Critical Lessons for our Times
Week #3: Synthesis of New Knowledge
1. Where do you put “constructivism” and “behaviorism”?
2. Where would you put “junior high philosophy” and “middle school
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
Nel Noddings Critical Lessons
What should our schools teach?
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking
we used when we created them.
Who Loves Math?
Why Math Instruction is Unnecessary
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
• 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.
Critical Lessons for our
• 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”
• Why should we (if we should) integrate
critical lessons into our curriculum?
Stage 4: Plan Learning
Activities and Instruction
Unit Lesson Opener
EDES 340 Presentations
Planning Learning Activities:
Where are we
How will we
How will we
hook and hold
How will we tailor
learning to varied
How will we equip
How will we help
How will students
reflect on their
Do your plans honor all of the multiple intelligences?