Week #2: A Synthesis of Learning
Curriculum – Now and Then
We will be focusing on synthesizing what we have learned about the knowledge,
skills, attributes of quality teaching and apply this to what we know about the 21st
Course Work: PLC Presentations (Movie Trailers, Glogs)
Course Participation Task #2: My Resume
Tech Task #2: Our Symbaloo
Reader Response #2: Integration Articles
Chapters 1, 2, 3 & 4: How to Integrate the Curricula
Retrieved from “What did you
do in school today?”, Canadian
Education Association, 2009
Symbols, Models and Frameworks
of learning and schools
Compare and Contrast
Finish the sentence:
Schools are like _______________________because
Learning is like _______________________because
A symbol of learning/schools today is _______________
Old Thinking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_bOh9OIHbY
New Thinking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U
What is Curriculum?
Who decides what curriculum is taught?
Why do we study the specific subjects we do, in the
way we do, and test them as we do?
What influences how curriculum changes?
Where do present schooling practices come from?
To What questions are schools the answers?
How do different societies educate their young?
Curriculum: Now and Then
John Franklin Bobbit
How far have we progressed?
Shifting “Curricular” Paradigms
1. Where do you put “constructivism” and “behaviorism”?
2. Where would you put “junior high philosophy” and
“middle school philosophy?
3. Where would you put “teacher directed curriculum” and
“student directed curriculum”?
4. What have been the patterns in Canada’s history?
5. Where are we in Alberta? The rest of the World?
6. Where would you put “YOU”?
7. Thinking Differently for the Future: Sir Ken Robinson
How have these incidents
How does this student experience the prescribed curriculum?
More Curriculum Questions
How will you teach todays digital natives when they
come to you in middle school? (Remember Bridger)
What will children need to know 10 years from now (or
25 years from now)?
What defines if a student is successful? What is
academic success? Who should measure it? How often
should it be measured?
Who should be involved in curriculum development?
Who should evaluate curriculum?
What do today’s students say about the curriculum?