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Nigel Coutts

Multiple perspectives on an understanding of inquiry - The Learner's Way - 2 views

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    Recently I have been contemplating how we might define inquiry. Like many terms in education, it is often used in multiple contexts and has a range of meanings attached to it. Coming to agreement on what inquiry is, requires negotiating seemingly divergent understandings. If we are to avoid oversimplifications and dichotomous thinking, we need to explore these multiple perspectives and find a balance point.
Nigel Coutts

Might now be the time rethink our curriculum? - The Learner's Way - 2 views

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    Perhaps the disruption of a global pandemic will prompt a rethinking of how education might be framed to best serve the needs of those who rely on it most? Perhaps now is the time to rethink the curriculum?
Nigel Coutts

Might curriculum overloading come from "Idea Creep" - The Learner's Way - 6 views

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    I would like to propose that one cause of curriculum overcrowding is a phenomenon I refer to as "Idea Creep".
Nigel Coutts

What skills might our students most need beyond school? - The Learner's Way - 8 views

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    It is tempting to make predictions of the skills that our students will need beyond their time at school. Such wondering can be a useful guide as we contemplate what we shall focus on with our curriculum. Unsurprisingly, there is no shortage of predictions for future skillsets published by educators, economists and analysts. What might we learn from such lists, and how should education systems respond?
Nigel Coutts

Moving beyond linear plans for learning - The Learner's Way - 8 views

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    An important part of the role of any educator is that of planning learning sequences. Perhaps you are tasked with designing curriculum or more likely you are translating a mandatory curriculum into workable units of learning. The task is complex and there are multiple arrangements. The goal is to design units that connect students with learning in ways that are meaningful and relevant. A well-designed unit of learning fits seamlessly alongside other learning opportunities and the overall sequence of learning should match the learners developing expertise. As we plan units of learning we must consider a great variety of factors which impact the learning we design. Our knowledge of our students and where they are with their learning is crucial and a strong place to start. We also need to know what it is we are required to teach and have a grab bag of pedagogical moves that bring this content alive.
Nigel Coutts

Confronting the fear and challenge of a new curriculum - The Learner's Way - 6 views

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    Our learners will never now a world where Digital Technologies are not the norm. Using solutions developed within this space and with this mindset is already their normal. Unless they are to be slaves to this technology we must also empower them to be creators of digital solutions. To do this we must begin with recognising the challenges that a curriculum built around mastery of Digital Technologies brings to our teachers and seek to understand the supports they require.
Nigel Coutts

A curriculum built on the fundamental questions of our disciplines - The Learner's Way - 6 views

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    As we make plans for how we will engage our students in their learning the decisions we make become fundamental to how they will grow to understand the purposes of learning. How our learners approach the curriculum and the disciplines is fundamental to the outcomes we may achieve for them. One path will set them up to view learning as the acquisition of information the other to see it as a process of asking and exploring questions of significance through the many unique lenses.
Nigel Coutts

Learning with the New Science & Technology Curriculum - The Learner's Way - 3 views

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    In the final weeks of 2017 a new Science & Technology Curriculum for Kindergarten to Year Six slipped into the schools of New South Wales. What does this new curriculum bring and what does it reveal about the nature of learning as we approach the year 2020?
Nigel Coutts

What if? Reflections from the ACSA Conference - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    Last week I spent three days thinking about curriculum and all that it means to teaching and learning thanks to the Australian Curriculum Studies Association's biannual conference. It was three days of deeply thoughtful conversation and learning with just the right mix of academic research and ideas for grounded practice straight out of innovative classrooms and schools. With keynotes by Alan Reid, Dan Haesler, Bob Lingard, Robert Randall and Jan Owen combined with Masterclasses from some of Australia's leading educators there was much on offer. The biggest challenge was deciding which workshop you would attend when every session offered such outstanding opportunities.
Paul Beaufait

TEACHER VOICE: When it comes to teacher training, the U.S. could learn a thing or two f... - 9 views

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    "Preparation for a career shaping the minds, values and spirit of our youth requires people of substance who are attracted to the profession because being an educator is an engaging and secure job choice" (¶17).
Nigel Coutts

Shaping the Curriculum - Exploring Integration - The Learner's Way - 11 views

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    After two days of talking about curriculum, integration, STEM, STEAM and HASS I am left with more questions than I started with. In some respects, the concept of curriculum integration is simple. It is after all something that Primary teachers almost take for granted. But for Senior and Tertiary educators the question of curriculum integration is inherently complex. At all levels questions emerge of what curriculum integration might achieve, what purposes it serves, what it could and should look like and how it should be supported by curriculum planners. In the current climate, with its debate around the role of education within an innovation economy, shaped by technology and confronting demands for a STEAM enabled workforce the shape of our curriculum is under pressure. 
Paul Beaufait

Curriculum21 - Clearinghouse - 31 views

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    Resources in dozens of categories: "21st Century Skills, Android Apps, Art, Arts, ASCD 2012, Assessment, Audio, Blogs, C21 Webinars, Career/Tech Ed, Chemistry, Chess, Common Core State Standards, Curriculum Mapping, Dictionary, Digital Literacies, Digital Storytelling, Digital Tools, Early Childhood, eCoaching, English/Language Arts, ePortfolios, Film, Games, Global, Global Education, Global Partnerships, Government, Grades 3-5, Health, Heritage, High, High School, History, Humanities, Images In the Classroom, Infographics, Interdisciplinary, Issues, iPad/iPhone Apps, K-2, Languages, Library-Media Literacy, LiveBook, Math, Media Arts, Middle School, Mobile Learning, Music, New Forms, News, Open Learning, Physical Education, Podcast, Professional Development, Provocations for Professionals, Reading, Repositories, Science, Social Networking, Social Studies, Sustainability, Technology, The Arts, Theatre, Uncategorized, Videos, Webinars, World Languages, [and] Writing" (2012.08.29).
Jean Potter

BBC - Schools: Educational resources from the BBC - 40 views

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    Many educational resources from the BBC - separated by level. Although with a "British" twist for vocabulary, well worth checking out. The "questionnaut" on the KS2 Bitesize page is quite different than typical US review games.
Paul Beaufait

4Teachers : Tools - 46 views

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    "timesaving educational resources that use technology to improve instruction across all content areas and grade levels" (4Teachers Family of Tools, ¶1)
mbarek Akaddar

Curriki - 24 views

  • The non-profit empowering educators to deliver and share curricula
Steve Ransom

Subject Matters: Why students fall behind on history - CNN.com - 22 views

  • "I think they learn information by itself, in isolation," Frazer said of his students. "But putting the big picture together is not happening."
  • History is not an area that requires testing under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, so it often gets shortchanged
  • "The only issue that I have with what I teach is, I wish I had time to go deeper,"
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  • "You have to take away time from the bigger topics in order to make sure you cover small details, just because they could appear on the state exam,"
  • constantly weighing how much "trivia"
  • Because some of that material was covered as long ago as eighth grade, Frazer must take time to review so his students can pass the high school test.
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    Great article that paints our current educational direction toward trivia vs. deep understanding
Clif Mims

e-Learning for Kids - 22 views

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    Gail Braddock describes e-Learning for Kids as "free e-courses for kids all around the world. This site has engaging and interactive courses for kids in online safety, computer skills such as using Google, typing, and core subjects like language arts, math, and science. Most of the courses are for elementary school-aged children, and involve dynamic avatars, and are highly interactive."
Paul Beaufait

CI5472 Teaching Film, Television, and Media - 28 views

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    "This website is designed to support the book Teachingmedialiteracy.com: A Web-Linked Guide to Resources and Activities" (index page, ¶1, 2010.08.03)
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