CURRICULUM INTRODUCTION

“I felt approaching footsteps. I stretched out my hand as I supposed to my mother. Someone took it, and I was caught up and held close in the arms of her who had come to reveal all things to me, and more than all this else, to love me.”

“The beautiful truth burst upon my mind – I felt that there were invisible lines stretched between my spirit and the spirit of others.”

~ Helen Keller

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The NC Teacher Cadet Curriculum is designed to introduce the beginning student to the field of education. Its perspective on education comes from the Latin root educere, to draw out, to lead forth; thus, it is not a book to be read and memorized; it is meant to be experienced as Helen Keller experienced both the love of her teacher and learned the “beautiful truth” that connected her with others.

Teachers using this text might need to view their roles differently than they have in the past. We see the teacher as a facilitator rather than a fountain of knowledge. The teacher will introduce, probe, and search the questions as well as the solutions. Imagine yourself as the guide on a journey that will allow students to view education with wide-eyed wonder and curiosity, rather than as something that we “go through” for twelve years.

Learners are no longer viewed as receptacles to be filled with information. They are active participants in the learning process, capable of constructing their own knowledge and having legitimate feelings that incite care and respect.

The growing shortage of qualified teachers for our schools has caused us to expand our efforts in recruiting and preparing potential teacher candidates from our talented Cadets. We have made an attempt to provide the latest information on issues that the Cadets will face. We have also tried to offer a balance between providing information and promoting opportunities for discovery by the Cadets. The use of technology, opportunities to solve problems, and student interactivity should make the curriculum appealing to students and teachers.

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The curriculum is divided into four units of study:

THE LEARNER

THE SCHOOL

THE TEACHER AND TEACHING

CULMINATING ACTIVITIES

 

Sample lesson from new STEM Unit Being Developed