Monthly Archives: September 2015

Tyler’s Rationale

Most of us have all experienced Tyler’s rationale in one way or another throughout our schooling. Tyler looks at four fundamental questions that ask educators to confirm the goals they wish to attain, their organizational strategies, their efficacy strategies and their form assessments. Tyler approaches the curriculum theory by providing a step by step process that has considerable organizational power. A clear notion of outcome so that content and method may be organized and the results evaluated. Step number six includes the organization of learning. I believe this is a process we have all been through and as becoming teachers it is something we are going to have to be good at. Throughout highschool, my teachers had to lesson plan and organize what we were going to learn in class. It was up to the teachers to provide their students with the proper learning experiences. I believe some of my learning experiences were positive but I have also had some negative experiences as well. The teachers are the ones who choose what we learn in school, and it is up to them to make it engaging. I had a science teacher that would go way of track during our lectures and I felt that I didn’t learn any of the content. For me, this provided a negative learning experience and I felt that he was not very organized with his planning. Due to his poor organizational skills his students did not learn the appropriate outcomes and indicators within the subject.

Limitations of Tyler’s rationale includes that it takes away from the learners and they are left with little to no voice at all. They are unable to learn the way they want to and have no say in what they are interested in learning. Learning can be overlooked within the classroom settings. His rationale doesn’t consider the students and the diversity within the classroom. I believe that it is so important to get to know our students and to be able to engage the students in their learning experiences.

Benefits of Tyler’s rational is that it is simple. We learned in our friday lecture that because his rationale was so simple it became popular. Due to the simplicity of his rationale it was applied in most schools. Simple is not always the case. As teachers nothing is going to be easy, and it is up to us to make our students experiences positive and well worth their time!


Kumashiro- “Common Sense”

What is “Common Sense”

Kumashiro identifies “common sense” as something everyone should already know. It is something we as humans rely on and it gives us a sense of comfort. Through time, Kumashiro had to learn and experience Nepali because they didn’t share the same common sense. It takes time to learn what others may think is “common sense”. What we think makes sense, others may not. Schools are suppose to look a certain way, but common sense limits what is considered to be consistent. Kumashiro states that common sense tells us what we “should” be doing. Not what we “could” be doing.

Why is it Important to Pay Attention to Common Sense?

It is important to pay attention to common sense because we need to “look beyond” what and how we teach and learn. It doesn’t mean we reject everything nor does it mean that we search for a better approach, but we become open to other methods and ways of teaching.