How do you make the curriculum relevant to the lives of your students?
Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Social Studies Teacher interview
As a teacher, it's up to you to make the curriculum applicable to your students. It can't always be relevant but it can be made easier to digest.
Think of an example of a topic that was very difficult to teach because it was a little beyond the scope of your students. How did you present the material? Sometimes it comes down to your passion for the subject and how you interact with the students.
If you give them an activity to do in groups or alone that interests them, the topic can be that much more interesting. Incorporating elements of your teaching style will help in your example. Also sharing tools and techniques you have learned are other ways to make the curriculum more interesting to your students.
Basic answer example
"In order to make a curriculum more relevant to the lives of my students, I choose topics that are relatable and current. I study a lot of pop-culture and try to incorporate the current happenings into my lesson plans."
Entry Level answer example
"I want to get to know my students, and what excites them. I think it's important to take suggestions from them on what they want to hear more about, and which current events they find most riveting. Of course, I need to stick with the curriculum, but I can always find ways to incorporate their interests at the same time."
Experienced answer example
"I have developed an excellent curriculum over the years, but I do change it every year to reflect the current social issues that my students face. As a social studies teacher, being relevant and in the now is especially important. I am an excellent listener and always accept feedback from my students."