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What is difference between standards and curriculum?

Jun 16, 2014 12:23am

  • English Language Arts / Foreign Language / Math / Physical Education / Science / Social Studies / Other
  • Pre K-5
  • English Language Learners / Planning / Special Education


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    • Jun 19, 2014 11:50am

      Standard is defined by Merriam Webster as "something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model or example." "Curriculum is defined by Merriam Webster as "the courses that are taught by a school, college, etc.”
      Standards are what underlies the motivation behind a teacher's curriculum. In other words, a teacher's curriculum is based on the standards for the teacher's grade and content level. The standards are what we as teachers want our students to learn and achieve by year’s end-- the curriculum describes not only the course we are teaching, but our framework for the course, which includes our lesson plans, using the various teaching models we intend to implement, so that each individual student has an opportunity to get there.
      The new common core standards require teachers to use all of the models of teaching so as to appeal to a higher range of students and to transition away from the stale, outdated, lecture/ dictatorship model of teaching we have all grown used to. Getting students and teachers out of their comfort zones is one of the goals of the new common core as research shows that it is only once we are out of our comfort zones that we, as learners, either teacher learners or student learners, can grow and become higher achievers.

      • Jun 16, 2014 7:19am


        I actually wrote a blog post about this.

        Here is the content:

        Some opponents of the Common Core argue that the Core is a curriculum that exposes students to inappropriate content or teaching methods. This is not true. An examination of the Common Core will reveal a collection of rigorous standards, or skills, that students need to become successful adults. Instructional strategies and curriculum are not outlined in the Core. You will not see a required reading list or an outline of suggested teaching methods. These important decisions are left to school administrators, curriculum leaders, and classroom teachers, the experts of teaching and learning.

        With the advent of technology and social media, teacher decisions are more public than ever, and sometimes, curriculum selections and instructional strategies are muddied in the waters with the Common Core. It’s important to know that they are separate. As educators, we choose the books we want to teach and the methods we use to teach them. We, therefore, need to spread the message that the Core is not our curriculum. It is a list of standards that unify our profession and help us to set high standards for our students. That isn’t so scary.


        • Jun 18, 2014 4:07pm

          we use the curriculum to address the standards