As you are designing curriculum, it is important to incorporate activities and lessons for all learning styles. You can even offer multiple options (ex. students may choose between writing an exam or making a short movie).
A syllabus will function slightly differently for our model. Your curriculum syllabus is more for you, it should be a detailed plan that lays out assignments, activities, units, chapters, etc, and guides the development of your curriculum.
One of the principles of Tomorrow Academy education is that it should be an international curriculum, not just based on western art/literature etc. As you saw in the syllabus above, we are making an effort to incorporate and teach about cultures around the world, and to find the most accurate history. We also want to make sure we are teaching from the perspectives of people who were actually impacted. A good example of not doing this is To Kill a Mockingbird. This wildly popular book is used to teach about segregation and the Black American experience. The problem with this is that it was written by a white person, about a white person, for white people. Although this book certainly has its place in literature, we cannot expect it to accurately and fairly teach about the Black Experience. As we provide our students with books, poems, etc, we need to make sure they are from a member of the community we are trying to teach about.
Also, our curriculum should not be based off of your school experience. You don't just want Western books! If you are looking for literary resources for your curriculum, look for them from all over the globe, we are an International school after all!
Why diversity in our curriculum is so important:
Children need to see themselves represented as people who are powerful, emotional, beautiful, strong. They need to know that they are valid and that they are not alone.
Children need to see others represented as people who are powerful, emotional, beautiful, strong. Good representation is one of the greatest ways to indirectly teach children that people are all alike.
Representation can destroy stigmas. Sexism, homophobia, racism, ableism are all prevalent around the world. When, for example, a little girl student sees a story about a female police officer, she will know that she can be a police officer too! (Something not common in developing nations). Exposure to other beliefs and lifestyles will teach children to be more tolerant and kind.
Ways you can have diverse curriculum:
Include literature from all over the world and from all different perspectives.
Give all sides of the story.
If you use illustrations, include dark skinned characters, disabled characters, etc. Let every child see themselves represented. Show them the beauty in diversity and difference.
If you are writing a story or a word problem, use names from all over the world! (You can find other names with a simple Google search).
As a school, we also want to put a focus on cultivating passion in our students; teaching them about the world around them and how they can make it better. Try to incorporate this into your curriculum, for example, you could include stories about children who help their communities, or you could teach about climate change.
The students who will be using your curriculum live in developing nations. Many of them live in orphanages. They may eat different foods, go to different places, and over all have different life experiences than you. We need to be sure that our curriculum is mostly relevant to them, so please take some time to virtually explore our target countries! Some resources to get you started:
A few things to keep in mind:
if you want to use resources (videos, worksheets, pictures, drawings, etc) from someone else, you need to contact them, explain what and how you will use it, and have them fill out this wavier.
Curriculum should be about 180 days long.
1 day=1 lesson. Curriculum should composed of videos, pictures, and slides, and each day/lesson should have 10 slides or less of content in order to fit in an Instagram post.
If you make a video, try to speak slowly and clearly, as children may not understand your accent very well.
Many of our students do not speak English or are just learning English.
Please notify Tomorrow Academy head Bree Edwards when you have finished this training.