Stopping by the Hidden Curriculum on a Spring Evening

I reach to name that which bubbles in ready laughter and stands still in tears that don’t fall, but I can’t. There is a story being lived out everyday in our third grade that can’t be pinned down in words. It is a song with unwritten chords that leaves a trail of notes in the air, sung and unsung, all at once. It is a poem with the last word missing that keeps us waiting. Hoping. Longing. Reaching. The bass notes are found in couplets of call and response.

I’m sorry.   I forgive you.

I’m taking responsibility.  That’s who you are.

Let me help.  I know you will.

I’ll include you.  No one is left out of the circle.

I’ll do it.  I’ll help.

A hidden curriculum exists that can’t be laid out with blueprints or spiraling objectives or benchmark tests… and mastery  takes a lifetime.  Teachers create the space that is broadened and deepened through inquiry, interaction, and the interruption of real life.

There is no record, except for whatever it is that bubbles up in easy laughter and stands still in tears that don’t fall. I stop in awe. And then I give myself a shake.  I have objectives to teach.  And miles to go before I sleep.

About Annie Campbell

Annie Campbell is a National Board Certified third grade teacher and loves her work. She especially enjoys teaching children how to be enthusiastic readers, writers, and problem solvers. Every year, she hopes to inspire her students to be committed citizens who know they can make a difference in the world around them. When she is not teaching, Annie enjoys cooking for family and friends; she likes to lose herself in a good book; she loves discovering new ideas, restaurants, perfect picnic places, and movies with her husband, Ben.
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6 Responses to Stopping by the Hidden Curriculum on a Spring Evening

  1. Ben Campbell says:

    That’s why I married you.

  2. Mom says:

    Those unwritten, unheard chords: Happy Birthday dear Fuad!!

  3. Susanna says:

    Beautiful Annie! I know those calls and responses.

  4. Debele says:

    Re: comments. Tra-la-la!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Of all that I have learned student teaching with you (and there is so much), I will remain most shaped by your mastery of the hidden curriculum. It is nothing that has been taught in graduate school, and yet it is such an important part of each day in the classroom. Thank you.

  6. Lauren says:

    Thank You!

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