"Rigid" Curriculum vs Flexible Curriculum


How can you create an authentic learning environment—one where students ask questions, do research, and explore subjects that fascinate them—in today’s standards-driven atmosphere? Author Larissa Pahomov offers insightful answers based on her experience as a classroom teacher at the Science Leadership Academy—a public high school in Philadelphia that offers a rigorous college-prep curriculum and boasts a 99 percent graduation rate. Pahomov outlines a framework for learning structured around five core values: inquiryresearch collaborationpresentation and reflection.

The world is growing increasingly diverse. Once-divergent cultures are now learning and working together. Discover why your students need an intercultural critical education and how it will help them thrive in an internationalized world. Wrapped in a 21st century skills framework, this book offers specific steps to globalize your classroom and strategies to encourage higher-order thinking.


As a part of the movement to digital learning, the implementation of open educational resources is climbing. States, districts, and local schools are modifying their current policies for approving curricula to include OER materials, encouraging the use of OER at the local level and in some cases providing OER materials. These trends provide educators the opportunity to fully utilize digital instructional materials, including OER, to improve teaching and learning. Click on Utah, Washington, and New York to follow their case studies for implementation.

The role of textbooks as we know them is questionable. It's a digital classroom these days. This a step away from a single print resource toward an arena in which multiple print and digital resources can be used. It can be recognized as another step in the path to become twenty-first century schools. 

The benefits of digital content for student learning are many. Digital content can easily be kept up to date and relevant to students’ lives without the cost of reprinting or redistributing print materials such as a textbook (although digital content can be printed out when the need is there). It can be made available anytime and anywhere, both online and offline, accessible when the student, teacher, or parent needs it, whether from home, school, or another location. And digital content can be far richer and engaging, including not only text, but also high-definition graphics, video clips, animations, simulations, interactive lessons, virtual labs, and online assessments.

El Paso Independence School District has made the move to electronic textbooks. This is their story. "After working with CK12 and these books I believe that every district can do exactly what we did. I encourage you to explore the world of digital text. It is the twenty-first century, we should at least be considering twenty-first century solutions."

An educator should provide a unique learning experience by curating existing learning materials or resources. Curation consists of three equally important steps - seek, sense, and share.