I think that in my current position using a brick to analyze my practice would be beneficial. We are looking at piloting a new curriculum and new set of course materials for next school year. We need to have a systematic way to evaluate the new materials that all teachers can understand and relate to.
The box that I think will be the most useful is the “strategic” box. As we evaluate a new book and curriculum, knowing the alternatives will be essential to making our final decision. We have the leeway with our administrator to try new materials until we find one that works best for our students.
This week’s discussion reminded me of the sales presentations we have been sitting in. Each publisher makes their book and materials seem like the “perfect” solution. None have tried to appear as a one stop shop of course materials, but they all make their curriculum appear pretty darn good. Luckily, our team is extremely inquisitive, so we spend an enormous amount of time asking the presenter questions. Each of us creating a brick on our experience with the pilots would help to guide our questions. I think that this is a useful tool that I could introduce to my team.