Science curriculum

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Science curriculum

  1. 1. David Geelan University of Queensland
  2. 2. <ul><li>The syllabus is the document handed down by the government that mandates what must be taught and how it must be assessed. It also makes suggestions for how it must be taught. </li></ul><ul><li>The curriculum is developed by the teacher or teaching team and is made up of the experiences students will have in the course. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Ideally a collaborative process </li></ul><ul><li>Based on the syllabus </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t reinvent the wheel </li></ul><ul><li>Do use your freedom </li></ul><ul><li>On-going adaptive process </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Rather than simply list the content to be taught, it is more powerful to plan - at the lesson, unit and year levels - in terms of the activities the students will do </li></ul><ul><li>This helps to keep the teacher’s attention on having a wide variety of activities, and changing activities regularly </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>A unit should have a ‘story arc’, a way for students to be able to think their way through it </li></ul><ul><li>The storyline is in addition to the key concepts/big ideas in the unit </li></ul><ul><li>A story has a beginning that sets up expectations, a middle that complicates them and an end that resolves them </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Stereotypically but not always girls tend to think more globally and boys more sequentially </li></ul><ul><li>You will have both kinds of learners in your class </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Advance Organisers’ (Ausubel) that give the big picture help global thinkers and don’t harm sequential thinkers </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>You will need to make clear to the students your expectations and what they need to learn </li></ul><ul><li>Your assessment items and assessment criteria also need to be public and shared with students </li></ul><ul><li>You will also need to show work plans to department heads and supervisors </li></ul>

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