Integrating curriculum

What are 3 facts you have learned about curriculum integration from exploring these resources? I have learnt about the advantages of studying subjects in a holistic, contextual way rather than in a vacuum! In public schools in Asheville and Buncombe, North Carolina, students learn math skills through clog dancing and explore the solar system through…

Inquiry-based learning

A SWOT graphic organiser (like the one below) can be used as an analysis tool. Use your knowledge of inquiry-based learning to identify Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of this approach. Strengths: Students develop as critical thinkers rather than sponges that gain information the way it is presented to them. Kath Murdoch believes inquiry-based learning can lead to self-assessing…

Integrated programs

What is your opinion about the concept of ‘silo’ and ‘non-silo’ learning in the middle years. An anti-silo mentality at school would be no different to that used for the success of other “businesses”. Just like the attitude that occurs when several departments or groups within an organisation do not want to share information or…

Humanities, Arts, Health & P.E.

Record in your learning journal the 5 most important things you have learned about the Humanities curriculum. The five most important things I have learned about the Humanities curriculum are: How the curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop humanities and social sciences understanding through key concepts including significance; continuity and change; cause and effect; place…

Curriculum

The cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities are integrated into the curriculum documents of the various States in different ways. Check curriculum documentation for your State and note in your learning journal how this is done. While the cross-curriculum priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia and…

Defining the Middle Years Learner

In a tweet length response (140 characters), describe a middle years learner.  @middleyearslearner, you’re like a roller coaster ride, up, down, changing direction, and with so much potential for greatness. Enjoy the ride! I’m on board too:)

Transitions

Think about the range of transitions that a middle school student is likely to encounter. Can you predict the effects of these transitions on the young person? Record your thoughts in your journal. I don’t think you can predict the effects of these transitions but with the knowledge we have about adolescents at this age, and the…

Teaching and learning strategies

Note any observations you have made about middle years students and their learning development from the two tables and the video clip. What stood out to me in this clip and the tables in particular is the re-occurrence of the word “self” in how middle years students should be developing their learning: developing self-awareness, self…

Assessment for, of and as learning

Take some time to explore the resource, noting especially the specific strategies you can use for formative assessment. Explore YouTube and Pinterest for formative assessment ideas. Record any useful resources you have found in your journal. 10 aspects of strategic questioning from the AITSL website. As well as asking open questions, using wait time and prompting…

Active learning strategies

Identify 3 active learning strategies you can use with later years students in your subject area. An internet search will give many subject specific examples. While many teachers recognise that learning requires students to be actively involved in learning for it to be meaningful, awareness can be strengthened if they understand the concept of active…

References

Abbott-Chapman, J. & Denholm, C. (2008). Gender Differences in Adolescent Risk Taking: Are they Diminishing? An Australian intergenerational study. Youth and Society, 40 (1). pp. 131-154. Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). (2016). http://www.aitsl.edu.au Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). (2016). www.acara.edu.au Adler, A. (1930). The Education of Children. Chicago: Gateway. Artze-Vega, I. (2012).  Retrieved from http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/active-listening-seven-ways-to-improve-students-listening-skills…

Encouraging deep learning

Read the following articles, noting points of interest and useful ideas you could incorporate in your teaching. I am really surprised to find that in the different approaches to learning, the achieving approach can co-exist with the surface approach as well as the deep approach. Who knew that skimming the surface, learning facts and other…