The Massachusetts Department of Education has spent much of the last several years organizing, promoting, developing and expecting schools to use the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. To students, teachers and administrators of the state, that comes as no surprise. Sometimes it is not easy fitting nationally developed textbooks into the mix.
Well then, “Just design your own curriculum; write your own textbooks.”
Sounds silly, doesn’t it?
Textbooks are the product of professionals!
Well, teachers are professionals.
I couldn’t do it alone.
There’s some good news. You don’t have to do it alone. The Internet has provided us with the resources to use. There are several groups of educators that have started the process of producing open source materials specifically for use in K12 classrooms.
You can pull together pieces from many sources, tweak them to your satisfaction, get them into shape for your students. Do it step-by-step. Don’t rush. Start with one lesson plan. Test it with one class. You do that anyway when you do a lesson with a textbook somebody else decided you should use.
Okay, then where should I look for these resources?
I certainly don’t know them all, but here’s a short list of places to begin.
Open Curriculum Project – http://wiki.bssd.org/index.php/Main_Page
OpenPlanner – http://www.openplanner.org/about
WikiTeach – http://www.wikiteach.org/
Oh, yeah, one more thing. Share a story of your efforts with us.