"As an educator, there are many factors in creating a successful student. To be a successful student, the student must own the learning. The teacher cannot be the fountain of knowledge. Rather, the teacher should be the facilitator. Students must be exposed to critical thought and the various levels of questioning. For example, an educator must be prepared to carefully preplan questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy. Parents and the community must be involved in a positive manner to influence student learning. The school should be the positive center of the "village." When planning lessons, a great teacher does not merely depend on the textbook. A great teacher uses the standards and any pertinent supplemental resources that will aid the student in mastering the standard NOT the textbook."
-- C.D. from Alabama
"Having concrete steps from creating lesson plans, securing resources, crafting goals, create objectives and goals, all in concert to formulate a logical, sequential curriculum that achieves the stated goals and objectives. What the course has done has gathered all this information that seemed sort of scattered and fractured into a meaningful outline for formulating a curriculum. I think what I found surprising is how simple the process can be when following a simple formula. I especially like the team approach to developing curriculum as opposed to individual. I found the course to be very informative and useful in the future for when I will need to create or adjust existing cirriculum."
-- W.D. from New York
"I found that the steps for building curriculum to be insightful. While I had been using many of these steps on my own, I had not really ever stopped to think about where the process came from. I was extremely interested in the history of curriculum development. I was also surprised to learn that relative to human history, it was a fairly new concept in education. I had never heard of Prosser and Dewey or their contributions that shaped what we now think of as the educational process. "
-- S.S. from Washington