Have You Heard About the Concept of a Hidden Curriculum?

Have You Heard About the Concept of a Hidden Curriculum?

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First of all do you know what a “hidden curriculum” is? I was introduced to this concept several years ago and I find myself telling staff about it on a regular basis. So I thought I’d share this with you….just in case you didn’t know! 🙂

I’ve got a couple of things to share with you today:

  1. An explanation and examples of what a hidden curriculum is
  2. A couple of resources to help you teach your child/students about the hidden curriculum in their lives.

Take a look!

An activity you might enjoy doing with students is to create a personal or classroom hidden curriculum calendar where students/staff come up with enough content to put one of these “rules” one each page for 365 days!

Trust me, you would have enough to fill more than one yearly calendar!!!!

You may be surprised at what kinds of things we all just assume that everyone knows concerning what is happening in our daily lives, when in fact our kids with social deficits have no clue how to learn these important pieces of information.

Would your child/student know any of these curriculum pieces?

  1. It is rude to discipline another person’s children even if they are misbehaving.
  2. It is rude to go through someone’s house and look in rooms, drawers and closets
  3. If you only want one or two people from your class to come over for a party, it is rude to ask those people in front of the peers you are not inviting
  4. Do not accept medicine from another student
  5. If you have medication left over from an illness, it is illegal to sell it to someone else.
  6. If a door is closed, knock, wait for an answer before you attempt to go in.

If you start teaching a hidden curriculum or if you have already been doing this, let me hear from you!!! I’d love to know your experiences!!

Take care and I’ll see you next time!!


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