Learning Journey To Smss

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  • 1. LJ to SMSS Integrated Humanities
  • 2. Curriculum Design • Teacher determines the success of the curriculum • Link between what is planned, enacted and experienced • Look at the literature • Visit NIE (Library & Talk to Experts)
  • 3. Why Integrate? • To experiment • To meet a need • Fill a gap • Correct a situation • Integration an approach • It is natural • MOE is going to introduce an integrated syllabus
  • 4. Why IH? • Observations • Thinking and Knowledge in Silos • Unable to make connections between what is learnt in the classroom and the real world
  • 5. Why IH? • Benefits of Curriculum Integration • Make connections between classroom and real life • Increase students cognitive development • Practical application • Make learning more meaningful • Active construction of knowledge
  • 6. Objectives of IH • To help students see the connections between Geography and History • To provide a broad perspective
  • 7. Frameworks • PETALS • Tone of Environent • Fogarty’s Models of Integration • Shared / Integrated Models • UbD • Explanation, Interpretation
  • 8. Geography IH History
  • 9. Themes • Sec 1 • Change and Continuity • Sec 2 • Vulnerability & Tenacity
  • 10. What is IH @ SMSS • Taught mostly by 1 teacher as a single subject (currently) • 6 - 30min periods a week • Team teaching • To solve the problem of the lack of knowledge and skills (at the beginning)
  • 11. Assessment • Summative Assessment • Formative Assessment • Bonus Assessment
  • 12. Exam Paper Sections Sec 1 Sec 2 MCQ Y SBQ/SEQ Y Y Scenario Based Y Y Map Skills Y Y
  • 13. Example of Scenario • You are a minister, there is a problem...you are given three solutions. Which is the best solution? Why not the other two?
  • 14. Concerns / Challenges • Capacity Building and Professional Development • Need to get core group of teachers ready • Rigor of Curriculum • Systemic Issues
  • 15. Challenges • Teacher ability and focus area • Familiarization with content and skills for Geography and History • Team teaching • Guidance by more experienced teachers
  • 16. Challenges • Constantly on the look out for relevant materials • Collaborative culture in school • Preparation of Assessment • Students need to be reminded that content mastery alone is insufficient
  • 17. Literature • Wineburg, S. & Grossman, P. (2002) Interdisiplinary Curriculum: Challenges to Implementation. • Fogarty, R. (1991). ‘How to Integrate the Curriculum’ Paletine: IRI/Skylight Publishing Inc. • Project Zero Website • www.pz.harvard.edu/