In regards to outcome based curriculum, I do not believe I know very much. Maybe it is one of those terms that I know more about than I think I do! I know what each individual word in the term means, and can make a pretty good guess as to what it is, but cannot confirm if any of it is accurate, or if there is more involved in it than I will mention. I’ve had little exposure to the term, to say the least. So, here is my prediction as to the meaning:
- It is a curriculum that focuses on what the overall goal of the learning is. “What will I know when I’m done?”
- Therefore, it keeps the end in sight.
- The process is not valued quite as highly.
- They are defined goals for all students.
- They give direction for students and teachers.
- They can be quite open-ended.
- They drive instruction, but do not dictate the how (methods) of instruction.
I hope that through this semester, I can revise this list by taking off aspects that are less accurate, expand heavily on some items, and add further points.
Now a note about our first class, and playing in the gymnasium. I viewed it as simply that– playing. The opportunity to run around with classmates, participate, and be active, was a refreshing change when we sit for hours on end in classrooms together but rarely get to move! I had done most of those activities with children before (the pool noodle race and ball toss and catch in particular), but had done them in a context outside of a Physical Education class, and had never considered integrating them into a class setting, so I am now beginning to brainstorm what other games or activities I’ve used that could be adapted for a class!