences can be provided that are likely to attain these purposes?How can these educational experiences be effectively organized?How can we determine whether these purposes are being attained? (Tyler 1970) These questions seem almost intuitive to me, probably because of my teacher training program and subsequent teaching experience, but I don't believe I've ever read Tyler before; I think I had just absorbed these questions as the keys to better understanding my teaching.
As part of the class discussion, it was mentioned that although Tyler's questions are still…

"Writing from this Place"

This week is wrapping up, and that means I've got almost the first full week of my PhD under my belt. I'm slowly working my way through the readings for next week, but even though the page count is daunting, I'm diving into everything I read with excitement; it's a good affirmation that I'm on the right path, that I can read pages upon pages of curriculum theory and find it fascinating, while at the same time digging into each piece and working to orient myself in the broad (and sometimes conflicting) theoretical framework of this profession.

It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me (and even to strangers, after that brief introduction above), that I take a humanistic, self-actualizing approach to teaching and learning. At the base level, this means my search for understanding is motivated by a desire to know myself better, and I've been approaching the readings (and classes, and meetings) this week with a goal of understanding where I "fit&quo…

Blogging my way through a PhD!

Welcome to my new blog space! I'm about to begin my PhD on Monday (eep), and I've been toying with the idea of starting an education-focused blog for some time. With the crisp sense of fall in the air and the surge of undergrads back on campus last week, now seems like a great time to begin something new.

(As if the degree isn't new enough...)

I'm not really sure what form this space will take, but I do know I'll want to talk about the things I'm learning, both in the classroom as a student and in the classroom as a teacher, and I'm also going to talk a fair bit about what I'm reading (for fun and for class), since you can't take the kid lit scholar out of the library even if you tried; I might, depending on the mood, even write about my writing in this space (although if you're interested in my books, I'd recommend this site).

Since classes start on Monday, I'll probably have a lot more to say very soon, but at the very least, I'm p…