Document Type

Project

Publication Date

Spring 2016

Abstract

This project examined the process of developing curriculum and analyzed its efficacy. Initially there were two sets of curriculum involved, but only one is included here because I was unable to gain the permission to publicly publish the other. The curriculum that is included is the curriculum I developed the Math Club at Fairhaven Middle School in Bellingham, WA. This curriculum was developed and implemented independently of any official curriculum regulations. Thus, I was free to personalize and change the curriculum based on what I saw was most needed in the classroom setting. However, there were still challenges that needed to be overcome in order to reach the goals that I set for the curriculum.

I was given the position of Math Club Teacher for Fairhaven Middle School (FMS) in November of 2014. When I first started out, I had little to no direction in regards to what I was supposed to be teaching. So, first I developed the following three goals: I wanted the FMS Math club to… (1) be a welcoming environment where students could explore mathematics, (2) provide challenging material to stimulate problem solving, and (3) prepare students to compete in the Whatcom County Math Championship. So, to begin I studied the competition tests from previous years. After extensive study I developed a list of topics and skills that my students would be expected to know and developed worksheets and lesson plans based around them.

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