Content and Standards
Pioneers were often
disappointed to find how few supplies would fit
into their wagon.
Teachers have the same problem on the
cyber-prairie. There are many things to learn, but
only a limited of number of school days. Because we
only have a limited amount of time and resources to
reach our goals, we need to get the most from the
time we spend with our students.
Without careful packing, those new standards
won't fit in your curriculum wagon! Pioneers toss
stuff as they go and pick up new things along the
way. What supplies and resources did pioneers need
to survive on the prairie? Some simple rules and
guidelines helped pioneers build successful lives.
They couldn't do everything. They had to stick the
We can't teach everything, so it's important to
focus on specific standards and individual student
needs. For example, focus on regional history,
natural science, reading and writing, and
Read an article called, The
State of the States, to learn more about which
states are doing the best job with standards.