For my action research project, I will be studying how to create engaging curriculum that will ensure a deeper understanding of material by all students. Some of our curriculum groups have gotten into the boring rut of notes, worksheets, quizzes, and tests. This method has produced the necessary results in the TAKS world. I’m afraid that we may fall short in the STAAR world as it involves questioning on a deeper level. In addition, I feel that the teachers have become bored with the current curriculum which produces bored students with surface level understanding at best. My current questions to explore are:
1) In what ways will the creation of more engaging and exciting lessons increase student learning at a deeper level?
2) In what ways will using differentiated instruction meet the needs for all learners as well as prepare them for the new state assessment?
3) How do I facilitate the development of a more engaging curriculum with new and veteran teachers, while maintaining a high level of respect for the educators’ experience and abilities?
4) How can the 5E model work into creating the curriculum?