Teachers have a central role in modern education due to their influence on educational policy and practice. The instructional methods used by teachers have a significant impact on students’ learning outcomes, including their grades, test scores, and even motivation to learn. Instructional approaches used by teachers can also shape the learning environment as a whole. For instance, strict or autocratic teaching styles are likely to be met with more resistance than supportive ones, thus impairing students’ achievement.
In the context of elementary schools, instructional approaches and curriculum planning are essential because they contribute to the formation of students’ learning attitudes and interests. This presentation will explain the impact of teachers on elementary school curriculum and instruction.
Teachers’ Impact on the Curriculum
The curriculum is comprised of academic content to be learned as part of a specific course. Curricula have to be reviewed and updated regularly, and thus curriculum development is a primary concern in education. Teachers are often involved in curriculum development alongside other educators. They can help to design an effective curriculum by evaluating and enhancing its coverage of the subject. They can also ensure that the curriculum entails an adequate level of workload and that students will have time and energy to learn other subjects. Teachers can also review content structure to make sure that the sequence in which the material is delivered is coherent and logical. In this way, teachers can assist in developing and improving the curriculum in elementary schools and in other contexts.
Teachers’ Impact on Instruction
The term “instruction” usually refers to a set of methods and practices used in classroom teaching. Teachers are responsible for delivering the course material to students, and thus they have the ultimate impact on instruction. In particular, teachers can shape their instructional practices to match students’ needs and abilities. They can also engage in professional development to gain awareness of new instructional methods and improve classroom instruction.
Effect of Instruction on Students
Instruction is crucial to promoting early learning skills in elementary education. Instruction style can impact students’ abilities in problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and learning. Research into instruction styles found that specific instructional styles were more useful than others in education. Evidence-based instruction can enhance academic outcomes, whereas student-oriented practices can benefit student-teacher relationships and learning outcomes.
Effects of the Topic on Classroom Teaching
Understanding the impact of teachers on curriculum development and instruction is crucial since it motivates educators to contribute and learn more about these aspects of the work. For example, I will seek to explore this topic further to improve my instructional practices and be able to contribute to the curriculum. I will also engage in continuing education to ensure the high quality of education provided to students. Still, the topic is also connected with some negative effects, including increased teachers’ responsibility and accountability.
Participating in curriculum development would help me to structure course content well and meet students’ needs. As a result, students will benefit from improved academic outcomes. Implementing evidence-based instructional styles will also allow me to contribute to students’ success. Additionally, effective instruction will help me in developing and maintaining students’ motivation and student-educator relationships.
Based on the present discussion, several solutions for practice should be considered. Firstly, teachers should engage in curriculum planning as much as possible to develop more effective curricula. In case their role is restricted, teachers should advocate for policies increasing their role in curriculum planning. They should also pursue continuous professional development to learn effective approaches to curriculum planning and instruction. As part of classroom teaching, teachers have to appraise students’ needs regularly, tailor instruction to them and use evidence-based instructional methods and practices.
Overall, teachers have a prominent role in education that extends beyond their classrooms. They can assist in curriculum planning and development, providing unique knowledge and insight to help make the curriculum more effective. Throughout their career, teachers should invest in their professional development. Adequate knowledge of instructional approaches will assist them in selecting the most effective one and applying it in their classrooms.
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- Soe, H. Y. (2018). The Impact of teachers’ professional development on the teachers’ instructional practices: An analysis of TALIS 2013 Teacher Questionnaire, Finland. The WCCES Chronicle, 2(3), article 7.