Core Knowledge

By Paul Silli

The Core Knowledge Sequence (CKS) founded in 1978 by scholar Eric D. Hirch, is effective when lessons taught create new experiences for students while drawing on what they already know.

Students learn when they are given engaging content. Curriculum that consists of using technology and other “Kinesthetic” activities that builds from one grade to the next — increases learning outcomes. The heart of curriculum should be directed at improving: listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with learners. A fundamental question to ask is: “What do students need to know?” This can be connected to a learners prior knowledge.

Teachers should become flexible when writing lessons. It is essential to avoid the standard memorization of facts and dates — and focus more on the wider scope of learning. The Core Knowledge Sequence is designed to encourage steady growth as students develop problem-solving skills on a year-by-year basis.

→ For example, what 7th grade students learned about the pros & cons of the Bill of Rights should be reviewed and expanded on when they enter 8th grade. This will establish a strong foundation of learning. Understanding the Bill of Rights is key— however, knowing how the laws pertain to a person’s life is even more valuable.

The Core Knowledge Sequence is a proven methodology. For more info click: Books on Core Knowledge