Common Core Drives Interest in Open Education Resources
Education Week: October 15, 2012
“Spurred by the adoption of common-core standards by nearly every state the movement for open education resources is seeing a surge in interest as districts re-evaluate and realign their curricula. Open Education Resources, which are free to use, remix and adapt, also engage teachers more fully in curricula, allowing them to more easily differentiate instructional materials for students,”
This engagement by teachers in creating, remixing and adapting curricula for their classrooms, and even individual students, reminds me of the Montessori Method.
All Montessori teachers are required to create and adapt all of their own learning materials. This allows them to customize the learning materials for each student’s need and Personal Method of Learning.
Not only is this customization wonderful for the students, but I found making the materials creatively satisfying. You have a principle(s) you want to convey and how you do that is completely up to you. I had such fun making my classroom materials.
Teachers in public schools should revel in this opportunity to be creative.
I rescue failing students by remedying the Barriers to Learning