After getting excited about the idea of making a core curriculum a couple of days ago, the realisation started to kick in. How on earth am I going to make this thing? And what am I going to include?
Well, I’ve got a few ideas that should help me to assemble this is the simplest way I can. That’s important after all, if it is too difficult, then I (and you) are more likely to give up while we’re making it.
Going digital (at first)
This is interesting considering Shawn Blanc has revealed he is going for a physical one, but at first I’m going for a digital version. It will be much easier for me to assemble and take around with me than trying to get a paper version together. Plus It makes a lot of sense in the initial drafting stage.
I’d love to print off a personal copy at some stage though as there is something about holding a physical copy of a book.
Choosing source material
The first key stage is to pick the few books to use as the essence of my core curriculum. My current thoughts are
– Celebration of discipline
– Getting things done
And probably a couple more. I’m sure some people will notice that the Bible isn’t on my list, well that’s because I read the Bible regularly anyway and have a sort of system like this for the Bible. In fact I’m going to take many of my ideas and techniques from bible study and apply them to my core curriculum.
I’m fairly sure the simplest system I could make is to use the kindle to read the books and then copy and paste the useful parts into my Evernote notebook. My plan is to copy each section or quote into a unique note with the title of the book, the theme and topic included as tags. This will help me to organise the data afterwards either by book or topic. I suspect I’ll prefer the later but the former will be how I read the material. Using tags will help me to easily sort the information later.
If you are interested in making your own core curriculum, I’d love to know how you are going to assemble and prepare yours as well as what material will make it in. Leave a comment below.