As a young person in school, I didn’t pay attention to the curriculum at all. I’m sure it has shaped my knowledge in some way, but I don’t recall even thinking about the fact that the teachers were required to teach me certain things. Now that I am in University, I see the affect the curriculum has on a teacher, and it affects how I think about my teaching. Looking back, now that I am aware of curriculum, I had some pretty amazing high school teachers that used a lot of creativity within the curriculum, which I will be able to draw from and use as great examples.
Hidden curriculum that I will have to be cognizant of personally, is the many “norms” that have been present in my life. In my adult life I have become aware of many of these “norms”, and have attempted to challenge them in order to be a better person, and now, a better teacher. One of these is my idea of family and personal relationships. I have always viewed my family, the typical husband and wife with kids, as the normal family. There is no history of divorce or separation in my family, no premarital children, lots of love, they are church attenders, and are society’s typical nuclear family. When I see people who deviate from that, I consider them not normal. I think that this type of family is not the “norm” anymore, and in order to include all my students, and be sensitive to their needs, I need to get over my ideas of the normal family.
The family is just an example of many items of hidden curriculum that I need to focus on. But since I view relationships as highly important in my classroom, I think the family is something that I need to keep front and center as it is the starting point to any relationship. I have definitely challenged my “norms”, but I still have lots of work to do, and it seems like it will be a constant, never ending process.