What content should be kept?
What content should be cut?
What content should be created?
CONTENT- central element in curriculum
design and can be organized within
disciplines or interdisciplinary designs
Tenets Leading to Content
•Global perspective is developed
•Personal and local perspective is cultivated
•Whole child is looked at
•Future careers and work options are developed
•Technology and media are expanded
•Complexity of content matches age and stage of the learner
Examining the Disciplines
Social Studies as Perspectives
Traditional divisions Go through fission and become
History POLITICAL ECONOMICS
Anthropology ECONOMIC ANTHROPOLOGY
Sociology HISTORICAL SOCIOLOGY
Economics HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY
Political science ANTHROPOLOGICAL POLITICS
What to do in Social Studies?
•Expose students to multiple maps for information
•Discuss changing economic realities
•Prepare “school leavers” to function
independently in the real world
•Take time to teach global studies
Sciences in Action:
What if we
Four Science Subset Strands:
1.The Living World
2.The Planet Earth & Beyond
3.The Physical World
4.The Material World
Neglected area of science- astronomy
Elementary often emphasizes life science at the
expense of physical science topics
Fears of controversy in science courses- religion,
genetic engineering, and space exploration
Let students become “detectives and solution makers”
Encourage curiosity, being creative, and using senses
for making observations
Educating the Person:
Health & Physical
English and Literature
•Creative note taking and note making
•Editing and revising strategies
ROOT OF ALL PERFORMANCE:
Other ideas in English and
Make use of:
Compare/contrast film version with the text versions
Use rap to convey messages
Did you know…
China will soon have the largest English-speaking
The most frequently spoken languages are:
Mandarin Chinese @ 12.44%
Spanish @ 4.85%
English @ 4.83%
Arabic @ 3.25%
-from the US CIA World Factbook 2009
Teaching Math as a Language
Aesthetic Senses, Ideas, and
and through it.
Take in and
New School Versions:
Reinventing and Reuniting
School Program Structures
Will graduates of 2110…
•Be part of virtual learning magnet programs?
•Have global network buddies?
•Be in holographic yearbooks?
Fueling 21st Century
Needs innovation and new knowledge
Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow
• “The most desirable skills: work
ethic, collaboration, social responsibility, and
critical thinking and problem-solving.
Employers also see creativity and innovation
as being increasingly important in the future”.
but also remember…
1. Form should always follow function
–An architectural principle is that the
shape of a building or object should
be primarily based upon its intended
function or purpose.
2. The whole is the sum of the parts
Why or Why Nots?
Do we need 13 years to graduate?
Do school’s time frames match the nature of the task?
Do we only go to school with the people who live in our
community with all of the technology that is available?
Wonder if we…
Learned in a Virtual Space Environment
with students from France in a videoconferencing room!
Learned based on Performance vs Seat Time in VLM’s
(Virtual Learning Magnets)!
Offered students a Virtual Curriculum Menu!
Grouping of Students
Keep in mind: Form should follow function. Does it in
Institutional grouping- gender, age, proficiency based…
Instructional grouping- skill
levels, cooperative, competitive…
Independent grouping- clubs, internships, travel abroad…
Grouping of Professionals
Departments, Grade Levels, and Building Levels
MEET AROUND PROBLEMS TO SOLVE
Data analysis teams
Global network teams
Physical and Virtual Space
Connecting with Peers Around the World
Challenging Old Assumptions with Critical Thinking
Think Like Architects!!!
Flexible schedules led by multiple professionals with a
wide range of student groupings in a virtual setting!!!
Architects design – Contractors build!