I’ve had a tumblr account for quite some time now but my intention for having it was not to join the mix of the ever growing population of self-proclaimed bloggers and work in the wee hours of the night, creating or reacting to the next big and hot issue through blogging. I have honestly created this account to view funny pictures, quotes, videos and other meme’s, as they call it, which, most of the time, I find uplifting, relaxing and just a simple and easy way to unwind during or after a stressful day of school and work. We, the soon masters of our chosen nursing fields, were tasked to write a blog on anything about curriculum development. I already would like to thank you guys, and to you too Ma’am, for sparing your time in reading this blog and for all the good times this first semester.
Time to put my tumblr account to good use.
Curriculum Development can be defined a systematic planning of what is taught and what is learned in schools as reflected in courses of study and school programs (Conde, Elmer).During our first meeting, I was actually excited because developing a curriculum is much like developing activities for a specific program and that’s what we usually do at Department of Health; we assess, improve, retain or eliminate programs according to its need, purpose and impact in the community. Indeed, I’ve learned enough to better myself in doing such work
“By changing content and objective, teaching method will also change.” That, again, is according to Elmer AR Conde. The reason Iincluded that is because I want to share an experience of mine regarding the changing of teaching method, it’s implication to the teachers and to the students. Lectures in college for our major subjects were mostly conducted 8 hours per day, with a one hour break in between morning and afternoon sessions, and it is no secret that most of us dreaded on the idea of extending our attention span to be able to absorb every bit of information. The clinical instructors understood that by now, and we are all spectators that through time and technological evolution, they commonly use power point and LCD projectors to present their lectures with the incorporation of videos and other animations to fully explain procedures, concepts and diseases. I have read at least 2 interesting blogs from my classmates and I’m going to write something different; a simple experience and an example.
In comes my story.
One of our clinical instructors in college, apparently, isn’t fond of using such power point presentations. On our first day, she started out with using manila paper and she wrote down all definitions and keywords for our lessons—-she was teaching us MedSurg, in case you’re wondering. As the days went along, we saw improvement in her teaching style and WE WERE SO HAPPY and we were even clapping the first time she brought a laptop to class, turned it on, clicked on Microsoft WORD and used it for the day’s lecture. I admit that most of the time, the new generation tend to make fun of the older generation with regards to technology. That’s just what happens and we can’t blame both sides. But none the less she smiled, because she too was happy that we were all happy. On that same day, with our clinical instructor still learning the cracks of using the computer in presenting her lecture, I heard that she made a complaint to one of my blockmates that the first page was not moving no matter how she tried to scroll down. My blockmate assisted her only to find out the mouse was positioned bottom-side up! The page wouldn’t move because since it was positioned that way, it would always scroll up instead of down. The front rows were all giggles and hushed gossips and I felt bad a little bit because she was trying so hard yet she really had no idea what she was doing at that time, and I wanted to go up in front and hug her. But I didn’t do that because it would seem so dramatic—well, she just moved on like nothing happened. True that, nobody is old enough to learn new things in life, right? :)