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Week 3B: Critical Lessons for our Times



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  • 1. Curriculum: Critical Lessons for our Times Week #3: Synthesis of New Knowledge
  • 2. Shifting “Curricular” Paradigms Traditionalism Progressivism 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
  • 3. Nel Noddings Critical Lessons What should our schools teach? We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. ***Albert Einstein
  • 4. Who Loves Math? Why Math Instruction is Unnecessary
  • 5. Poll Everywhere: Poll #1
  • 6. Poll Everywhere: Poll #2
  • 7. Simulation: What if? • Bad News: Due to years of ignoring the warnings of impeding catastrophe due to global warming, the Earth is collapsing in a series of extreme weather in the form of blizzards, hurricanes, drought, floods, and destructive tornadoes. • Good News: You have been selected to join a blended team of scientists, geologists, philosophers, medical personnel, and yes, even politicians to venture to a new “Earth-like planet” to set up our first interplanetary colony. We will have approximately 10,000 people including families and children. • Because of your expertise in curriculum foundation and inquiry, you have been chosen as our education team to devise a new curriculum that will be used for teaching the new children of our first colonists, as well as all of the future children that will arrive. • Design a curriculum that is based on five key principles (subjects, topics, structure, delivery, content, etc.) that will honor our past, and guide our future success. Good luck citizens – you have five minutes to accomplish your mission.
  • 8. Critical Lessons for our Times • What are the critical lessons we need to teach our students today? • Where is the place for teaching critical lessons within our curriculum? • What is the best way to do this? • How do we treat this in an “Alberta” context? • Why should we (if we should) integrate critical lessons into our curriculum?
  • 9. Stage 4: Plan Learning Activities and Instruction Unit Lesson Opener EDES 340 Presentations
  • 10. Planning Learning Activities: Think WHERETO: W Where are we going? Why? What is expected? O How will we organize and sequence the learning? H How will we hook and hold student interest? WHERETO T How will we tailor learning to varied needs, interests, styles? E How will we equip students to explore and experience? R How will we help students rethink, rehearse, revise, and refine? E How will students self-evaluate and reflect on their learning?
  • 11. Do your plans honor all of the multiple intelligences?
  • 12. Aim for the Bottom of the Pyramid
  • 13. Do your plans honor the best instructional strategies? The Engagement Cube
  • 14. Do your plans honor the best instructional strategies?
  • 15. Designing the Instructional Unit: Outcomes Content Instructional Strategies Learning Product Intelligence/ Learning Style
  • 16. Curriculum: Critical Lessons for our Times